You require a lot to be innovative. You need spaces that enable you to get in touch and exchange views. An environment that creates openness and familiarity. This building provides these conditions.Andrea Dorothea Schoen, Senior Manager Carbon Controlling and Consulting, DB Schenker AG
To provide optimal working conditions for each employee, DB Schenker’s head office boasts an impressive degree of digitalization and building automation: The building management platform Desigo CC encompasses 560 room operator units, a fire alarm system with 1,500 fire detectors, an access control system with 40 readers, an intrusion detection system, a video surveillance system and DALI lighting control. All of which can be centrally controlled from two redundant operating screens.
To save energy, additional light sensors on the roof make sure the blinds are optimally adjusted depending on the angle of the sun and cloud cover. While, of course, any user can also adjust the blinds independently, for example, if they need to darken the room for a presentation. Facility management is especially happy with the new transparency the building management platform Desigo CC offers, as before its introduction it was virtually impossible to even get a status report from a room without personally going there. Previously DB Schenker could only take care of the janitor service. All the other areas had to be outsourced to specialist companies because there was no in-house expertise, and controlling the various functions would have required a lot of personnel.
The building’s sustainability concept has earned it LEED silver certification. Each room is equipped with at least one room operator unit, and the larger ones have several. These units have inbuilt sensors, so when staff use them to control the temperature and lighting they can see by a glowing green or red leaf whether their settings are environmentally friendly. To make full use of the new functionality, every staff member was given a welcome booklet when they moved in – showing not only the quickest way to the cafeteria, but also how to use the room automation system sensibly and sustainably. After one more year, DB Schenker will benefit even more, having gathered experience that allows them to fine-tune the system and unlock its full potential in terms of lowering energy consumption.
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