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How can we maximise building performance using data in Hong Kong?

Aurecon’s John Webb shares how Buildings of the Future can fare against the existing building performance practices in Hong Kong.

As we continue to enrich the conversation around and pursuit of Buildings of the Future, it is important to take a look at how unique industry conditions in various regions could affect the design and construction of a Building of the Future.

This is what Aurecon set out to tackle by hosting an industry forum attended by key property stakeholders in Hong Kong. The forum generated a range of viewpoints and perspectives however, common themes emerged. One of which was around the use of data for performance optimisation.

Collect the data, use it, and win!

Buildings that collect data about the internal environment and the performance of systems have a massive opportunity to optimise performance, even in well-designed buildings. Examples of savings of more than 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption by fine-tuning the systems depending on the behaviour of occupants were quoted. This was an example of an energy efficient building before the refinements. Put instrumentation in your new buildings and use the data was a strong message. Aurecon has also developed a method of instrumenting existing buildings to achieve similar results.

There is a massive opportunity waiting for most building owners to improve their building’s performance. Have you ever walked into a building in Hong Kong and thought the air conditioning was too cold? I know, this is a stupid question! Over cooling sparsely populated spaces is another massive waste of energy. By “turnings things off” and “turning things down”, massive savings can be achieved over the course of a year. There are much smarter ways of finding the most effective way to do this by using the latest in monitoring and data analysis.

The clear expectation is that this will turn into a dynamic adjustment using various technologies such as the Internet of things. As well as responding to actual occupancy, building systems will have a memory of individuals and respond with their preferences in lighting temperature as well as the current Wi-Fi connections.  

The Buildings of the Future: Hong Kong Industry Forum was hosted by Aurecon with representatives from Arcadis, Atkins, Farrells, Gammon, JLL, Leighton, Mapletree, Nan Fung Developments, and Woods Bagot as participants.

Learn about prefabrication in the Hong Kong market. For further insights, visit 'Buildings of the Future’ at Aurecon.

This article is part six, of a six-part series titled, Buildings of the Future: What's happening and what's not in HK, originally published on LinkedIn by John Webb. 

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