HOW A LEADING REIT ACHIEVED IT'S GREEN GOALS BY ADJUSTING MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
For forward-thinking leaders, the adage about repairs sounds something like, “If it ain’t broke, wait until the performance inflection point where maintenance provides the maximal life.” While that doesn’t roll off the tongue as the common phrase, the value of understanding that point can minimize expenses and downtime while maximizing tenant satisfaction.
For more than 25 years, Brandywine Realty Trust has developed, built and managed the nation's most remarkable Class-A office and mixed-use properties. Brandywine is a publicly-traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BDN) operating in select markets across the nation.
Brandywine’s challenge was to balance their shareholder value commitment with their mission to design, build and maintain extraordinary and sustainable work environments for their clients, tenants, employees and communities that reflect their “Best In Class” standards.
To find this equilibrium, Brandywine targeted areas that added unnecessary expenses and disrupted user comfort and productivity. Even with a building automation system (BAS) was in place, the leaders at Brandywine needed to integrate, manage, and translate data from a myriad of heterogeneous systems in order to achieve their optimization targets.
THE InSite SOLUTION
After developing a deeper understanding of Brandywine’s goals and systems, the InSite team developed a plan that would contribute to shareholder value without compromising user comfort and productivity and sustainability targets. From this analysis, InSite recommended its Systems Optimization (SO) module to turn their existing building system data into actionable intelligence that their property and maintenance teams can use to make quicker and more informed operational decisions.
The Systems Optimization module combines technology with deep subject-matter expertise to identify, quantify and prioritize major deficiencies in building operations that are normally hidden from plain view. By drafting and customizing sophisticated algorithms that continually mine the BAS data for operational faults, InSite’s Measurement and Verification (M+V) process is inherently built into SO which ensures that any corrective actions taken will provide lasting and meaningful improvements to building operations.
By integrating energy, system, maintenance, and financial data with InSite, Brandywine was able to continuously monitor the holistic performance of building operations which drove major reductions in energy consumption, extended system life cycles, and optimized maintenance team performance.
InSite was also able to identify other major anomalies such as issues with the waterside economizer, outside air damper, non-modulating VFD speeds, and scheduling. This data enabled Brandywine to shift replacement costs to significantly less impactful maintenance expenses. Other notable values delivered include:
IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS
OR 7% AVERAGE REDUCTION OF THE UTILITY SPEND
SAVINGS IN ENERGY IN THEIR 12 PREMIER SITES
"We knew that implementing the System Optimization module across our Greater Philadelphia portfolio was the best way to create a data-driven proactive service for our tenants, with a continued focus on creating greener more sustainable environments. What we didn't realize was that significant financial savings would be realized so quickly.“