Intelligent energy management solution for GE's Qld office


Wednesday, 12 April, 2017

BuildingIQ has partnered with the Springfield Land Corporation (SLC) to implement its cloud-based platform for creating IoT-enabled buildings, at 6 Yoga Way, Springfield Central, which houses GE’s Queensland, Australia, headquarters among other tenants.

The 14,000 m2, AU$72 million futuristic office, located in the central business district (CBD), boasts a 6 Star Green Star rating and the Current Performance with a 4 Star Nabers rating. The building is targeting a 4.5 Nabers rating performance. BuildingIQ’s 5i platform — built on the five pillars of data capture and analysis, modelling, measurement and verification, control, and human expertise — is being used to add unprecedented transparency into the building’s operations, maximise occupant comfort and optimise energy use.

Through ongoing analysis, the BuildingIQ 5i platform yielded immediate benefit. The platform has been used to identify high load within the building and has provided actionable, data-driven insights for the building manager to streamline operations. The moment BMS data begins to flow to BuildingIQ’s cloud, pattern and trend anomalies can potentially be identified and tracked.

This approach also provides the benefits of scale that large portfolio owners require to manage energy across wide geographies. The same work that is being done at GE’s building can be replicated throughout numerous properties. BuildingIQ’s platform enables a portfolio approach to energy management, with building data from multiple structures and BMSs being pulled into one central repository or dashboard.

“We are excited about this strategic partnership to create a smart city solution using BuildingIQ’s technology,” said Paul Wyatt, chief digital officer of Springfield Land Corporation.

“There has been a large emphasis on the construction of Greater Springfield thus far, and creating a digital infrastructure to optimise operations is just as important. The data-driven approach that BuildingIQ provides to us through its 5i platform ensures that we continue to make informed choices that will benefit the fledgling city as it continues to grow.”

The scalability of BuildingIQ’s platform is significant as the building is just one structure within the Greater Springfield area. The development covers 2860 hectares with 390 hectares dedicated to the CBD. The dedicated space provides a future employment base for an estimated 52,000 workers with an area of 2.6 million m2 of office, retail, health and technology facilities.

“It’s inspiring to watch SLC execute on turning chairman Maha Sinnathamby’s smart city vision into a reality,” said Michael Nark, president and CEO of BuildingIQ.

“Incorporating our IoT-enabled energy management platform will ensure that the city’s building infrastructure, such as 6 Yoga Way, lives up to its full energy efficiency potential. Without continuous monitoring and fine-tuning of controls and operations, even the highest performing buildings will drift into inefficiency. Incorporating BuildingIQ early in the building’s life will ensure the proper return on investment is reached.”

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