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Hi, I'm James. When I founded Sirus in 1988, we focused on........................

HI, I'm James. When I founded Sirus in 1988, we focused on developing Building Management systems that reduce energy waste and improve a healthy work environment. Nearly 40 years later, the pressure to demonstrate how well your buildings perform has only increased.

Decarbonisation is non-negotiable. Ensure it becomes a strategic business advantage, not a risk for your investors. Low-energy buildings are more financially beneficial to tenants and owners, and they help organisations to meet their decarbonisation goals.

Achieving net-zero carbon is only possible if you understand how your buildings perform. The right balance between generation and performance is essential to set and reach targets. But there's a little more to it...

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Discover where your buildings are wasting energy and achieve your sustainability goals.
Most buildings use too much energy for basic functioning. Only by understanding how our buildings perform, can we reach targets.
  • Jack Doolan Building
    Emissions Target Exceeded

  • Algol Research Facility
    High Energy Consumption

  • Acacia Place
    Energy Waste Identified

  • HQ Penrose Square
    Poor air quality

  • Luminar Loft
    Monthly Energy Budget exceeded

  • Turnhill Tower
    No anomalies

  • Parnell Place
    No anomalies

  • The Condoeur
    No anomalies

Jack Doolan Building

Emissions Target Exceeded

The organisation's weekly emissions performance target has been exceeded. The breach was flagged in the organisation's Weekly Performance Report. The Jack Doolan Building was the most significant contributor to the missed target and sat in the unenviable position of the worst offender on the Organisation League Table. Both the Head of Sustainability and the relevant Building Manager know the situation and have been communicating regarding the investigation and resolution.

Algol Research Facility

High Energy Consumption

The Algol Manufacturing and Research Facility has recorded high energy consumption for the third week in a row, triggering a nonconformity on its ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard. Excessive energy usage was detected on a SEU Meter during the production process. The abnormally high consumption was identified through a Daily Alert sent to the Production Manager and the Weekly Performance Reports received by all Site Managers.

Acacia Place

Energy Waste Identified

High energy waste has been identified in the Acacia Place heating system's operation. The heating system's energy usage does not align with the outdoor air temperature, indicating waste and an opportunity to decrease consumption. The Weekly Performance tracking captured the issue and reported it to the Building Manager.

HQ Penrose Square

Poor air quality

The organisation’s HQ is situated across two floors in a multi-occupier city centre office building. The organisation’s Weekly Comfort and Wellness Report flagged an issue with air quality in the office. The CO2 levels were above ideal, which is unusual for this building. The Report was shared with the Landlord Facility Manager for further investigation.

Luminar Loft

Monthly Energy Budget exceeded

The organisation’s Monthly Energy Budget Report was issued automatically to the CFO and wider executive team on the first Monday of the month. The Luminar Loft was the group's only property that exceeded its monthly budget. However, its overall performance for the year remained positive due to its impressive performance in previous months. After a brief conversation with the on-site energy manager, it was revealed that a problem with the on- site PV Electrical generation resulted in a higher consumption of imported electricity, causing them to exceed their budget. An unfortunate but short-lived issue.

Turnhill Tower

No anomalies

Parnell Place

No anomalies

The Condoeur

No anomalies

  • Temperature and humidity sensors are important to prevent energy waste.

  • Reducing waste will lead to a lower base of energy usage.

  • Data from heating and cooling systems allows us to identify energy-saving opportunities.

  • Simultaneous heating and cooling of adjacent spaces decreases comfort.

Temperature and humidity sensors are important to prevent energy waste.

Breathing easy: clean air, happy occupiers

Temperature, humidity and other sensors are important to prevent energy waste. But they're just as important to create a healthy indoor environment.

Once upon a time, researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria decided to see what a two-hour exposure to diesel exhaust does to the brain. The result? Temporary decreased functional connectivity in the brain, after exposure to diesel exhaust. On the other end of the spectrum, Finnish technology company Naava wanted to see the effect of plants and green walls in the office space. No less than 43% of the participants made fewer mistakes in the room with green walls, compared to the control room.

The moral of these studies? Don’t let your occupiers breathe diesel exhaust.

But all jokes aside, an unhealthy indoor environment leads to lower productivity, coughs, colds, mental fatigue, headaches, nausea, and so on—issues that companies strive to prevent and avoid. Obviously, the significance of having comfortable, healthy buildings cannot be underestimated. 

Adapting office spaces for the modern occupier

Just like all humans, occupiers in your office spaces or facilities need high-quality oxygen to breathe, and consistent temperature and humidity levels for comfort and overall performance. You wouldn’t be the first left with empty buildings after the pandemic; ready to get occupiers filling those floors again. And the same goes for many employers who are keen to get their employees back to the office. 

