A news round-up of stories in the FM sector
Johnson Controls has launched OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings As a Service as a one-stop shop for companies looking to achieve net zero carbon and renewable energy goals. The offering includes turnkey access to net zero building roadmaps, OpenBlue sustainability innovations and real-time performance dashboards and reporting to analyse energy, water, materials and greenhouse gas emissions. Johnson Controls offers the ‘As a Service’ model for a monthly fee.
Software firm Planon has launched its online Marketplace to deliver specialised PropTech add-on applications to the corporate real estate and FM market. The open platform application enables users to connect with the latest technical solutions in PropTech. It sports an online overview resource for organisations looking for the latest PropTech options.
Cleaning technicians from SafeGroup are providing council housing chiefs with a rapid response cleaning service to return fire and smoke-damaged homes to use as quickly as possible. The housing department of the city council in the East Midlands is using SafeGroup to rehabilitate homes that have suffered fire and smoke damage. The company says fire smoke particles contain toxins that should be removed from all substrates and only professional cleaning processes will result in properties being fully and permanently deodorised.
BESA (SFG20) has partnered with Omni Telemetry and Avison Young to make "digital-led maintenance" (DLM) achievable for more clients. The SFG DLM solution combines BESA’s SFG20 maintenance software with Omni Telemetry’s real-time monitoring systems.
Avison Young applies the technology to optimise buildings and establish best-practice maintenance programmes based on the SFG20 standard for its clients while Omni Telemetry's Omni-box technology provides real-time data and analytics. The driver behind the launch of SFG DLM is the UK’s Net Zero 2050 target.
Cable management solutions supplier Marshall-Tufflex has strengthened its underfloor-to-desk offering with a collection of power and data modules and improvements across the range. The range of power and data modules includes standard power modules, USB charge points, data outlets and RCBO Units in various configurations to cater for a wide variety of installation requirements and layouts.
Siemens has collaborated with Oracle to help energy suppliers better manage data processing demands that will come with market-wide Half Hourly Settlement (HHS). The automated solution uses Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to query and process readings from smart meters in 30-minute intervals in homes and small, non-domestic sites, helping to facilitate the transition to the smart grid. To date, volume and performance testing has been successfully conducted to 1.5million meters, but the Siemens application and OCI can scale well beyond this as the industry transitions to an event-driven architecture.
Ofgem onfirmed plans for market-wide Half Hourly Settlement (HHS) in 2018 across the retail electricity market. The move, scheduled for completion by October 2025, is expected to accelerate the rollout of more personalised customer tariffs and ‘energy-as-a-service’ offerings which leverage the growth of renewable energy generation. The energy watchdog has calculated the successful implementation of HHS could save consumers an estimated £1.6bn to £4.5bn by 2045.
Cleaning firm Samsic UK has introduced Nordic Chem, an antimicrobial surface coating that protects workplaces from bacteria and viruses for up to 90 days after each application. Nordic Chem is water-based, non-irritant, invisible, odour-free, and non-corrosive; it can be applied to all kinds of surfaces.