Building Managers strive to optimize safety, comfort, and sustainability for their tenants. In 2021, they all face similar challenges:
Mesa is an easy-install kit for commercial buildings that cuts energy costs, improves tenant comfort, and simplifies building operations. It is developed by Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company. As a preferred partner of Sidewalk Labs, Disruptive Technologies provides many of the sensors for Mesa.
Over the last couple of years, building managers have increasingly been required to deal with new challenges that go beyond conventional building management tasks. The most prominent are tackling building emissions and monitoring building conditions remotely.
In the US, Class B/C office buildings represent 97% of all office buildings and 68% of the total square footage. Therefore, energy-efficient buildings and related facilities management applications must contribute to improving the environmental performance of built environments.
Buildings are significant emitters of greenhouse gases in cities. In Austin, buildings account for nearly 50 percent of city emissions. In dense cities like New York, it’s over 70 percent.
In order to achieve the targets set by the Paris Agreement and various local sustainability initiatives, cities are increasingly requiring existing buildings to pursue renovations to improve their energy efficiency. While critical for the planet, green renovations can be challenging, especially for older and smaller Class B/C buildings, which represent 97% of all office buildings in the U.S.
Remote workers are not confined to a 9-5 schedule or to their office space. Rather, they have flexible working patterns: working from home some days; working from shared/co-working spaces on others; and going to the office at times, too.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the remote workforce and intensified these irregular working patterns, as many companies implement flexible working policies. In this context, tenants need to manage the conditions of their office (e.g., heating or ventilation) remotely, regardless of time and location.
Internet of Things (IoT) technologies open new horizons in Building Management. As IoT devices are deployed in offices and buildings, real estate companies and building management enterprises are provided with instant, internet-based access to information about the status of office spaces, equipment, and other assets of their buildings.
For instance, smart thermostats provide accurate information about a room’s temperature, while smart bulbs can offer access to lighting data. The analysis of this information brings unprecedented opportunities for deploying intelligent applications that boost automation, provide remote management capabilities, and improve sustainability.
Disruptive Technologies has partnered with Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet urban innovation company, to support its commercial office sustainability offering: Mesa. Mesa helps commercial building owners, tenants, and managers cut wasted energy and manage their spaces remotely. Plus, it has tenant comfort at its core. One of Mesa’s key differentiators is its easy and quick installation, which allows building managers to avoid labor and commissioning fees. It’s a simple, comprehensive, and cost-effective energy-saving system that improves the efficiency and sustainability of office spaces.
Mesa leverages DT’s sensors and Cloud Connectors to then dynamically control HVAC and plug loads via a backend optimization engine. It provides building managers and tenants with insights and real-time information about their office spaces. For example, it provides fresh air and ventilation warnings, as well as occupancy indicators.
|Mesa was designed for affordability. Mesa is a one-stop-shop for buildings that may not have the knowledge, expertise, and equity capital to deploy large-scale energy management upgrades.|
The solution is ideal for Class B/C commercial buildings that are too resource-constrained to own and operate state-of-the-art energy optimization platforms like Building Management Systems (BMS) or Building Automation Systems (BAS). Buildings tend to have high greenhouse gas emissions as a result of unmanaged energy in tenant spaces. The Mesa-based energy-saving system enables you to substantially improve your environmental footprint, while at the same time ensuring a healthy and smart workplace for tenants.
Specifically, the solution comprises the following technical components and functionalities:
Mesa, a smart energy solution for Class B/C commercial buildings, delivers tangible business benefits for building owners. It enables smaller businesses in the building management space to improve their competitiveness and environmental performance.
Energy savings and simplified building operations directly lead to improved operating costs. Smart building and smart workplace environments are also appealing to tenants and future building owners. Tenant satisfaction improves renewals, leasing, and rental rates.
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