How digital services help deliver exceptional building performance

Mark Freeman, Offer Manager – Digital Buildings, Schneider Electric South Africa

ALTHOUGH there are varying opinions about the strategies building owners and managers should employ to recover from the effects of the pandemic, its structural effects, and resulting economic disruption, “business as usual” shouldn’t be part of the plan. 

For example, there has been a of sea change in occupant expectations with regards to indoor air quality (IAQ), and facilities should take measures to create a safe interior environment.

Unlocking building performance through smart, connected technology

Studies have repeatedly validated that successful efficiency initiatives increase building asset values, reduce operating costs, and boost occupant satisfaction. 

For HVAC systems, reports say:

  • More than 55% of maintenance tasks are not condition-based.
  • 40% of occupants are unsatisfied with their comfort levels.
  • Over 80% of equipment fails prematurely, resulting in substantial avoidable costs. 

Today’s building systems need to perform optimally and within the parameters of minimal budget and maintenance resources. 

EcoStruxure Building Advisor is versatile and proven suite of analytics driven services that leverages best-in-class Digital Twin technology. It can be deployed at a single site or benchmark performance across a global portfolio of properties, regardless of the building management system. 

Over the last three years, the advanced cloud-based platform has continuously optimised systems in multiple building classes, with data points analysed from over 200,000 HVAC equipment. It has automated over 250,000 hours of maintenance tasks and identified 25,000 IAQ-related equipment issues.

High-performance buildings are sustainable and productive

EcoStruxure Building Advisor’s advanced capabilities deliver enhanced building performance and tenant peace of mind benefits in four ways:

Hyper efficient – maximise performance by optimising systems and workflows:

  • Diagnose HVAC issues that contribute to excess energy usage and avoidable costs.
  • Leverage automation to service a more extensive portfolio, doing more with the same service team.
  • Reduce time and effort; improve troubleshooting accuracy using a digital twin for automated fault detection (FDD) and diagnosis of complex HVAC systems.

Resilient – quicker recovery from disruptions:

  • Manage sites remotely with a team of experts, avoid costly in-person visits, and improve response times.
  • Prevent critical asset failure and disruptions with condition-based monitoring and diagnosis.
  • Manage critical alarms, provide triage, and avoid disruptions.

Sustainable – consume less, extend asset life, and invest strategically:

  • Actively manage energy efficiency initiatives and evaluate progress to sustainability goals.
  • Extend the useful life of assets and protect capital investments.
  • Benchmark performance from similar sites and rationalise modernisation.

People-centric – provide a comfortable, productive, and healthy setting for occupants.

  • Manage indoor air quality to deliver comfortable environments.
  • Empower diverse facility teams to make the right decisions for their departments.
  • Reduce on-site engineers by using remote experts. 

Achieving sustainability, hyper-efficiency, and active IAQ management while ensuring quick problem response and streamlining maintenance with smaller teams is impossible without solutions like EcoStruxure Building Advisor.

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