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“The next step in active property management: digging into the BMS and engaging with occupiers and technical teams to fine tune property management”
Purpose of the project
2 Cavendish Square compared poorly to other Hermes assets in the Better Building Partnership’s Real Estate Environmental Benchmark (REEB) despite numerous active management initiative and refurbishments over the last 5 years. In order to significantly reduce energy consumption on site, analysis at the component level was required.
Working with managing agents JLL, Carbon Credentials implemented our “Collaborative Asset Performance Programme” (CAPP) to improve the management of site plant and equipment with the goal of making energy and carbon savings. PP has a three stage process with Diagnostic, Implementation and Monitoring and Control phases.
In the Diagnostic phase, a data capture device is installed and there is engagement with Facilities Management (FM) teams, Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) and BMS Engineers as well as building managers, owners and tenants. Most will have a role in improving the performance of the building in the Implementation phase. In the Monitoring and Control Phase, Carbon Credentials is ensuring that the savings are maintained and the site is monitored for fault detection, comfort management and wellbeing improvement. This monitoring has resulted faults being quickly detected and remedied in a fraction of the time.
- VERIFIED ENERGY SAVINGS: Programme drives 18% reduction in Natural Gas usage, verified through integrated M&V process.
- ENGAGED STAKEHOLDERS: Technical stakeholders and site occupiers are engaged as part of the solution.
- COMFORT AND WELLBEING: Data can be used to improve comfort and increase productivity of occupants on site.
We have formed a successful partnership with Capita identifying innovative ways of reducing consumption, we now need to continue this good work with further improvements. Kevin Bould, RLAM, June
CF is proud of our leadership and innovation in implementing Canada’s first geo-exchange retrofit of an occupied, mixed-use high-rise complex in a downtown city core!
Purpose of the project
CF is proud to have installed Canada’s first geo-exchange retrofit of an occupied, mixed-use high-rise complex in a downtown core. The project took place at 777 Dunsmuir in Vancouver, which includes a 19-storey office tower. The geo-exchange system was put in place to harvest the building’s rejected heat and store it underground until needed. This solution reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with traditional heating and cooling while saving energy costs for the organization. CF is particularly proud because the retrofit was conducted in a fully occupied building, in a dense urban core, with minimal disruption to building occupants.
Cadillac Fairview partnered with Fenix Energy, a company that provides integrated renewable energy solutions to the built environment, to develop the geo-exchange system. Geo-exchange is a process involving the use of the earth to store heat, which would be normally vented from the building. In other words, the building’s stored heat is stored underground until needed. This reduces energy costs and emissions associated with traditional heating and cooling. Prior to announcing this project, geo-exchange systems had primarily been installed in new building construction or properties where there is land readily available, adjacent to the building. Never before had this been attempted on an already occupied property in Canada, consequently, a new engineering solution was required. This included the installation of vertical underground piping, as opposed to horizontal and new drilling systems to enable boring in confined spaces such as parkades, with lower headroom. These innovations resulted in minimum disruption of the surrounding area, allowing the building to remain open during the retrofitting.
In 2014, the system was successfully commissioned at 777 Dusmuir. Geo-exchange has traditionally been applied to pre/new construction projects. This project was unique and particularly groundbreaking because 777 Dunsmuir is a fully occupied building constructed in 1990. The team used innovative technology to drill 30 boreholes 400 feet deep into the earth, below the existing building structure.
The geo-exchange retrofitting of this property was a success – not only did this project align with Cadillac Fairview’s sustainability objectives, it also provided an alternative energy source to the building and the retail component of the complex, while creating substantial financial savings. The success of this project established the viability of engineering technology to tackle larger existing building geo-exchange retrofits, further reducing emissions and reducing energy costs. The retrofit was expected to reduce carbon emissions from heating energy by 85%, the equivalent of taking 190 cars off the road.
Magnitude of benefits
The installation of Eco-Toilet can greatly reduce the water consumption for flushing and to minimize the impact on the environment, especially on marine pollution.
Purpose of the project
Adopting the appearance of a grotto, the sustainable toilet intends to offer visitors “a contemporary abstraction of nature” experiencing water-saving approach in toilet experiences and to raise environmental awareness in the public realm.
We installed low flush water toilets and water-free urinals in the male bathrooms in TaiKoo Hui, Guangzhou. Bathroom faucets are equipped with energy efficient hand dryers, eliminating paper use altogether. In addition, a grey water system designed to collect wastewater from sinks for reuse as flush water in the toilets is used.
This sustainable toilet concept applied in the male bathrooms in TaiKoo Hui, Guangzhou. Plans are currently underway to install similar upgrades in the women’s bathrooms at TaiKoo Hui, Guangzhou.
The new toilets can reduce the volume of flush water by 5-8 litres per flush as compared to conventional toilets, and the water-free urinals are expected to save approximately 150 cubic metres of water annually. With this new system, we target water savings of 1,080 cubic metres annually.
Magnitude of benefits