Imagine your office building knowing exactly how you like to work – from your lighting and temperature preferences to your favourite style of coffee – and creating a personalised space while cutting energy and emissions.
Does this sound far-fetched or futuristic? It may be just a few years away.
As energy prices soar and emissions rise, Australia’s leading building owners are looking to technology and data to optimise building systems. As they do, they are creating better experiences for customers.
Dexus, for example, has mapped out a pathway to a ‘net zero’ property portfolio by 2030, which will not only eliminate operational emissions, but deliver smart, sustainable workplaces.
Leon Wurfel, the founder and chief executive officer of Bueno Systems, is one of the people helping Dexus to deliver on this commitment. Wurfel’s company applies data and analytics to improve the productivity of buildings around Australia.
“Rather than have someone walk around a building each month with a clipboard and check off maintenance items from a list, we automate a lot of diagnostics,” Wurfel explains.
“Our technology picks up a lot of day-to-day issues that can be actioned immediately – before customers in the building have even noticed there’s a problem.”
This building optimisation delivers impressive energy savings. NABERS Energy ratings under Bueno’s watchful gaze can increase, for example, from 4 to 5 stars – which translates in an energy saving of around 30 to 40 per cent on standard practice.