Limiting energy consumption – a primary source of global greenhouse gas
With increasing temperatures, weather catastrophes and other environmental shifts, it's clear that climate change is not only a problem for the future but an obligation to be addressed head-on today. Limiting energy consumption – a primary source of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – is critical in fighting climate change. According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), energy consumption is rising, and we must develop long-term sustainability measures by becoming more energy efﬁcient.
Due to a historical lack of stringent energy-efﬁciency protocols in the property industry, buildings are responsible for approximately 30% of world energy consumption and one-third of direct and indirect CO2 emissions. Key players in the logistics and industrial sectors face increasing pressure to mitigate their buildings' environmental impact and become more sustainable.
Smart Buildings are unquestionably helping in the fight to reduce carbon emissions. Based on the efficient use of resources, Smart Buildings improve energy efﬁciency with cost-effective adaptations. Connected building technology helps manage HVAC and BMS equipment performance, reducing unnecessary usage while optimising usability and comfort. Smart metering offers practical and real-time reporting on energy use, minimising climate impact, saving energy and reducing operational costs.
City Nexus partnered with a global leader in logistics to fit out a state-of-the-art 60,000 m2 warehouse of one of the world's leading manufacturers with smart technology. The technology was placed alongside Swisslog's cutting-edge robotics and technology solutions to ensure that the building performs at optimum energy efficiency and showcased as the "digital warehouse of the future". Both customer and landlord have committed to the Paris Agreement, reaching net-zero carbon by 2050.
The customer sought to monitor energy usage in real-time to keep levels within their contracted allowance, avoiding financial penalties and operational disruption. They also wanted to model future energy consumption patterns and monitor building performance based on weather conditions and the impact the materials used to construct the warehouse have during the warehouse's live operation.
Due to the site's sheer size and the complexity of the existing meter infrastructure, a comprehensive installation with extensive data identification and mapping was essential. The digitisation process and installation were delivered in only three days.
The complexity and vast size of the space required complex calculations to set protocols on the platform where a single degree lower or higher in temperature could dramatically impact the building's performance.
Three days after completion, the customer could proactively monitor their energy consumption in real-time, using the actionable alerts to take preventative measures that optimised their carbon footprint and help avoid financial penalties and operational disruption.
They now have the data needed to better forecast future performance requirements across their entire portfolio, highlighting which buildings to retrofit to meet strategic sustainability targets.