How technology can help prolong building lifecycles

How technology can help prolong building lifecycles
Technology can prolong a building's life cycle.
Published: 6 March 2018 - 8:27 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Asset performance is key for maintaining energy efficient buildings. “Facilio’s predictive asset management capabilities, combined with energy analytics allows energy management firms, FM companies and building owners to understand consumption patterns and forecast future performance based on occupancy levels, weather, time of day, and day of week,” Ramachandran states.

Facilio has a predictive energy efficiency feature that helps perceive deviations in energy usage, by identifying irregularities in usage patterns. “A thorough analysis of portfolio-wide energy consumption data is collected, as well as assisted ‘fix and best practice tips’ further serve as validation for investments in sustainability,” Ramachandran says.

He also adds that the investment on BMS and data analytics tools ultimately results in longer building lifespans. “The goal is to ultimately extend a building’s lifecycle in a sustainable manner. And in the case of refurbishments, the aforementioned products are the defining factor between a hard refurb and a soft refurb. It’s not uncommon to see a building — either commercial or residential — to undergo a thorough refurbishment within a decade or 15 years since it was occupied.”

Embedding sustainable practices in day-to-day building operations is one of the best ways to maintain an asset’s health, while involving and engaging all FM teams, tenants and buildings owners can also lead to a lasting impact. “We facilitate this by way of modules that allow sharing relevant data metrics and progress, assessed against established benchmarks, to keep everyone aware, and motivated to contribute to the sustainability drive,” he says.

Taking engagement a step further, Facilio is also in the process of adding tenant portal applications to enable sharing energy performance information with them. “Along with energy retrofits, which includes refreshing the MEP components of an asset, existing usage behaviour and computer aided facilities management can keep a building running strong for decades,” Ramachandran concludes.

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