Strategic Focus: Using Digital Twins For Next-Gen Energy Management And Maintenance

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Executive Summary

Digital twins are transforming the way facilities are operated and managed. This novel technology is unlocking multiple benefits for building management, facilitating energy optimization, predictive maintenance and cost savings. This report provides real estate and facilities management executives with insights into the leading applications of digital twins for building operations and the added value of this technology beyond the conventional software used for energy and maintenance. It explores practical digital twin implementation scenarios and future perspectives on this evolving technology. Facilities managers (FMs) can leverage this report to learn from the successes achieved by other firms in energy and maintenance management through the use of digital twins, as well as to inform their own digital twin initiatives, and to craft a persuasive case for investment presentation to the C-Suite.

Table of contents

Digital twins represent a leap forward in optimizing building operations
Energy management and maintenance use cases lead the charge in smart building digital twins
Digital twins provide an extra layer of value beyond the conventional software used for energy and maintenance
Facilities managers are using digital twins to optimize energy consumption and streamline maintenance in practical implementations
Managed services, GenAI and integration of the external built environment will influence the trajectory of digital twins

Table of figures

Figure 1. Technology innovations are set to revolutionize the automation of building energy and maintenance management
Figure 2. Digital twins bring an extra dimension of value beyond standard software employed for energy and maintenance purposes
Figure 3. Executives expect their use of service providers to dramatically increase for energy and maintenance-related activities

About the authors

Amelia Feehan

Senior Analyst
Amelia is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focuses on digital twins, IoT solutions and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) software. Prior to joining Verdantix, Amelia worked as a façade engineer at Arup, where she gained experience in sustainable building design and construction. She holds an MEng in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

Claire Stephens

Research Director, Smart Buildings
Claire Stephens is Research Director of the Smart Buildings team. With 18 years of experience in the sector, Claire is recognized as an expert in industries that make up the built environment, in particular, corporate and commercial real estate, and workplace and sustainability technologies. At Verdantix, Claire will be digging into building technology for building owners, occupiers and investors, focusing on how to support them in reaching their ESG objectives. Prior to her arrival at Verdantix, Claire launched Asia’s first corporate real estate, green building and building technology publications. She has also delivered full lifecycle real estate consultancy services covering a broad range of asset types in industries including financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, technology, consumer goods, media, retail and hospitality.

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