Written By: Cleo Cosens

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With a growing global emphasis on sustainable practices, Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) has soared to the top of business priorities across all sectors, with the commercial real estate industry at the forefront. With 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions originating from buildings (28% from operations and 11% from construction and materials, according to the World Green Building Council), the need for greener strategies is undeniable. A cloud-based building management system (BMS) plays a vital role in these ESG initiatives, driving transformation in environmental management and fostering equitable, comfortable workspaces.


The New ESG Paradigm in Building Operations

Transitioning to a cloud-based BMS represents a pivotal shift in building operations, directly impacting ESG initiatives. This innovative approach significantly outperforms traditional on-premise BMS, providing enhanced scalability, flexibility, and security.

Scalability in the cloud-based BMS realm is virtually seamless, facilitating integration with other systems as your business expands without heavy hardware expenses. With systems built on open standards, you can scale your operations aligned with your growth trajectory.

Flexibility is another key advantage. A cloud-based BMS empowers you to manage operations remotely, anytime, anywhere. Coupled with real-time data analysis, this flexibility streamlines the path towards achieving ESG goals, enabling faster and more informed decision-making.

When it comes to security, cloud-based BMS employs commercial-grade encryption and robust disaster recovery strategies to protect your data. This fortified security architecture provides resilience against unforeseen disruptions.

In a nutshell, transitioning to a cloud-based BMS redefines building operations management while bolstering ESG initiatives. With promises of efficiency, adaptability, and security – this shift is a cornerstone for sustainable commercial real estate management. 

Leveraging a Cloud-Based Building Management System for Practical ESG Applications

With cloud-based BMS, realising ESG initiatives becomes more practical. Let’s delve into how this technology is applied in reality.



Monitor and control building systems remotely with a cloud-based BMS, guaranteeing optimal energy use. For example, automate lighting to dim or switch on/off in response to occupancy levels within rooms or spaces while adjusting HVAC settings accordingly. These proactive measures play a pivotal role in promoting effective energy conservation practices.




Maintain optimal indoor air quality with a cloud-based BMS by tailoring environmental conditions to occupants’ comfort. For example, continuously monitor temperature, humidity, and air quality. If the temperature rises, the BMS adjusts HVAC settings to maintain a pleasant work environment. Similarly, if air quality declines, ventilation systems are triggered to ensure fresh air circulation. The cloud-based BMS optimises conditions, creating a conducive work environment that minimises distractions and promotes productivity.



Through automated emergency light testing, fire alarm testing, and real-time compliance reporting. The cloud-based BMS ensures adherence to safety regulations. This commitment to compliance enhances the company’s corporate governance practices, safeguarding occupants and aligning their commitment to maintaining a secure environment.

Looking Ahead

The intersection of ESG initiatives and cloud-based BMS technology helps to build a smarter and more sustainable future for the next generations. By embracing this technology, businesses can enhance ESG performance, cut operating costs, and nurture a healthier, more comfortable environment for building occupants. This convergence is set to reshape the sustainable commercial real estate landscape.

If you are a commercial building owner or property manager interested in leveraging this technology, let’s schedule a call and find out.

Kevin Davies

Kevin Davies

Pulse Systems | Managing Director