Deka Immobilien is expanding its cooperation with MeteoViva.
How effective has MeteoViva Climate been so far as an energy conservation measure for Deka?
For us as a property portfolio holder, the ecological aspects of sustainability are particularly relevant. Our ambition is to be climate neutral by 2050 at the latest, an ambition that we have also clearly formulated in our sustainability strategy. To achieve this, it is crucial to take appropriate action today. In this context, the MeteoViva Climate technology is proving to be a very efficient measure that has enabled us to reduce CO2 emissions for heating, cooling and ventilating in buildings by more than 20 percent on average.
To achieve CO2 savings of this magnitude, other measures, such as the replacement of technical equipment or energy-related renovations, would require significantly higher investments, which is why MeteoViva also pays off as a first step.
At the same time, MeteoViva provides the user, i.e. our tenant, with great added value. From day one, the measure provides the tenant with a more stable indoor climate and thus (a greater) sense of well-being, while at the same time lowering utility costs. The technical upgrade of the building can be carried out during ongoing operations without restricting the tenant's use of the building.
In the future, the predictive control of building and energy management will also be used in modernized buildings and in new constructions. What do you expect from this step?
MeteoViva works with a so-called digital twin and creates a digital representation of a building and its equipment. This allows various analysis to be carried out and the performance of technical systems to be predicted and optimized. Precisely these predictions help us in the planning phase of modernizations or new buildings. Consequently, more sustainable decisions can be made regarding the dimensioning of technical systems and they can also be optimally coordinated with each other.
Time-consuming readjustments or malfunctions after commissioning are almost completely eliminated. The buildings are ready for occupancy more quickly and the tenants have an optimized indoor climate starting day one.
Besides, we will benefit as well. MeteoViva’s technology will also be used in Deka's new office building, which is currently under construction in Niederrad in Frankfurt.
In the long term, demand for office space is expected to decline as a result of the digital transformation. To what extent will energy conservation measures of this kind still pay off?
We expect a stable or increasing demand for high-quality office space. “Green" buildings in particular are continuing to gain ground. The expected long-term effects on the real estate market due to Corona are actually only an acceleration of trends that were already discernible beforehand. However, new modern work concepts require new flexibility of space. We believe that we have selected a promising digital technology in MeteoViva Climate. The system can be expanded flexibly and new parameters such as variable working hours or flexible use of space can also be incorporated easily.
With our high-quality office space, we want to reach tenants with strong credit ratings and enter into long-term contracts. In the competition for such tenants, sustainability, digitalization and comfort are important topics.