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Projects and uses.

The combination of GWTInisight products and services delivers a range of benefits described here. These may be used by building owners, investors or occupiers of commercial buildings or firms who have the imagination and knowledge to turn high quality not seen before data into disruptor products and services.

1. Meeting basic safety needs.

From very early on in our work with clients we found multiple instances of safety systems not working, these ranged from;

Other examples of safety issues supported by GWTI Observer and Insight Maker are;

2. Meeting contract and/or regulatory requirements.

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

Examples include 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. A GWTI Observer and Foundation Dashboard were used in a pilot project and quickly identified a number of system issues. The deployment of additional sensors increased the insight and solutions were identified. 

Sharing the findings with real data aligned the client and provider and facilitated the benefits including better classroom environments, fewer carbon emissions, fewer visits to site by engineers, reduced energy bills and stopped the fines.

These same benefits are the target of a second pilot by an FM company providing an Outsource solution to a major bank. 

Equally Consultants advising on potential for improvement and tracking KPI’s in Outsourced Contracts can baseline performance with accurate data and then monitor performance over time.

The application of the system in Commissioning of Commercial Buildings is also possible. The use of real time data on installed systems over a test period goes beyond simply checking the Building Management systems. The use of sensors combined with building systems completes an accurate picture which can be documented, proven with ‘independent data’ and tracked through occupation.

3. Reducing costs and carbon emissions.

28% of the worlds carbon emissions are estimated to be caused by buildings in use. The majority is created by energy consumed by building systems. 

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 cause 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;

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

Example cost reductions.

Central London office.

15% pa reduction in energy costs arising from findings on out of office systems and poorly located sensors.

Factory.

€150,000 saving in energy over a 6 month pilot. Conflicting system working against each other. Out of hours energy consumption and poorly performing equipment. Now extending to a large portfolio.

Training Centre.

8% increase in useable space. Losses incurred in unusable rooms now delivering revenue. Energy costs reduced, estimated 10% (Unable to verify due to Covid 19).

Schools.

25% annual reduction in energy costs arising from a lack of data on performance of systems and temperatures across all useable areas.

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, a global insurance company 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;

5. Strategic and portfolio performance advantage.

The Observer and Insight products can be cost effectively deployed across a commercial building portfolio providing insights not seen before. This capability underpins a series of possibilities now being actively explored by our clients.

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 ROI 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.

Benchmarking has long been the source of value. The GWTI solution provides 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 use 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, a combination of GWTI Observer, Insight Maker and Ubiqisense sensors was able to;

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

Other possible applications.

The capability to access real time data and turn it in to actionable information has many other applications among them;

6. Creating new products and services.

Because GWTI Observer can capture data in real time, across time and from multiple building systems and operational equipment it supports insights not seen before. All GWTI insight products may be rebranded in client colours and logo.

For insurers it has opened up 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 ability to disrupt the current servicing market.

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

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