Targeted solutions to improve energy use in offices
There are many good reasons why property owners should take a closer look at the occupancy and management of their buildings. Studies show that energy use can be reduced by as much as 30% by changing the way buildings are managed and used. In addition, lost productivity due to uncomfortable offices costs companies worldwide between $20-160 billion USD (17.5 -140 billion Euros).
Many building owners and facility managers aren’t fully aware that solutions exist to address these challenges, or they lack the knowledge to take advantage of them. OfficeVitae assesses how efficiently and effectively a building is used and operated, and makes recommendations and improvements.
““It’s very promising to have a tool that assesses how effectively a building is being used,” ”David Goatman, Head of Energy & Sustainability at Knight Frank, a global real estate consultancy.
Monitoring energy and comfort on a real-time basis
OfficeVitae begins with an online survey for building users and facility managers. The next step is the installation of the Occupancy Monitor, a monitoring and communication system that tracks energy as well as comfort aspects and provides real-time data and insights to users and facility management. The system consists of three components:
· sensor boxes
· self-report tools
· feedback apps
The final step is the assessment of the data, and the compilation of a report with recommendations.
Depending on a client’s needs, the monitoring and communication system can either be purchased and installed for long-term use, or rented and installed for a one-time assessment.
Homes and offices
OfficeVitae can be used in both commercial and residential buildings. Target customers include building management companies and multinational corporations in Europe.
Encouraging low-carbon solutions
OfficeVitae’s climate impact will be recurring and thus relatively favourable during the use phase of buildings. It provides rich data sets that help building owners and other stakeholders examine and ultimately understand occupancy patterns and their impact on energy use and the indoor climate, which will in turn influence future practices. Energy consumption in buildings can be reduced by up to 30% by managing it more efficiently. In addition, data generated by OfficeVitae can be used to solve energy-related occupancy issues.
23 kg CO2 e / m2 / year
CO2 savings compared to regular renovations
5.8 kT CO2
overall CO2 savings over five years
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Published 9 February 2018
Building Technologies Accelerator (BTA) is a programme by EIT Climate-KIC: the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy.