Problem Addressed

How to collate data from separated building systems and transform it into one easy-to-read solution that can make automating space usage and energy consumption, building sustainability and a net zero carbon building become reality.

This solution was sourced in response to one of UKGBC’s past challenges on ‘Linking Building Occupancy to Energy Use’.

Solution Overview

The Smart Spaces building automation platform flexibly integrates leading-edge smart technologies into the legacy building management system of a portfolio. Smart Spaces use Bluetooth beacons, PIR sensors and access control integration to monitor building occupancy and adjust the HVAC and lighting accordingly. Using a single app – accessible on smartphones, desktops and tablets – users benefit from real-time view and control over space utilisation, including space density management. Having control of lighting, climate and energy consumption allows occupiers and owners to better understand their smart building. Moreover, using insights gained by the anonymised aggregated data collected by the platform, real-time efficiency levels are constantly monitored and set against target KPIs. This analysis translates into effective use of resources and valuable improvements in the long run.

The set-up and configuration of the iOS & Android App and admin web portal starts from £50k with systems vendor integrations POA and option digital twin subject to architect’s BIM/3D Model. On-going costs start from £1,950 per month. Value is derived from occupier satisfaction, operational efficiency and the expected return on energy use is a 10-20% reduction. For landlords, this pertains to attracting and retaining occupiers initially, moving then to evidencing increased satisfaction, reduced energy usage through optimisation strategies and, longer term, driving asset value. For occupiers, workplace productivity can be measured by comparing historical building use data to that of a healthier smart building that offers greater indoor air quality, granular control of workspaces, contactless access, and integrated bookable facilities such as meeting rooms and desks on demand. The reporting and metrics from this can also help occupiers to evidence their own investment in ESG, people and sustainability.

Case Study

Smart Spaces technology was used on the Great Portland Estates Plc development which won both the Refurbished/Recycled Workplace Award and Innovation Award at BCO 2020. This was achieved using Cause & Effect relationships to drive energy optimisation based on real-time occupancy and demand. Smart Spaces also provided users with the ability to disable their AC and switch off the HVAC or control the temperature while showing them their real-time energy use.

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