Connected Buildings


Transitioning over to Smart Building
Technology starts with improving
building connectivity

 

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Smart building technology not only improves energy efficiency and operational performance, but also provides more comfortable working environments for occupants. Stand-alone systems require more resources and time to manage. Integrating disparate systems provides an enterprise-wide view of an entire building which can then be managed with intelligent automation control processes to improve efficiency. To achieve this, smart buildings exploit IoT-enabled Building Management Systems (BMS), sensors, metering and controls to remotely monitor and proactively respond to user requirements.

Migrating over to smart building technology can seem like a daunting task especially when considering the level of sophistication required to set up the necessary control’s automation, monitoring and reporting. However, depending on the organisation’s goals, size and business activities, it is possible to integrate smart technology within a building without the need for a complex or costly setup.

Benefits

Remote access to building performance data, and all levels from the overview to the granular
Instant insight into property asset performance issues, with ability for remote diagnostics and remedial actions – reduced call-out and site attendance costs
Data aggregation and portfolio level analysis and performance reporting
Potential for portfolio-level control – bulk uploads of control strategy changes, set-point alterations etc
Tracking and verification of energy efficiency interventions to monitor performance and prove business cases
Facilitation of information gathering for sustainability reporting such as GRESB, CDP etc

Technical Energy Centre (TEC)

Once a site is connected, our clients can then subsequently benefit from our TEC. Unique to the market, our TEC combines the technical expertise of our Energy Data Analysts and Engineers with world leading energy management tools that enables us to identify and eliminate inefficiencies in building performance on a proactive basis.


Step 1 - Site Audit

Our consultants will complete an initial site visit to review the existing BMS, controls, sensors and metering within the building.  Our BMS and controls specialists will then undertake a gap analysis addressing energy performance and controls  automation.


Step 2 - BMS and Metering Strategy

We will then talk through the most appropriate course of action and present impartial recommendations based on the requirements and goals of the organisation.  A formal BMS and Metering strategy will then be scoped following this consultation process.


Step 3 - Design and Procurement

A formal metering strategy is then developed and discussed with the client.  Once approved, we will then manage an open market tender process to source the best suppliers and installers (if the installation is not undertaken in-house).


Step 4 - Installation and Commissioning

Roll-out of the approved metering strategy and installation including commissioning and data connections to ensure robust data flows from the property / portfolio.


Step 5 - Proactive Improvements / Reporting (TEC)

ETS can then assist with remote BMS access to sub-meter data to proactively identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency as well as reduce operational cost and carbon footprint.

Application

Transitioning over to Smart Building technology starts with improving building connectivity. Sensors, main meters, sub-meters and Building Management Systems (BMS) need to be able to share information on plant performance, user behaviour and energy consumption. It is also important the BMS is IoT-enabled to provide remote access to the site’s controls and building performance data.

Our five-step process ensures our clients receive a holistic and tailored solution to their specific portfolio requirements. Our consultants’ valuable project and building knowledge ensure our clients are presented with the best options available and provided with appropriate guidance on maintenance / serviceability.

Once a site is connected, our specialists can then assist in setting the control parameters to the users’ requirements, at the most operationally and energy efficient set points.

Clients can also subsequently benefit from our Technical Energy Centre, utilising consumption data and a wide variety of related metrics to accurately track portfolio performance and identify additional areas for further efficiencies.

Service Features

  • Impartial advice on appropriate solution
  • A competitive tender process with guidance from industry experts on maintenance and serviceability
  • Experienced and trained BMS and Controls specialists on-hand to diagnose connectivity and controls issues
  • Data validation through our TEC to ensure sensors and meters are accurately recording the correct information
  • After sales support and access to Senior Consultants

Download our Guide

Our guide provides an overview of our connected buildings service including the full steps to achieving building connectivity and adding intelligence to your portfolio.

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