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Prioritising health and safety while streamlining building operations during COVID-19

For our customers and other building owners and operators, responding to the near-term challenges of COVID-19 requires an agile approach to building management by adopting the right strategy at the right time. We also know that the plant room might not be front of mind right now so we’ve put together a quick plan to ensure it doesn’t have to be.

 If you’re an active CIM customer, our engineering team should have already been in contact with you to discuss our bespoke recommendations for your building or portfolio. If there’s another way we can assist you, please contact us.

CIM’s COVID-19 response strategy for

complex building operators

The CIM team is committed to our customers’ success and we are on hand to offer extra support during COVID-19. 

Many of our customers have told us they need help prioritising health and safety, and cutting back operational costs, including energy consumption. We’ve developed some key actions for each major customer type to help them do just that. 

Our COVID-19 response strategy focuses on:

Improving health and safety for remaining staff, tenants and visitors:

  • Taking extra precautions such as adjusting fresh air intake to improve health and safety
  • Reducing the burden on onsite operations teams through remote monitoring and virtual engineering support

Streamlining operations to match demand:

  • Reducing energy consumption and costs according to foot traffic 
  • Optimising equipment efficiency and lifecycle to defer capital expenditure
  • Achieving BMS maintenance and mechanical systems maintenance cost savings
  • Maintaining critical building operations as needed
  • Restoring peak operational performance as foot traffic returns

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      COVID-19 response for airports

      Customer objectives:

      • Reduce energy costs in response to lower passenger traffic
      • Maintain high indoor air quality using fresh outside air to improve health and safety
      • Immediate reporting of high priority issues
      • Most effective use of onsite resources 
      • Restore normal operations when applicable

      Please contact us if you would like advice on managing your airport operations leveraging building analytics. Our engineering team can provide tailored recommendations to help you streamline operations and carefully manage health and safety. 

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      COVID-19 response for museums and other cultural institutions

      Customer objectives:

      • Preservation of precious artefacts by maintaining ideal temperature and humidity conditions 
      • Maintain high indoor air quality in common areas and office
      • Minimise energy consumption in response to lower visitors and staff numbers 
      • Preserve operation of critical HVAC equipment and service areas 
      • Alert and escalation of critical equipment failures
      • Reduce burden of HVAC management for site teams

      Please contact us if you would like advice on managing your operations leveraging building analytics. Our engineering team can provide tailored recommendations to help you streamline operations and carefully manage health and safety.

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      COVID-19 response for sports and leisure centres

      Customer objectives:

      • Limiting equipment operation, energy consumption and costs in response to drop in patronage numbers
      • Delivering high indoor air quality using fresh outside air
      • Limiting office operations in response to reduced staff numbers
      • Reducing the burden of HVAC management for onsite teams
      • Staging the return of operations when business returns to normal

      Please contact us if you would like advice on managing your sports and leisure centre operations leveraging building analytics. Our engineering team can provide tailored recommendations to help you streamline operations and carefully manage health and safety.

      COVID-19 response for commercial offices

      Customer objectives:

      • Limiting energy costs in response to lower occupancy
      • Exceeding minimum indoor air quality requirements
      • Preserving services and operations for key tenants and server rooms
      • Remote monitoring and communication planning
      • Reducing the burden of HVAC management for onsite teams
      • Returning building controls to normal as occupancy recovers

      Please contact us if you would like advice on managing your commercial real estate operations leveraging building analytics. Our engineering team can provide tailored recommendations to help you streamline operations and carefully manage health and safety.

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      COVID-19 response for shopping centres / retail

      Customer objectives:

      • Limiting energy costs in response to lower foot traffic
      • Maintaining high indoor air quality using fresh outside air to improve health and safety
      • Prioritising and preserving services in critical areas (e.g. supermarkets, medical centres, pharmacies)
      • Implementing and passing on energy savings for near-term tenant closures (e.g. cinemas)
      • Remote monitoring and communication planning with onsite teams and contractors
      • Immediately reporting high priority issues
      • Restoring normal operations when applicable

      Please contact us if you would like advice on managing your retail operations leveraging building analytics. Our engineering team can provide tailored recommendations to help you streamline operations and carefully manage health and safety.

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      COVID-19 response for manufacturing

      Customer objectives:

      • Improving health and safety by using fresh air to maintaining high indoor air quality
      • Limiting energy costs in response to lower foot traffic, especially in offices, canteens and non-core areas through widening of deadbands and modifying setpoints
      • Prioritising and preserving services to critical areas such as production equipment and validated areas
      • Potentially staging chiller and boiler setpoints in response to reduced demand
      • Staging and coordinating lock-outs of areas/tenancies/floors in response to partial closures
      • Reducing the burden of HVAC management for onsite teams
      • Immediately reporting high priority issues
      • Restoring normal operations when applicable

      Please contact us if you would like advice on managing your manufacturing operations leveraging building analytics. Our engineering team can provide tailored recommendations to help you streamline operations and carefully manage health and safety.

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