The Energy, Indonesia’s first intelligent building, was constructed as the head office of the Medco Group, one of Indonesia’s major corporate groups. PT. Azbil Berca Indonesia, Yamatake’s overseas affiliate, created an Intelligent Building Management System (IBMS) for introduction into The Energy. As a result, it succeeded in reducing the energy consumption of the entire building to half of the planned consumption.
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Aiming to reduce the energy consumption of the Group’s landmark building
With the fourth largest population in the world (230 million people), Indonesia has long been addressing energy policies with a view to protecting the environment, aimed at the coexistence of the economy and environment. The country enacted the Energy Saving Law in August 2007 and is now working toward the establishment of related laws, regulations and systems.
The Medco Group has one of the highest sales figures in Indonesia. With a workforce of 10,000 employees, the Group is conducting a diversified business in the energy field such as oil, natural gas, power plants, and ethanol production, as well as in the non-energy field including real estate, hotels and banks. PT. API METRA GRAHA, which conducts the real-estate business of the Group, proposed to reduce communication and transportation costs by putting all Medco Group offices—which were distributed in several locations throughout Jakarta—under one roof. As its first project, PT. API METRA GRAHA constructed The Energy, an intelligent office building with a total floor area of approx. 65,000m² and 43 stories above the ground and five stories below, in Jakarta.
“In 2011, all Group companies will move into The Energy, which will serve as the control tower connecting all the domestic and overseas offices via a high-speed network,” says Mr. Yuyun Priandy. “The Energy will become a landmark of the Medco Group.”
The concept for constructing The Energy is “Intelligent Workspace.” The Energy is an intelligent building equipped with the functions to dynamically conduct business in offices around the world by connecting information/communication technology systems such as the Internet, wireless LAN, and telephone as well as facility management systems such as security, CCTV*1, air conditioning, lighting, parking lots, and conference room reservation management, all with a single IP backbone*2. The challenge in promoting this concept is the monitoring and management of energy consumption of the entire building.
“Against the backdrop of rising energy prices, we have set an ambitious goal of managing the energy consumption of The Energy to achieve energy savings,” says Mr. Priandy. ”Office activities must be performed in comfort without restricting the supply of electric power or the use of elevators and other facilities. For this reason, we introduced the Intelligent Building Management System (IBMS)*3, which enables integrated management of building facility systems. We aimed to achieve energy savings by managing the operation of all facilities with a single system and monitoring energy consumption including the amount of electric power used.”
PT. Azbil Berca Indonesia was selected for its track record in Indonesia and technical capabilities
Based on this concept, the construction project of The Energy started in 2006. PT. Azbil Berca Indonesia (ABID), Yamatake’s overseas affiliate, was selected from among seven manufacturers to construct the IBMS, the heart of this building’s concept.
“ABID has a proven track record in Indonesia as well as a long history of developing sensors, controllers and system products,” says Mr. Priandy. “We concluded that ABID would be able to not only satisfy our technical specifications and requirements, but also integrate all facility management systems into an overall synthesis with the IBMS at the core.”
The IBMS, built around Yamatake’s savic-net™FX building management system, provides integrated management of electric power, lighting, disaster prevention, security, CCTV, emergency broadcasting, elevators, escalators, parking lots, and other facility management systems. Each tenant is provided with a Web portal function for setting the temperature of air conditioners, programming the air-conditioning in conference rooms, applying for extended use of conference rooms, and monitoring the dining room by camera.
The amount of electricity currently used is displayed at all times on the large-screen monitor installed in the central monitoring room. Information of all facility management systems can also be displayed and shared by personnel in the central monitoring room.
The IBMS is composed of facility management systems integrated around the savic-net FX. The operation status of the facilities in the building can be checked.
Finely-tuned monitoring and management of energy consumption, and Tackling advanced building design
An alarm issued on site is sent from the savic-net FX to cell phone and PDAs via electronic mail. The building management representative and building management operators can check the building’s status in real-time, wherever they are.
The Energy was thus completed in September 2008 as the first intelligent office building in Indonesia. Planned power consumption was estimated at 8 M Watt, but the actual consumption was held down to 4 M Watt, half of the planned power consumption. Energy conservation, one of the original goals, was successfully achieved.
“Power consumption is monitored in real-time by the building management personnel in the central monitoring room, and is made available on the Internet to each tenant,” says Mr. Priandy. “Energy-saving awareness is growing among tenants because they can easily check the power consumption of their air conditioners and lighting, resulting in lower energy consumption.”
Meanwhile, in the central monitoring room, the operation status of all facility management systems can be monitored with only the IBMS, instead of monitoring many facility management systems for different operations such as security, disaster prevention, and lighting. Monitoring work has been simplified, requiring a minimum number of personnel: two persons during the day and one person at night. In addition, procedures for dealing with abnormal situations have already been established. If an alarm goes off, the abnormal event will immediately be relayed to the building management representative’s and building management operator’s cell phones and PDAs*4 via electronic mail. The building management representative for PT. API METRA GRAHA will take immediate action and ABID will deal with the situation as necessary.
PT. API METRA GRAHA will pursue further reduction of energy consumption of The Energy and tackle new challenges in the construction of new buildings based on the experience obtained through this project.
“We have learned a great deal from the construction of The Energy and the operation of the IBMS,” says Mr. Priandy. “Taking advantage of our experience, in constructing new buildings, we will monitor the facility operation status and energy consumption in a more finely-tuned manner. We would also like to develop “smart” buildings that can automatically operate airconditioning and lighting facilities, with the IBMS at the core. We are extremely satisfied with ABID’s approach to both the introduction of IBMS and subsequent follow-ups. We expect that ABID will make further proposals that meet customers’ requests.”
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*1 CCTV (Closed Circuit Television)
Unlike television broadcasts for public viewing, this system is for specified viewers to monitor remote locations within a predetermined closed area. This system is installed for the purpose of crime prevention.
*2 IP backbone
Network infrastructure using the Internet protocol (IP), it is most widely used in networking.
Intelligent Building Management System. Various facility management systems such as security, CCTV, air conditioning, lighting, and elevators are integrated to monitor the entire building and achieve energy and cost savings.
Personal Digital Assistant. Any small mobile hand-held device with information storage capabilities; for keeping schedules, memos, electronic mail, and other information on hand.
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Mr. Yuyun Priandy
PT. API METRA GRAHA
- Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
The Energy 7th Fl., SCBD Lot 11 A Jl.Jend. Sudirman Kav.52-53
- Business scope: Planning, operation and maintenance of buildings
This case study was published in the January 2011 issue of the azbil Group's corporate magazine, azbil.