Friday, March 7, 2014

Energy efficiency in the GreenHouse office complex with AVReporter

The following case study was created to provide an in-sight of a successful energy management system specifically designed for building complexes.
The „GreenHouse” building complex was completed in the first Q of 2013. The driving force behind the whole process in planning and executing was to achieve a truly energy efficient office building.

The green office building was carefully planned to create ideal workspaces, whilst also considering the micro- and macro environment.
Cutting-edge environmental solutions and green technologies were applied in each and every development phase to minimize the building's environmental footprint, and reduce its energy use alongside with the carbon dioxide emissions. The avoidance of an estimated 1.93 tons of CO2 per year is expected.
The building comprises about 20,000 sq m GBA above ground on 7 levels, providing 17,800 sq m GLA and 252 car parking spaces on 3 underground levels.

The project was managed by SKANSKA, combining the solutions of KONsys’s AVReporter Energy Management Software and some of ABB’s hardware and software. ABB also resides in the office building.
The project has won the LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

LEED is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings providing building owners and operators with the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance.
The program is designed to inform and guide professionals including architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, private sector executives and government officials, everybody who is working towards environmental sustainability.
The specific requirements buildings need to fulfil consist of several LEED points. The level of LEED qualification awarded will be according to these. The GreenHouse project has won the Platinum level certification.

Several new technology and knowledge transfer were used, for example intelligent building control systems, solar panels on the roof, environmentally considerate water usage, grey water recycling (i.e., wastewater from non-toilet plumbing systems such as wash water, cooking water and rain water collection used for toilet flushing and watering plants), and innovative heating and cooling solutions.
Data collection also plays a large part of the new LEED version. Collecting data on energy savings, air quality, and building performance are a part of the goals to create long-term sustainability. AVReporter Energy Management Software was used to manage the related tasks.
The following requirements were established:
- The collection of data from various electrical, water and heat meters
- Information to be accessible by web browser interface
- Different access levels with different security settings
- The monitoring of consumption and subscribed-power optimization
- Defining energy consumption per cost allocation places
- To monitor and calculate applied green energy performance
- Provide quick report building web and desktop environments
- Schedule pre-created reports for management site
- Provide dashboard slideshow for Showroom


By using AVReporter Energy Management Software the commercial benefits are also outstanding. When renting the offices the tenants appreciate the green environment, the lower utility costs and the fact they are paying after their actual consumption, as well.


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