Market Lane: Achieving Measurable Efficiency and Savings with Caroma Smart Command
Located just east of Melbourne’s famous South Melbourne Market, Hickory’s Market Lane development is the office of the future. Designed by Elenberg Fraser and built by Hickory Group, the mixed-use commercial building features five levels of office space, retail space on the ground floor as well as a standard end-of-trip facility in the basement. The development features a lush atrium that allows filtered natural light and fresh air to be distributed to all levels, it is the high-tech office of the future.
Market Lane offers Caroma Smart Command® in its end-of-trip bathrooms and facilities as a means to both improve the overall sustainability profile and gain valuable usage data that can be used to incrementally improve the effectiveness over time. Caroma Smart Command is an ecosystem of smart faucets, showers, urinals, Invisi toilets and leak detection valves that allow building managers to monitor water usage in real time and take smarter decisions that reduce maintenance costs, while improving hygiene and uptime.
In total, there are 84 Caroma Smart Command touchless toilet panels in Market Lane, installed in each bathroom with Caroma Sanitaryware; 16 Caroma Smart Command urinals in the men’s bathrooms; 33 Caroma Smart Command touchless taps, optimized at 3.5 liters per minute in each bathroom; and 12 Caroma Smart Command smart showers, installed in the end-of-trip basement.
The luminaires were installed with clear objectives in mind focused on saving water and improving the tenant experience, namely:
- Reduce water consumption in bathrooms and give advice on how to improve
- Measure the tenant experience and improve it
- Provide a pathway to lower maintenance costs over the life of the building
So how did Caroma Smart Command compile?
Water efficiency was approached from two angles, the technical characteristics of the water-saving Caroma Smart Command luminaires (optimized fittings and shower pre-heating recovery) and the close monitoring of behavioral data and the education of tenants with water-saving behaviors (using more than half a flush, choosing urinals over toilets and shorter showers) As the building was only 30% occupied throughout study, Caroma Smart Command generated nearly 37 kL of water savings (5% of savings required for a half NABERS star improvement), as well as $132.50 in direct savings, 33 kg less carbon emissions. With consultation from leading independent engineering consultants in sustainable design solutions, Floth, these figures are expected to reach 486 kL of water savings, $1,750 in savings, 433 kg of carbon emissions and 67% water savings needed for a full occupancy half-star NABERS upgrade.
Perhaps one of the most valuable features is the ability to monitor the number of activations on each device and alert devices if they need maintenance. The number of activations is a key indicator of required maintenance, and by keeping track of which devices are used the most, building managers can undertake predictive maintenance, rather than waiting for something to break before fixing it. . This not only saves time and money, but also dramatically improves the tenant experience by ensuring appliances are in good working order most of the time.
Finally, the savings over the 15 year lifespan of Caroma Smart Command are truly telling. Life cycle savings for the fixtures are estimated to exceed $49,000, while potential predictive maintenance savings could exceed $388,000.
With savings like these, it’s easy to see why Caroma Smart Command is a smart choice from an efficiency, sustainability and financial perspective. But add to that the range’s sleek, modern aesthetic and the additional hygiene insights and behavioral benefits that the data enables, and it becomes clear that Caroma Smart Command truly is the complete package.