These are significant reductions when you consider that the contribution of construction to the overall lifecycle impacts of a building can sometimes even outweigh operational impacts such as energy consumption. Yet this is a project that minimises these operational impacts too.
Our building services engineers were challenged to deliver an extremely efficient building with high targets for sustainability, comfort and occupant wellbeing. The building will require a large volume of services and systems designed with built-in flexibility to accommodate facilities and office layouts for future tenants. The 3.0m ceiling height, and the energy-efficient closed cavity facades with full-height windows, allow for 20% more natural light than the average office building.
With our client keen to make their building smart as well as sustainable, our smart places team looked at how different systems could be integrated together – everything from technical electrical systems, security and fire systems to lifts and the building management system – in a way that could create new value for the building owner and future tenants. This included opportunities for reducing energy consumption and enhancing how equipment was used by introducing intelligent software which were presented to the client team.
Examining how systems could be tied together and identifying software vendors whose products would enable this, we investigated the system architecture required to automate systems for facilities management and operations teams. This would allow them to see at a glance how energy is being used and where the building is under-utilised, enabling them to reduce energy use. We also explored how metrics such as energy consumption could be displayed to tenants and the public through a series of dashboards, empowering them to adopt more sustainable behaviours.