Johnson Controls and CBRE Group, a commercial real estate services and investment firm headquartered in Los Angeles, have developed an integrated digital solution for the Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) office in the SCB Building in Kowloon East, Hong Kong.
Led by the CBRE JCI Building Innovation Lab, this pilot deploys Johnson Controls’ cloud-based Enterprise Management (JEM) platform, which is integrated with CBRE Vantage, to identify and resolve building inefficiencies, as well as to improve workplace efficiency through smart monitoring and preventive facility maintenance.
Johnson Controls highlighted that energy conservation is the key driver for revitalizing the office located within the 33-story building that was built in 1992. Upon project completion, seven percent of the office’s annual energy expenditure, will be reduced through identified optimization opportunities. An additional 5-7% in energy and operational savings has been projected for the next few years, based on the historical energy consumption trends.
The solution enables occupants and employees to have insight into and control over their environment in a proactive and streamlined manner and alerts them of issues such as uneven heating and equipment failures to ensure the future needs of buildings are met, Johnson Controls said.
Standard Chartered Bank has plans to implement similar enhancements for its 113 sites across Asia. Countries such as Singapore, Mainland China, South Korea, Japan and India have been identified, which is expected to deliver 5-15% annual energy savings and 5-10% annual maintenance and repair savings through operational insights and proactive and predictive HVAC asset management strategies.
“The improvements have exceeded our expectations by saving energy and money, and also revitalized the classically styled building by making the interior atmosphere more modern. The technology powering the office space is also smarter, more connected and sustainable,” said Darren Sear, head ofeEngineering, energy and environment at Standard Chartered Bank. “We look forward to rolling out this practice to more cities in the Asia-Pacific region, to realize all-round connections, efficient management, and energy-saving operations among our office buildings.”
CBRE JCI Building Innovation Lab is able to implement integration and analytics technology for improved monitoring, operation, and maintenance of the facilities, the company said. This includes the cloud-based platform JEM, which utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to analyze building data across the enterprise, and to help customers identify opportunities to save money and streamline operations. These insights and recommendations are automatically sent to CBRE Vantage for deploying operational improvements and to ensure continuous and stable operations of the building.
“Our joint solution with CBRE, which can be applied across multiple buildings or industrial campus globally, plays to the strength of both organizations. The solution bridges the gaps between building operation, maintenance and management, and further improves efficiencies in energy, operations and space utilization in all types of buildings,” said Terrill Laughton, vice president and general manager of energy optimization and connected equipment at Johnson Controls.
“We have established a strategic alliance with Johnson Controls to accurately locate problems that can be easily overlooked or difficult to detect during building operations. We will continue working together to create value for our customers and drive industry innovation,” said Theresa Rynard, managing director of enterprise accounts APAC at CBRE.