Intergrating new technologies to improve the efficiency and sustainability of office buildings
Sydney, August 9, 2018 – As tenants are becoming increasingly attracted to connected and immersive workplaces, designing a smart office building has become a crucial factor in future-proofing an asset and attracting tenants.
Property groups are now shifting their focus towards ‘smart buildings’ and incorporating strategies to amplify the technology within their office buildings. Smart buildings enable tenants to stay constantly connected and use the information from collected data to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the building.
According to Andrew Beasley, Colliers International National Director Office Leasing, tenants are increasingly looking for enhanced technology offerings in office buildings to meet the requirements of their future workforce.
“The demographics of a company’s workforce and their needs in 10 to 15 years’ time will be very different to the workforce of today. We’re increasingly being asked to assist in the planning phase of a development and provide insights that technologies tenants are looking for in their office spaces,” Mr Beasley said.
“Tenants are considering their long-term needs and ensuring that the technological offerings in smart buildings meet the needs of its current and future workforce.”
“Smart buildings are a new minimum standard to compete for relevance in the modern age. These buildings can have a range of features, from sensors collecting a variety of data, to analytical software to ingest the data and turn it into actionable improvements,” said Ben Mason, Mirvac’s Services Manager of Project Design Management.
Mirvac is implementing a number of smart building design elements in its Olderfleet building at 477 Collins Street, Melbourne.
Olderfleet will have an integrated platform to enhance the overall operating efficiencies and long-term performance of the asset. By storing all the connecting buildings systems in a single integrated platform, tenants of the building will have a better and more detailed understanding of their workplace, including building user management, visitor management and car park booking, lighting control and space utilisation and floor occupancy.
Mirvac is also implementing the ‘Enlighted’ smart sensor system in its Olderfleet building which will provide power, ambient lighting, temperature control, motion and Bluetooth beacons. The wireless sensors collect data 24 hours a day, seven days a week and transmit it back to the local gateways that are connected by the Intercommunications Network (ICN).
This lighting control system provides a unique technology solution for both lighting control and space utilisation through a single system, giving immediate benefits to occupants. Occupants will also be able to track usage of their workspace and understand where spaces are most utilised and underutilised, offering space planning data that will assist with future business decisions.
An ICN will be the backbone of Mirvac’s Olderfleet development, servicing all floors throughout the building and enhancing how building data is monitored, displayed, archived, reported and controlled. The ICN will also allow the building systems to communicate with each other in a secure way to benefit both Mirvac and tenants within the building.
In designing a smart building, Mr Mason suggests carefully selecting technology which serves a purpose and solves problems within the operation and occupation of the building.