But times have changed - and so have the demands from occupiers.

Offering a healthy work environment asks for more than opening a window to get the air circulating. It's all about how the building functions as a whole. That's where monitoring comes into play.

Squirrel on roller skates: navigating indoor environmental performance

Temperature and air quality play a big role in setting an indoor environment up for success. But they’re also wholly dynamic and as unpredictable as a squirrel on roller skates, thanks to their relationship to outdoor conditions and indoor occupancy levels. This means that continuous monitoring with devices in the space is vital to staying on top of our buildings' indoor environmental performance. 

It doesn’t come as a surprise that The International WELL Building Institute recognises the importance of a healthy indoor environment, and established eight concepts for WELL building certification, one of which is Air Quality. 

But simply meeting ventilation standards is not enough. We must also focus on reducing indoor air pollution and ensuring clean air within our buildings. This is where monitoring plays a crucial role. 

From comfort to sustainability

By keeping a constant eye on the humidity levels, variations from desired temperatures, and any potential malfunctions in our HVAC systems, we can ensure that the equipment in our buildings operates at its very best; and optimally performing equipment means optimal air quality. Even better, this enables us to not only evaluate whether our buildings are delivering a healthy indoor environment, but also to determine if the equipment is running efficiently or wasting energy.

So, not only can we provide a healthy indoor environment, but we can also uncover opportunities to save costs and decrease energy consumption, bringing us one step closer to achieving that net-zero goal.

With the right information, you can make easier, faster and more effective decisions about how energy is being used. Make your first improvements within six months. How? Contact me, and I’d be happy to send you more information.

Reducing waste will lead to a lower base of energy usage.

How sustainable practices pay off in more ways than one

Reducing waste leads to a lower base of energy usage - and that only brings benefits. If you’re in the market for a new house, would you go for a townhouse with a D-BER certification, or would you rather invest in a sustainable A-rated property? Many would most likely choose the A-rated property. There’s less maintenance, little investment and lower risk. 

The same applies to those about to invest in your portfolio. Sustainability is not just a buzzword but a strategic imperative for companies. As we all work towards our net-zero carbon goals, showcasing best-in-class ESG policies is not just a requirement but a competitive advantage. Sustainability isn’t a box to check off; it's a pathway to a portfolio filled with lower-risk investments, a testament to your company's resilience and forward-thinking approach.

And who doesn’t love a low-risk investment?

Sustainable practices to manage reputation and drive innovation

Sustainable business models have become the cornerstone of forward-thinking organisations. Integrating environmental, social, and economic considerations into our everyday operations ensures our success while minimising our impact on the planet. Embracing these sustainable practices helps us manage our reputation, strengthen stakeholder relationships, mitigate risks associated with climate change, and drive innovation. What’s not to like?!

Strong ESG credentials for a broader range of investors

As you’ve probably noticed over the last few years, investors increasingly prioritise sustainability when making investment decisions. It just makes sense in the long run. So, making sure you’re backed with strong ESG credentials will demonstrate your commitment to responsible governance practices that align with investor expectations for long-term value creation. 

Strong sustainability practices lead to increased operational efficiency, decreased regulatory risks and improved brand value, all of which contribute to financial stability. Brilliant stuff, but the cherry on the pie is the fact that a sustainable, low-risk portfolio as such can attract a broader range of investors, including those focused specifically on ESG investments - who actively support companies that prioritise sustainability.

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Data from heating and cooling systems allows us to identify energy-saving opportunities.

How performance monitoring KPIs influence the net-zero targets and financial viability of our buildings

Even before investing in renewables or upgrades, you want to make sure your building uses its energy efficiently and without waste. Something as simple as the data from heating and cooling systems allows us to identify energy-saving opportunities, leading to energy efficiency. An effective way to accomplish energy efficiency is through data collection, which allows you to set KPIs and gain valuable insights into energy consumption patterns. 

Setting the right KPIs is like setting the stage for a musical - you’re going to want to have all props on the right spot before someone breaks a leg. Benchmarks and goals give us the context we need to see how our buildings are performing. We take all the information we've gathered from the buildings and compare it to similar ones or best practices, turning random numbers into insightful nuggets of wisdom. This allows us to set realistic targets for reducing energy consumption over time, which is a big win-win.

What KPIs and pocket allowance have in common

Think of KPIs as pocket allowance for a young teenager. You don’t want to get any complaints about it being too little, so you compare it against similar, like-minded parents, the standards within your region, and external factors such as the price of clothes and snacks. If your teenager is saving for something special - reaching a specific goal, the pocket allowance would require assessment, evaluation and adjustments. 

In a way, pocket money is like the KPIs of growing up, it serves as a performance measure, teaching young adults how to manage their resources effectively. It’s about setting goals and tracking progress towards those goals. Like we monitor energy consumption and occupant satisfaction, teenagers manage their pocket money to achieve personal financial objectives.

