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Shanghai urban centre integrates smart building technology

Monitoring and control of the entire building in the business district of Pudong is managed from a central command centre with full analytics and reporting

The smart 150,000m2 building complex comprises two towers, each with 32 floors
The smart 150,000m2 building complex comprises two towers, each with 32 floors

A landmark complex in Shanghai is the first smart building in the Chinese business capital to install a total building management system from Siemens.


The management system package incorporates integrated disciplines including building automation, lighting, fire safety and security as well as low- to medium-voltage power distribution.


Lilacs International Commerce Centre, located in the Pudong business district, is a 150,000m2 building complex comprising of two towers, each with 32 floors of office space. It integrates retail areas, commercial and office activity as well as a cultural centre and exhibition areas, with extensive green spaces both inside and outside the complex.


Siemens claims its smart building technology package delivers “safety, security, comfort and reliability for tenants and occupants” and also optimises the energy efficiency of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified centre.


An established long-term strategic partnership with the developer and operator of Lilacs, Shanghai Shanchuan Real Estate Co, meant Siemens was able to provide technical expertise during the design stage. This then led to the decision to appoint Siemens as sole partner from design to implementation with responsibility for the delivery of the entire building technology solution.


The project included the effective networking and coordination of individual areas, defining specific scenarios and then testing suitable solution packages. This was followed by internal certification of the new solution packages to verify the error-free operation and seamless interoperability of the components, thus ensuring the reliability and stability of the operating systems, Siemens said.


The system’s cloud-based platform offers comprehensive monitoring of the building infrastructure and is an important tool to maximise its energy and operational efficiency. Monitoring and control of the entire building is managed from a central command centre with full analytics and reporting.


Within the office environment, employees experience a comfortable and energy-efficient room climate and optimum working conditions. Intelligent LED lighting systems ensure constant lighting control and biosensor lighting systems ensure lighting efficiencies in the office units. A smart heating system delivers economic warm water supply, and multiple integrated sensors constantly measure the rooms’ carbon dioxide concentration, temperature and humidity. Cool air, hot air and fresh air are all adjustable in real time.


The next step for Shanghai Shanchuan Real Estate Co is to “push the boundaries”, making greater use of Big Data to turn it into a smart building that is able to generate its own predictions regarding energy consumption and user requirements.


“We aim to cut down on energy by an additional 12- to 18 percent by reducing the amount of energy that is repeatedly circulating in our systems,” said Li Hang, assistant general manager and head of engineering at the real estate company. “It involves building a space-state model of the entire building and then performing analysis and real-time calculations in the back-end databases.”

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