Facilities Managers are generally concerned with optimizing safety, comfort and sustainability in the workplace. In 2020, they all face similar challenges:
Mesa is an easy-to-install kit that uses real-time data and automation to optimize energy use in commercial spaces. 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. Through Mesa, facilities managers and building owners can quickly and easily comply with energy regulations while reducing energy costs, all while maintaining tenant comfort.
During the last couple of years, facilities managers are increasingly required to deal with new challenges that go beyond conventional FM tasks. The most prominent are environmental footprint and remote monitoring.
In urban areas, commercial buildings’ emissions are significantly disproportionate to their square footage. As a prominent example, in New York City (NYC), commercial buildings contribute to 30% of the emissions, yet they occupy 15% of the city’s building area. Half of these emissions are due to poorly managed energy in tenant-spaces. This is especially the case for older and smaller Class B/C buildings.
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.
Modern cities comprise thousands of mobile workers. These workers are not confined to their office. Rather, they have flexible working patterns, including working from home during certain days and working from shared/co-working spaces, in addition to spending time at their office.
The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified these irregular working patterns, as many companies implement flexible working policies like working from home. In this context, tenants need to manage the conditions of their office (e.g., heating or ventilation) remotely, regardless of time and location.
Facilities Managers are therefore required to offer remote management capabilities, including applications that empower tenants to monitor and control the status of their working space.
To address the sustainability and remote management challenges, Facility Managers take advantage of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
IoT opens new horizons in Facilities Management.
As IoT devices are deployed in offices and buildings, real estate companies and FM 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. Prominent examples include applications for energy efficiency, climate control and predictive maintenance.
Disruptive Technologies (DT) provides a rich set of reliable, accurate and long-lived sensor solutions, which can effectively support the next generation of IoT-based Facilities Management applications. DT’s sensors can be flexibly integrated into advanced Facilities Management solutions that alleviate some of the most pressing business challenges.
Recently, DT has partnered with leading vendors and integrators of building management solutions and has enabled a cutting-edge energy-saving solution that meets stringent business requirements in an affordable way.
To address modern sustainability and remote monitoring challenges for facilities management, Disruptive Technologies has partnered with Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet NYC based urban innovation company, to support its commercial office sustainability offering: Mesa.
Mesa, an easy-to-install kit for saving energy in smart building applications. It’s a simple, comprehensive, and cost-effective energy-saving system that improves the efficiency and sustainability of office spaces. Mesa taps into Disruptive Technologies sensors and cloud connectors.
Mesa leverages DT’s sensing technologies to then dynamically control HVAC and plug loads via smart devices and a backend optimization engine. It provides facilities managers and tenants with insights and real-time information about the office spaces. For example, it provides fresh air and ventilation warnings, as well as occupancy indicators.
The solution offers a unique, compelling set of values for building operators and facility managers, including:
The solution is ideal for Class B/C commercial buildings that are usually budget and resource-constrained. In most cases, building operators have no easy way to identify, compare, implement, and maintain energy-savings technologies. Especially in buildings without the resources to own and operate state of the art energy optimization platforms, such as Building Management Systems (BMS) or Building Automation Systems (BAS). Hence, 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.
Overall, Mesa is a one-stop-shop for buildings that may not have the knowledge, expertise, and equity capital to deploy large-scale energy management platforms. It also enables these buildings to provide a “smart” upgrade to their tenants and to improve their environmental performance at the same time.
The solution features an exceptional urban-friendly design, which is combined with cutting edge technologies for intelligent detection and management of office resources. Specifically, the solution comprises the following technical components and functionalities:
The Mesa Smart Energy solution for Class B/C commercial buildings delivers tangible business benefits for all stakeholders.
First and foremost, it enables smaller businesses in the facilities management space to improve their competitiveness and environmental performance alike. Specifically, it facilitates the development of novel smart building and smart workplace environments, which are very appealing to customers.
Moreover, it helps them to save energy and to contribute to climate challenges. In this way, they economize on energy costs, while at the same time improving their brand image.
Tenants also get significant benefits:
Finally, the technology providers of the solution (i.e. Sidewalk Labs and DT) benefit from a fruitful collaboration that led to the roll-out of a novel product, which is much needed in the smart building industry.
Through this solution, Sidewalk Labs and Disruptive Technologies are empowering commercial businesses to offer services that combine energy efficiency and sustainability, with a healthy workplace that is always visible to tenants. This is a solution that may have seemed unattainable for many companies, however now they can easily meet their energy and sustainability goals. With Mesa, the opportunities are endless, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Right now, the solution is being piloted by one of the ten most prominent real estate companies worldwide. During the pandemic, the implementation of the project did not slow down - it accelerated to meet the needs of monitoring empty and full buildings, monitoring the health of the workplace and understanding how budgets can be better used. Disruptive Technologies is proud to have delivered a solution that helps tenants succeed in an affordable, cost-effective way.
We have already received positive feedback from customers and industry practitioners and look forward to furthering our sensor deployment.
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