Using KPIs to set realistic net-zero targets suitable for our buildings

When we make sure the data we gather from our buildings actually makes sense to those responsible for reaching targets, we become like energy efficiency detectives. We can spot trends, anomalies, and hidden energy-saving opportunities that would have otherwise slipped through the cracks. Now that we know what’s needed, we can make the right decisions when implementing energy-saving measures such as upgrading equipment, optimising building systems, or adjusting occupant behaviour.

With a shared understanding of energy consumption patterns and performance goals, occupiers, building managers, and sustainability teams can work together towards achieving targets. It’s about more than just ticking boxes or complying with regulations; it is about steering our buildings towards a sustainable future while ensuring their long-term financial viability. 

We believe in what we do, and we think that you should, too. But surely, we wouldn’t ask you to take our word for it. That’s why we’ve created a first set of analytics to give insight into your building or facility’s energy performance. With as little as your utility bills and some basic building information, we can show you how your building performs, where you benchmark, and what you might want to aim for.

Simultaneous heating and cooling of adjacent spaces decreases comfort.

What does comfort and air quality actually cost you?

Things as simple as simultaneously heating and cooling adjacent spaces leads to waste - and reduced comfort. Only one in five buildings has a control system regulating heating, cooling, ventilation and hot water generation. And still most of these buildings operate at a Class C energy efficiency level. The ones without control systems are worse again, operating at efficiency grades of E, F or G.  

Balancing comfort with energy efficiency is quite a task. But it’s also the way to create healthy and comfortable work environments (and bring occupants back to our buildings). Understanding the energy burn needed to achieve the desired comfort levels is important. So, what does it really take—energy-wise—to maintain a comfortable and healthy space?

Understanding energy consumption for comfort

Comfort in an office space goes beyond setting a thermostat. It involves temperature, humidity, and even air distribution within a space. Achieving and maintaining these conditions comes at an energy cost—and the possibility of energy waste. 

The lion’s share of energy use in office buildings can be attributed to humidity control, ventilation- and HVAC systems. Especially during the colder and warmer months. Are you heating and cooling two adjacent spaces? Does the ventilation system need to work twice as hard after being turned off over the weekend? Then energy is being wasted. And wasted energy equals less comfort, higher cost and more effort to reach your net-zero targets.

The moral of the story? If we want to reach our sustainability, wellness and financial targets, all these systems need to be running like a well-oiled machine - with no room for error. This means not just having a good control system in place, but knowing where energy is being wasted and what action can be taken to make these systems more efficient.

Reducing the operational cost while maintaining high-end spaces

Energy demand is and will always be present. The challenge is not simply about supplying renewable energy, but making the best use of whatever energy is used and avoiding waste. Adjusting to occupancy, usage patterns and outdoor weather conditions is a precision job. It is this lack of insight and understanding that causes many buildings to operate on a Class C level and lower.

Knowing how our buildings and their systems function gives us the insight we need to prevent this wastage while maintaining high-end, comfortable, and healthy spaces. It allows our occupiers to return to comfortable spaces and provides sustainable and financial benefits for our buildings. Achieving net-zero carbon goals while maintaining high comfort and air quality standards is within reach—for those bold enough to take up the challenge.

Ready to get your first insights today? Calculate energy performance, compare to benchmarks and unlock potential savings.

We turn this complex analytical data into clear and practical insights that empower you to improve your buildings’ performance.
  • Hi Joe, I see the heating in the offices is running very high and the CO2 isn't great either

  • Perfect, can you send me the latest report for their offices when you are done? I want to share it with their Facilities Manager

  • Thanks John, I'll look into it ASAP

  • Will do!

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“Within days of starting a trial with OPNBuildings we identified several operational and energy-saving improvement opportunities within our buildings. After successfully using the software within two of our pilot buildings, we extended monitoring across all the Irish Wateroffices. Continuous Monitoring and Reporting enables us to measure and demonstrate the performance of our office-led assets.”

Dermot Walsh
Energy and Systems Manager, Irish Water

“Thanks to OPNBuildings there was confidence at handover that the building was achieving air quality and thermal comfort. The necessary tools were in place to support the continuous improvement in building operations with fault detection and easy-to-read dashboards. OPNBuildings was this project's most important quality driver, and we have now realised our 2030 Climate action plan targets.”

Robert Ryan
Projects Manager, Irish Water

“Cork University Dental School and Hospital installed CO2 monitors in the hospital as a supplementary system for monitoring air changes. We found the online dashboard very user-friendly, and the company were very responsive to our needs. We would highly recommend the OPNBuildings platform.”

Siobhan Lynch
Hospital & School Manager
Cork University Dental School & Hospital

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