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  • Flexibility – designed to change
  • Energy efficient design (LEED®)
  • Complete building modeling
  • Focus on building circulation and Feng Shui and common spaces for networking
  • Integration with transportation and surrounding community
  • Construction:
  • Sustainable construction practices
  • Electronic project documentation
  • Modeling extended into construction


  • Integration of all systems
  • Remote operations and optimization
  • Tenant portals:
  • After-hours operation
  • Maintenance management and dispatch
  • Energy information and management systems
  • Real-time energy response
  • Continuous comfort monitoring and feedback


  • Tenant amenities:
  • Concierge
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Lodging
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Optimized vertical transport
  • Personal comfort control:
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • IAQ
  • Lighting
  • Acoustic
  • Networking/Telecom:
  • Common network infrastructure
  • Structured – maintainable cabling
  • WiFi
  • VOIP
  • Digital signage
  • Security/Life safety:
  • Digital video monitoring
  • Access control and monitoring
  • Automatic fire suppression
  • Fire detection and alarm
  • Egress support (lighting, signage, etc.)
  • Contaminant monitoring and containment
  • Proximate security/guard services
  • Mechanical:
  • Energy efficient equipment
  • Thermal storage
  • Combined heat and power
  • Controls optimization
  • Extensive sensing
  • Energy efficiency
  • IAQ
  • Comfort monitoring
  • Internet-enabled controls
  • Enterprise integration
  • Water and gas metering/submetering
  • Electrical:
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Lighting control
  • Distributed generation
  • Dual power feeds/emergency power
  • Power quality monitoring
  • Submetering/billing

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