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|A new way for Tenants to Engage with their Building
As Managing Director Jeremy now directs all operations of the Logical business.
Our Buildings are getting smarter, greener
and more sustainable but sometimes our workflow practices don’t keep up or can
fall behind. Whilst there are a lot of smart building systems installed some
areas can still be disjointed such as the process of scheduling, managing and
reporting on Overtime HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Requests
We’re going to
take a look at and answer questions such as:
· What is the Problem?
· How are we Dealing with this now?
· Where Does this all Fit In?
· So, what are the benefits
to these Healthy Buildings?
Happy Tenants = Happy
You will also learn whilst we are fixing a part of the problem, where does this all fit in to the bigger picture for Building Occupants and their Indoor Environment?
new way for Tenants to Engage with their Smart Building”
You know how it can be very time consuming
to manage AfterHours HVAC requests? If the Building has push buttons then that
may not give an occupant much flexibility on how much time they need and
reconciling the usage can be cumbersome. The other option is managing phone
calls or email requests usually at the inconvenience of the Property Manager.
Finally, if there is a sophisticated enterprise level system being used for
requests, and at quite an expense, FM’s can still find themselves having to
manually input schedules in to the BAS (Building Automation System). Well,
that’s because these methods are missing the point. They are not intrinsic to
the BAS system itself which can be a core function of making it a seamless
process and at a reasonable price.
At Logical Building, we’ve been installing
Building Automation Systems for over 20 years and our aim is to connect Commercial Property Owners, Managers and Tenants to their
Buildings in a way that creates the opportunity to achieve their goals.
BuildingPulse/Afterhours can save Property Managers time and empower
Tenants to be in more control of their environment. It does this by providing a
secure, Tenant interface using a web browser or convenient mobile app for
requests which in turn automatically schedules requests directly in to the BAS.
The cloud based infrastructure provides reliable uptime for the booking portal
The solution couples with the BuildingPulse
App which adds unexpected delight for property managers and Tenants that they
can also use for convenient real-time monitoring of any critical plant or
points in their building automation system.
“Where is all that Time Going? (The Problem)”
Problem – Scheduling, Tracking / reconciling AfterHours HVAC & Lighting Usage.
A lot of
time can be spent just scheduling the HVAC Service Requests. This can be a
property manager dealing with phone or email requests usually about the time
they are heading home and the Tenant realizes they need to stay back and get
that proposal finished and need their air-conditioning and lighting to run
longer than usual.
just the start, next is getting to the end of the month to bill the Tenants and
find that the HVAC Usage Data is missing. If you do have this data available
(phew) next is to reconcile or prepare the invoices and that can require a lot
of manual intervention.
Does this Sound Familiar?
What if you
could get reports reliably, on time and without having any involvement along
“How Are we Dealing
with this now?”
Pushbuttons or Manually Scheduling in to the BAS:
to Track/Bill Tenants
demand only with limited duration options
book in the future or for repeatable bookings
Sophisticated Enterprise Systems
has Double Data entry from Enterprise system to Building system
required to install on-site
Cloud based reporting
engine providing - Reliable
Schedule in to the BAS - Seamlessly
Reports to Tenants Direct - Saving Hassle
to your invoicing system - Saving Time
“What is the Bigger
Picture to all this?”
OF OUR TIME
is much more at stake in the bigger picture of all this. Providing a tool like
BuildingPulse AfterHours is just one part that can be
done for improving the lives of Building Occupants.
The reality is :
Source: (Carrier 2020)
Tenants for Tenant Satisfaction”
We all have recollections of positive
feelings when you feel in control of something, whether it was the first time
you could drive a car or ride a bike. It’s no different with an occupants’
happiness over being in control of their indoor environment. Survey
respondents’ ratings of air temperature significantly improved with the ability
to control air temperature (Dorsey & Hedge 2017).
the ability to control air quality also dramatically increased respondents’
ratings of air quality effects on cognitive function, well-being and
satisfaction (Dorsey & Hedge 2017).
with similar conventional buildings, Sustainable buildings attract a rent
premium (Reichardt 2014).
