Phil Draper, Technical and Sustainability Manager at Regent’s Place, looks at how British Land’s changed energy management processes are highlighting supply chain issues in the way buildings are managed, taking 350 Euston Road as an example.

The new energy management system and monitoring process at 350 Euston Road highlighted to us, the building management team (Broadgate Estates Ltd), immediate energy cost saving opportunities of £17,000 for occupiers in the building. These could largely be achieved by changing the settings on the building management system (BMS), with further savings opportunities identified on an ongoing basis.

However, our incumbent BMS supplier’s business model involved them generating significant income from modifying settings to our BMS. They were therefore quoting fees of £35,000 to go in and make the initial modifications, with further costs for future modifications.

Since constant monitoring of BMS settings is required once you begin to actively manage landlord-influenced energy consumption in a building, it became obvious to us that we needed a new BMS and a supplier who could adapt to our new ways of working.

We therefore reviewed all major BMS systems and identified that we could install a new BMS for £72,000, one that would give us the functionality we needed so we could make ongoing modifications without paying high fees each time. Given the forecast energy cost savings, we were able to justify the investment to occupiers.

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