Johnson Controls rolls out OpenBlue across London

  • November 30, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Johnson Controls is to roll out its OpenBlue digital platform across 22 of Derwent London’s 81 buildings in central London.

This rollout will drive the digital transformation of Derwent London’s estate, enabling possibilities for operational efficiency, occupant experiences and sustainability.

After a pilot at its White Collar Factory building, Derwent London is adopting a suite of Johnson Controls OpenBlue technologies including Enterprise Manager and Central Utility Plant across 22 of its buildings in London. This represents approximately 55% of its total estate by area and includes Derwent London’s net zero carbon development at the Featherstone Building.

OpenBlue Enterprise Manager is a suite of applications designed to monitor and improve energy efficiency, tenant satisfaction, asset performance, maintenance operations, space performance and the comfort of occupants. It delivers intelligent building capabilities. The system uses cloud-based AI and analytics to deliver a complete holistic view of energy consumption, energy efficiency improvements, equipment faults and resource breakdowns by building, floor and tenant.

Central Utility Plant is responsible for the efficient and effective management of the biggest consumer of a building’s energy – the central plant. Using AI and machine learning, the software constantly adjusts and optimises thousands of variables every 15 minutes, reducing baseline energy load while keeping occupants comfortable.

“We’re pleased to partner with Derwent London by implementing our OpenBlue to deliver smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, all underpinned through cutting edge technology,” said Mike Ellis, chief digital officer at Johnson Controls. “The challenges of Covid-19 and the drive to get ahead of climate change have made us all rethink both the spaces we occupy and the wider environment around us. Across our built environment digital solutions are rising to the fore as a tangible means of making our infrastructure more sustainable and future-fit while helping us get more from the spaces we interact with every day.”

He said OpenBlue represented an “exciting technology ecosystem with huge potential to help map out new capabilities for both spaces and places as we look to build the world of tomorrow today”.

Nigel George, executive director at Derwent London, added: “After a very successful pilot, it made sense to expand the use of Johnson Controls’ innovative technologies across more of our buildings. The ability to analyse and understand energy and building performance data across our portfolio brings many benefits. Johnson Controls’ technologies will enable our property managers and occupiers to monitor and report on the steps we’re all making to operate buildings more sustainably. We look forward to this relationship strengthening further as we move to becoming a net zero carbon business by 2030.”

Derwent London owns 81 buildings in a commercial real estate portfolio predominantly in central London valued at £5.4bn.