Have you ever thought how much technology the buildings around you hold inside? In new buildings, most of the technology is not even visible but cleverly hidden in the building structures and elements. In fact, technology in buildings currently accounts for 40−60% of the building costs, and the estimation is that its share will even increase in the future. This sets high demands for building systems integration and automation.
Having a lot of expensive technology in place does not yet make a building perform perfectly. For the optimal functioning of any building we need systems integration and automation. With sensors, measurements, diagnostics and monitoring ordinary systems become intelligent. Digitalisation enables the steering of the building during its entire life cycle.
The integration of intelligent solutions with the functionality of a building improves the possibilities to conduct business even better. Real-time data from the building’s operations can be turned into smart decisions when it comes to energy usage and cost-efficiency. The maintenance of the building becomes need-based instead of calendar-based, it goes from passive to active and even PRO-active!
One of the most important things is how the building functions in an optimal way 24/7/365. How the energy costs can be kept under control, and how can they be adapted if the purpose of the building changes in the years to come.
Increasing the level of automation should be one of the first actions to improve the energy efficiency of every building or building complexes. It is possible to gain energy savings of up to 30% with effective automation, advanced building technology and managed service. All this can be implemented in existing buildings as well! Generally, invests in automation are about 1% of the total cost of the building. If we increase this to 2% then remote control and monitoring can be enabled for whole lifetime of the building.
Information yielded by buildings and their users can create new business and revenue generation models.
I believe that digitalisation plays a key role in managing people flows and communications in the future. The purpose of a building is changing. Buildings - such as schools, shopping centres, and hospitals - no longer serve only one purpose but they can serve several needs of multiple users. In the future, we will see more and more …integrations between the needs of the users and service providers..
With increasing technology and digitalisation, we are moving towards a more complex future that demands expertise in caring for buildings and industrial plants.
So, how can you use this development to your benefit, and ensure that this does not add up to increased costs or stops in production?
Well, you need a proper strategy in place to ensure that your property is built and maintained in excellent condition for many years to come. We call this strategy active life cycle management, and this is how you can reap the benefits.
First, your building, or industrial plant, must be technically optimised for its intended use throughout its life cycle. With today’s increasing technology, this can be a complex task for some. But, with an expert like Caverion that understands how these technologies work together, this can be done in both an economical, energy efficient and sustainable way, which ensures an optimised indoor environment and smooth operations for a smarter future.
It is crucial to be aware of how your property can support your business goals, if actively managed correctly.
Are you merely providing a space for teams to play sports, and their spectators to watch? Or, do you have a sports arena where teams are inspired to perform, and their fans enjoy the game in comfortable conditions while enthusing about it afterwards? Is a school just a building to keep children in while their parents are at work? Or is it an inspiring learning environment with functional solutions and a good indoor climate, which ensures the pupils stay healthy and productive? No matter what the goal of your business is, active life cycle management can support operation processes in the property.
Being active means getting an active grip on how your building can support its end-users’ needs for comfortable, safe and healthy conditions so they can achieve maximum productivity, no matter what they are doing. Efficiency and cost-effectiveness are the key parameters by which active life cycle management is measured.
Since buildings today are complex technical systems, a good option is to hand over the responsibility of life cycle management to an expert partner whose core business is exactly that. The clear benefits for the property owner include predictable costs and saved time, as an expert partner is taking care of the continuous development of the property. With a proactive property strategy, your property will maintain its value far into the future.
Providing life cycle solutions for buildings and industries is at the heart of Caverion. Whether you are beginning to plan a new building or industrial plant, or it is time for renovation, or you need to manage your existing properties’ operations professionally, we will be happy to help you.
Senior Vice President, Group Business Development & Marketing
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