So why bathtubs, trees, and houses? Ensuring that the metrics make sense to everyday users was a key outcome for Rita.
“When you say the building uses 1,726 kilowatts of electricity per day, it doesn’t really mean anything to most people,” Rita explains, “but when you say that’s equivalent to 88 houses, then it’s a relatable metric. Maybe it will make somebody think twice before leaving their monitor on overnight, or they’ll set the dishwasher to ‘water saving’ on the next cycle. That’s the human influence I wanted the dashboard to have.”
It’s an education tool through user-awareness. When users make more sustainable choices throughout their workday, they have a direct impact on the numbers displayed on the dashboard.
As a customisable tool, View also displays 55 Corinthian Drive’s ecological metrics (like how 19% of the site contains native planting) as well as the building’s other sustainability features (like the 48 end-of-trip facilities and 16 electric vehicle charging stations).
While the tool looks at the building’s energy usage on a macro level, it has the potential to be used on a micro level, too – metrics can be broken down by the different floors or tenants, encouraging competition between users to be the most energy-efficient occupants of the building. View can also be installed on a company’s intranet so people can access the tool throughout the day; useful for those who took the stairs instead of the elevator in the morning.
The dashboard gained an innovation credit during 55 Corinthian Drive’s Green Star assessment, which contributed to the building’s 5 Green Star Design Rating. The innovation category allows designers to think outside the box to implement sustainability elements that do not necessarily fit into one of the other categories.
ESP is continuing to build the tool; they’re currently exploring ways to measure travel and waste – the two other main sources of emissions alongside energy. Lincoln is excited about the impact View can have on sustainability in the commercial space.
“Not only is it great for encouraging behavioural change among users, but it’s also a great way for tenants and building operators to publicly demonstrate their commitment to sustainability,” he says. “We’re now working with other clients to implement the tool on their projects, too.”
According to the New Zealand Green Building Council, the built environment is responsible for 20% of New Zealand’s carbon footprint. If we are to achieve net zero carbon by 2050, innovations that focus on sustainability across the whole lifecycle of a building, like View, will play an important role in reducing emissions and reaching our sustainability goals.