Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how GWT Insight uses and protects any information that you give GWT Insight when you use this website. GWT Insight is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
GWT Insight may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from March 2018.

What we collect
We may collect the following information:

  • Name and job title
  • Contact information (including email address)
  • Demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
  • Other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

 

What we do with the information we gather
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.

 

Security
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies
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We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:
Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes.
If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us.
We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.
You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to us.
If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

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GWTInsight finds six common building system issues contribute to unnecessary cost.

1 Systems operating out of hours.

2 Systems competing with each other such as heat and cooling.

3 Set point controls at unrealistic values.

4 Equipment running at peak levels and under stress.

5 Critical system failures.

6 No correlation between external factors and internal system settings.

Our technology and knowledge provide value for insurers.

Create real time insights to better inform risk pricing.

Enhance joint risk management, establish a more robust targeted risk mitigation plan.

Reduce losses on claims events.

Improve client retention.

Create a new income stream.

Enable services to corporate ESG commitments.

Shift from policy to service.

Our technology and knowledge provide value for built asset service providers.

Create real time insights to better inform clients.

Automate current services reducing costs of service delivery.

Develop new services impacting the cost and efficiency of building operations.

Enable services to corporate ESG commitments.

Improve design through reliable performance feedback.

Create new revenue streams.

6 Creating new products and services

Because the GWTInsight Data Service works in near real time, across time and on multiple building systems and operational equipment, it unlocks insights never seen before. 

For insurers it has opened the potential for automation of risk assessments and an opportunity for risk engineers and underwriters to reinvent the evaluation and pricing of risk. It has provided new revenue streams and improved client retention.

For companies designing, manufacturing, and assembling building portfolios it is creating the opportunity to deliver digital twin benefits and will in time, underpin performance guarantees.

For providers of mechanical systems for solar power, cellular telephone networks or remote building provision it facilitates a mercurial shift in cost to service and the ability to disrupt the current servicing market.

For innovative consultants there are many opportunities to combine expertise and knowledge with the potential offered by GWTInsight technology to create innovative and cost-effective ways to reduce cost, risk, and carbon emissions.

5 Strategic and portfolio performance advantage

Capital Allocations. A bank wishes to improve the basis of its £50m replacement capex programme across a range of commercial building types. Under pressure to maximise return on investment the traditional sources of information, surveys, manufacturers recommendations and maintenance records prove expensive, difficult to assemble and compare and frequently bear little relation to actual performance of the building. Across time and the whole portfolio data on core system performance and cost to run significantly improves decision making. When combined with user feedback and space use, it creates a powerful tool for capital allocations.

Benchmarking. This has long been the source of value. GWTInsight solutions provide data at building equipment level facilitating performance comparisons across all building types, across zones within a building and across a portfolio.

An outsourcing FM firm wishes to find the sources of added value and to be able to demonstrate to clients why action is necessary and the benefits it can bring. A pilot identified that a focus on large scale energy users like HVAC systems can deliver ROI within months and significant financial and environmental benefits over time.

Optimising use of space. Traditional methods of assessing space rely on point in time surveys or more recently sensors that count the number of people on a floor. Both methods miss essential information about behaviours and changing patterns in use. A pilot project with a leading building environment consultant in the UK, the GWTInsight Data Service and Ubiquisense a combination of GWTi-Observer, GWTinsight-Maker and Ubiqisense sensors was able to:

  • identify and immediately allocate a unique code to an individual avoiding privacy issues and double counting often created by movement triggered sensors
  • identify very specific behaviours
  • identify ‘nesting’ where coats, bags and computers are left to claim desks that are otherwise not used
  • identify availability of desks and meeting rooms in real time
  • identify changing patterns of use over time.

The applications range from automating time bound surveys to real time availability of space and rooms delivered to a smart phone.

4 Reducing risk

The realisation of a risk in commercial buildings can create danger to people, reputational damage, disruption to operations, reduced revenue, and the challenge of renewal. Insurance companies share the burden of commercial building failures and have embraced the opportunity to work with clients to better identify and mitigate risk. 

The adoption of a digital solution across portfolios of buildings is now affordable thanks to the innovative GWTI technology. Whether focusing on the building systems or those critical to operations, known risks can be effectively mitigated by real time and over time insights with cost and operational benefits realised.

AXA XL and Zurich Insurance, global insurance companies have embraced the technology which underpins a new and disruptive digital approach to risk engineering. Other Insurance companies are embracing the technology to improve risk assessment, pricing, product offering and cost reduction inside of their operations.

Mutual benefits for clients and providers include:

  • the reduction in losses as any failures are identified in real time
  • reduced claims
  • avoidance of risk through early warnings or identification of hidden risks
  • reductions in balance sheet retentions
  • increased feasibility of self-insuring tier one and lower cost of premiums.

3 Reducing costs and carbon emissions

6% of the worlds carbon emissions are estimated to be caused by commercial buildings in use. The majority is created by energy consumed by building systems. ESG commitments make tackling this area a priority.

Heating, cooling, and ventilation systems (HVAC) in addition to the increasing technology loads and the impact of multiple visits to buildings by those responsible for maintaining them are the key carbon creators. Of course, carbon reduction is not a zero-sum issue, tackling inefficiencies in building systems, eradicating waste, and reducing system failures and the need for maintenance also reduces cost.

Our most common findings leading to action which delivered cost and carbon reductions are:

• Out of hours unnecessary energy consumption
• Systems competing against each other
• Poorly configured systems with few controls
• Failing equipment increasing energy consumption
• Underperforming equipment increasing costs in other systems
• Risk avoidance, the discovery of failing systems and mitigating action.
• Abuse of controls by users

These tactical observations and fixes enable broader cost reduction benefits including improvements in:

• FM strategy optimisation
• Reduced maintenance visits and costs
• Capital allocation and renewal decision making.
• User education and use

2 Meeting contract or regulatory requirements including ESG related reporting

What better way to identify performance and provide proof of delivery than real time and over time reporting on a simply accessed dashboard.

An example is a project where fines were being incurred for non-performance in a Public Finance Initiative (PFI) contract for a collection of schools. Classroom temperatures were consistently poor leading to multiple complaints from teachers and pupils. Attempts to correct it had failed. GWTInsight’s Data Service was used in a pilot project and several system issues were identified. 

Sharing the findings based on reliable data aligned the client and provider and facilitated the benefits which included better classroom environments, fewer carbon emissions, fewer site engineer visits and reduced energy bills. The financial penalties stopped.

Equally, consultants advising on the potential for improvement and tracking KPI’s in outsourced contracts can baseline performance with accurate data and then monitor performance over time.

The focus on the resilience of companies in the face of climate change and shifting cultural attitudes has given rise to greater emphasis on the environmental, social and governance responsibilities of companies. The need for reductions in carbon emissions, improvements in water and air quality management and ensuring safe and people centric environments is leading to demand for a ESG reporting tool on performance in these areas. The GWTInsight Data Service is central to the solution.

1 Meeting basic safety standards

From the outset of our work we found multiple instances of safety systems not working. Commonly occurring discoveries are:

  • Low pressure in fire sprinkler systems
  • Heat pumps working at 100%, 100% of the time
  • Security alarm systems switched off after hours
  • Dangerously high temperatures in computer rooms
  • Critical safety equipment switched off whilst machines are working
  • Machinery consuming high levels of power indicating a fire risk
  • Legionella disease protection
  • Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide monitoring

Identification of these key safety issues results from the use of products underpinned by GWTInsight’s Data Service.