Jones Lang LaSalle: IntelliCommand in Procter & Gamble’s Portfolio | Jones Lang LaSalle

“The ability to utilize multiple legacy BMS languages to tie into this management system makes this a viable product for any company. The project at P&G is a testament to the power of such a tool, and with the economic benefits of this system, it only makes the time required to investigate and hopefully implement, that much more enticing. Has potential – because of their scale – to have a major impact on global corporate portfolios. Any company that is looking to manage their commercial space should be at least exploring IntelliCommand from Jones Lang Lasalle.”
--Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards judge

Jones Lang LaSalle installed its IntelliCommand smart building technology platform in 12 Procter & Gamble buildings to reduce energy consumption, costs and GHG emissions.

jones lang lasalle image reducedThe pilot program identified four P&G campuses totaling 12 buildings with a combination of office, laboratory and mixed-use R&D spaces to determine IntelliCommand’s effectiveness in different types of P&G buildings. Some older buildings were not fully automated, while others had competing systems that could not communicate with each other prior to IntelliCommand. JLL tapped existing building automation and installed wireless sensors throughout the buildings, which were connected to a cloud-based monitoring and control system that analyzes millions of data points per minute and detects anomalies requiring adjustment. Building retrofits were not needed. The assessment of buildings and initial installation was completed within three months; testing and calibrating the system took an additional two months. P&G reduced energy by 4.4 million kWh in the first year, an overall savings of 10%.

IntelliCommand reduced energy use at the 12 test P&G buildings by 8-16% within 11 months, with overall pilot program savings of 10%, paying back implementation costs within three months and exceeding P&G’s ROI break-even timetable by more than 18 months.

IntelliCommand’s ability to anticipate and prevent equipment or system failures eliminates unplanned expenditures for emergency repairs, improves work order management and capital planning, and enables benchmarking of energy performance across the portfolio, says JLL. It also automates the process of benchmarking against similar properties via the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. IntelliCommand also streamlined P&G’s collection of sustainability metrics, such as energy and water usage and GHG emissions.

IntelliCommand provides continual commissioning via remote monitoring and control systems that analyze energy usage data and automatically adjusts settings to prevent buildings from drifting out of calibration. The P&G project was IntelliCommand’s first large-scale implementation and served as a pilot program before being expanded to P&G’s global portfolio.

IntelliCommand is effective at capturing key benefits and overcoming common obstacles cost-effectively, Jones Lang LaSalle says. For example:

Interoperability: Existing buildings have controls from manufacturers who use proprietary systems that can’t communicate with competitors’ systems. Corporate portfolios (such as P&G’s) include buildings with many different technology systems, and retrofitting buildings to one system is inordinately expensive. IntelliCommand uses technology that translates protocols from all systems into one language, making a smart portfolio feasible.

Human/machine communications: Smart buildings still need people to make repairs and maintain equipment. Rather than just including technology, IntelliCommand includes an interface between machines and humans: the system alerts remote command center experts, who schedule maintenance and repairs based on the level of urgency.