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Smart centre for smart buildings opens its doors

The building can track an occupant from arrival on site to departure with real-time capability to adjust the environment based on movement

CBRE's smart buildings centre in Milwaukee can track an occupant from arrival to departure
CBRE's smart buildings centre in Milwaukee can track an occupant from arrival to departure

CBRE's new smart buildings centre can track occupants and adjust the environment according to movement

CEC demonstrates best practice for network security and IoT design throughout the facility

Commercial real estate services company the CBRE Group has opened the Smart Building Client Experience Centre (CEC) in the US to showcase leading building technology solutions to clients.


Located outside Milwaukee in the Gateway West Commerce Centre, the centre will evaluate new technologies on behalf of corporate clients, equipment, and technology partners around the globe. It will also form the headquarters for CBRE|ESI, the company’s smart building solutions business.


The 34,000-square-foot, Class-A office building is one of just six buildings in the world that have earned a Triple LEED Platinum rating. It has also achieved an Energy Star rating of 99, which is an impressive achievement for this facility type and location.


Capabilities include the ability to track an occupant from arrival on site to departure, with real-time capability to adjust air quality, temperature, light, audio, and visual capabilities based on movement throughout the environment.


CBRE|ESI uses an advanced integration and analytics platform to securely gather and analyse data from sensors, various building systems, meters, and other devices. Best practices for network security and internet-of-things (IoT) design are showcased throughout the facility.


“The smart building process, expertise, and technology within CBRE|ESI create tremendous value for both individual facilities and global portfolios,” said Bill Concannon, CEO of CBRE’s global workplace solutions. “We provide transparent assurance to our clients that their facilities are operating efficiently and optimally through the right combination of people, process and technology, while simultaneously enhancing the workplace experience for their clients and occupants.”


CBRE|ESI’s CEC also demonstrates the tangible results of cost reduction and environmental stewardship clients can achieve. The centre itself performed 41 per cent more efficiently than design models had projected. It also eliminated 223 tons of CO2 (equivalent of consuming 25,000 gallons of gasoline) in the building’s first year of occupancy.


By opening the CBRE|ESI headquarters space to clients as an experience centre, CBRE seeks to show building owners and occupiers how the blend of intelligent design, advanced technology, proactive operations planning, and strategic maintenance protocols can be applied to achieve optimal facilities performance.


CBRE|ESI, whose mission is “smarter buildings, smarter workplaces,” was founded in 1986 and was acquired by CBRE in 2015. It employs 70 engineers, designers, developers, and data scientists who provide solutions for building automation, systems integration, security, life safety, energy services, and building operations.


Originally operated as a stand-alone service line within CBRE, the market demand and client interest of smart buildings has prompted the company to integrate CBRE|ESI services into the firm’s global workplace solutions enterprise facilities management offering.


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