“Make it easy for Tenants
to run their Air for a Healthy Building and Indoor Environment”
Post Pandemic Healthy Building strategies
The goal of Healthy Buildings post pandemic is to maintain optimal
occupant conditions (Temp/Humidity/CO2/Ventilation) as identified as
potentially beneficial to improving Cognitive Effects* (COGFx) while managing
the operating cost of the equipment (Carrier 2020).
IMPROVE PERSONAL HEALTH
In high-performing, green-certified buildings vs
high-performing non-certified buildings
30% FEWER & better
Sleep quality scores
green-certified buildings vs high-performing non-certified buildings
“So What are
the Benefits to these Healthy Buildings?”
(MacNaughton et al. 2018)
Total benefit of
in air pollution
lost days of work
Source: (MacNaughton et al. 2018)
We’ve Been Doing This for a While”
Why Us? –
No hardware required, easy to install & cost effective. Auto Reporting, Cloud based reporting providing
reliable uptime, but also – we’ve been working in high performance buildings
for a while.
6 Star Greenstar Building
strong demand for energy efficient buildings that achieve
high NABERS and Greenstar ratings. Sydney CBD buildings that
used the Logical Team to install building automation systems have superb energy efficiency track records, including:
• the first 4.5 stars NABERS rating in 2004
• the first 6 star Greenstar ‘As Built‘ rating in 2009
• the lowest energy intensity building with a NABERS rating
of 5 stars
• the first 4.5 Built Interior environment of 4.5 stars
Australian headquarters of a Global Software Giant, this site features a myriad
of green building initiatives, including a black water processing plant,
trigeneration, chilled beams, and an
Building Automation System installed by the Logical Team. The project was recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia as the first 6 star Greenstar ‘Office As Built V2’ . At the time it was one of only eleven certified sites in Australia and has a Greenstar rating of 82, which at the time, was the highest rating of any building in NSW.
and donated to the IEQ (Indoor Environment Quality) Labs at a Prominent
donated and participated in the establishment of a research facility on the
Indoor Environment at a prominent University. It is just as important to
maintain and improve the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) while achieving
these results. Using Thermographics and Environmental Index™, the Logical Team
monitors and ensures that both temperature and other environmental factors are
accurately controlled. Taking into account temperature, humidity, and CO2
levels, the Environmental Index™ (EI) constantly provides a single number
analysis of building conditions anywhere from the single zone –from individual
floor levels, right up to the entire building. This allows the building or
portfolio manager to quickly evaluate the performance of the air conditioning
systems. It is a crucial factor as we continually strive for
maximum energy performance out of a building. Our goal on every office building
is to provide a high NABERS and Greenstar rating through reduced energy consumption
while maintaining excellent indoor environmental conditions that make the
workspace a pleasant place to work.
By implementing smart systems in your building such
as BuildingPulse AfterHours you are not only saving time and effort for your
Property Management firm but this plays in to the overall benefits of fitting
in to the Green/Sustainable Buildings ecosystem.
If Tenants are
empowered with a seamless technology as has been shown by Dorsey & Hedge (2017),
indoor occupants are more satisfied with their environment when they are in
intelligent systems in your building that helps define the building achieve a
green or sustainable status then optimal business outcomes will be achieved
such as attracting desirable Tenants and being able to establish a rent premium
Jeremy has over 25 years of experience in
the Electrical and Construction Industry beginning with Ralph M Lee Electrical and
got introduced to the Building Automation Industry whilst working in the UK in
the early 2000’s.
Jeremy has been with Logical since 2004
starting as a service technician. He has risen rapidly through the company working
in all areas of the Building Automation business including commissioning,
engineering and project management.
From 2013 to 2015 Jeremy was Project
Director for the massive BMCS Upgrade project at Governor Phillip and Governor
Macquarie Towers in Sydney Australia which included 105 Storeys and 7000 Zones
of Air Conditioning.
As Managing Director Jeremy now directs all
operations of the Logical business.
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