Better facilities management systems can revolutionise old university buildings

Elogbooks Facilities Management explain how its 4D monitoring system can improve university energy consumption and wastage

The seasonal nature of student accommodation brings challenges to energy-efficient and carbon-neutral estate management.

The usage of systems such as air conditioning can be optimised depending on whether we are in term-time or not. Beyond that, demand for air conditioning or water usage can in part be predicted if we know student timetables and weather. Equally, deciding the degree of legionella monitoring can be tied to student occupancy in a hall of residence.

This model can be further evolved, by using common systems for student accommodation such as access control. Knowing that a student has re-entered a building after returning from lectures allows the air conditioning or heating to anticipate demand.

Universities have seen a large expansion and update programme of their building stock over recent years.

Bringing such technology to new buildings has its challenges but can usually be accommodated by the installation of a modern Building Management System.

However, beyond the new builds, most universities have a large stock of older buildings ranging from Victorian architecture through to 1970s buildings. These types of buildings still need the advantages of managing energy efficiency, but the cost of cabling makes installing a modern Building Management System prohibitive. Bringing such technology to these older buildings is challenging. This is where technologies such as our 4D technology is targeted. It is designed to retrofit these technologies to older builds.

Our 4D technology builds on a number of emerging technologies: low cost/lower power enabled Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors, the mobile comms revolution and cloud-hosted systems powered by powerful algorithms. It consists of a building hub that communicates with the back office using mobile technology. This combination allows dated buildings to be retrofitted cost effectively. In these instances, technology provides excellent value for money in the provision of similar results and prevents the need for new building construction to deliver on these requirements.

The likely developments in technology allow us to consider the future possibilities for the education sector and its buildings. Will it be long before the technologies ‘learn’ when a student is present onsite or when they are not? How will this enable systems to make buildings even more energy efficient, safer and suited to their purpose?

4D can be used as a stand-alone entity working in conjunction with your in-house or outsourced facilities management and engineering team.

It is a cloud-based solution that effectively provides a digital interface for each of your premises, subject to the issues you are trying to sensor but also provides portfolio-wide reporting as well. It effectively brings each of your buildings online, by providing intuitive data, exception reports with in-built alarms which do the hard work, so site teams such as FMs and Building Managers can make informed proactive decisions on how to manage tenant well-being and reduce energy wastage in real time.

By providing visibility of operational performance across an estate, through the retrieving asset data from multiple sites in conjunction with regular performance reports, you can see improvements over time as well as showcase savings made.

It can also be interfaced with CAFM solutions such as Elogbooks, another Marlowe Plc solution, allowing alarms or actions to be raised as jobs, straight through to the FM’s or engineering work force to investigate problems as they occur or even before they become major events, such as leaks etc. This helps support Marlowe Plc’s vision in providing a seamless end to end risk and compliance solution for the facilities management industry.

Ultimately the use of cutting-edge technology improves property performance, governance which in turn helps owner / occupiers demonstrate portfolio sustainability, with a rapid return on investment.


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