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Standard Chartered kick-starts smart building efforts across Asia

Standard Chartered kick-starts smart building efforts across Asia

Hong Kong division digitally transforms 30-year-old building

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Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) has rolled out a new digital solution designed to enhance smart building capabilities in Hong Kong, with more than 100 sites set to follow across Asia.

Developed by specialist providers Johnson Controls and CBRE, the offering is being deployed in the SCB Building in Kowloon East, Hong Kong.

Delivered through the CBRE JCI Building Innovation Lab, the pilot leverages Johnson Controls’ cloud-based enterprise management (JEM) platform - integrated with CBRE Vantage - to identify and resolve building inefficiencies, in addition to enhancing workplace efficiency through smart monitoring and preventive facility maintenance.

The project supports the push for urban renewal of the Kowloon East region, which has been earmarked by the government for smart city development.

“The improvements have exceeded our expectations by saving energy and money, and also revitalised the classically styled building by making the interior atmosphere more modern,” said Darren Sear, head of Engineering, Energy and Environment at Standard Chartered Bank. “The technology powering the office space is also smarter, more connected and sustainable.

“We look forward to rolling out this practice to more cities in the Asia Pacific region, to realise all-round connections, efficient management, and energy-saving operations among our office buildings.”

Sear said the bank has been “encouraged by the significant savings” and plans to implement similar enhancements for 113 sites across Asia.

Countries such as Singapore, Mainland China, South Korea, Japan and India have been identified in a move expected to deliver 5-15 per cent annual energy savings and 5-10 per cent annual maintenance and repair savings.

“Johnson Controls is in the forefront of smart buildings and smart cities development, and fully supports the urban renewal initiatives,” added Terrill Laughton, vice president and general manager of Energy Optimisation and Connected Equipment at Johnson Controls.

“Our joint solution with CBRE, which can be applied across multiple buildings or industrial campus globally, plays to the strength of both organisations. The solution bridges the gaps between building operation, maintenance and management, and further improves efficiencies in energy, operations and space utilisation in all types of buildings.”

Delving deeper, the lab also implemented integration and analytics technology for improved monitoring, operation and maintenance of the facilities.

This includes JEM, which utilises artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to proactively analyse building data across the enterprise, and to help customers identify opportunities to save money and streamline operations.

“We have established a strategic alliance with Johnson Controls to accurately locate problems that can be easily overlooked or difficult to detect during building operations,” said Theresa Rynard, managing director of Enterprise Accounts Asia Pacific at CBRE. “We will continue working together to create value for our customers and drive industry innovation.”


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