Toronto High-Rise Using Cloud Services For Data Analytics

Toronto-based Menkes Developments Ltd. is working with Honeywell to help trim energy and operational costs at the firm’s 25 York Street property, also known as Telus Tower. Opened in 2010, 25 York Street is a 30-story commercial facility and a prominent fixture on the Toronto skyline. It is also a “smart building”, featuring connected systems designed and delivered by Honeywell. To identify new opportunities to improve efficiency and the environment for occupants, Honeywell will now provide cloud-based services that analyze facility performance data and turn it into actionable recommendations.

“We are committed to pushing the boundaries of smart buildings, identifying new methods to leverage connectivity and improve our facilities,” said Sonya Buikema, vice president, commercial property management, Menkes. “Honeywell’s technology and services complement our philosophy, and expand the ways in which we’re able to drive performance and better serve our customers.”

25 York Street, Toronto (also known as Telus Tower)
25 York Street, Toronto (also known as Telus Tower)

“Even the most advanced facilities will experience a gradual decrease in performance over time, and it can be difficult to identify and address those issues before they negatively impact the bottom line,” said John Rajchert, president of Honeywell Building Solutions.

As part of the project, Honeywell will deploy its Attune Services, which include software that connects buildings to advanced analytics, and a global network of energy and facility experts to optimize operations. Attune will help building managers sift through complex data from building automation systems to pinpoint potential improvements, and develop action plans to enhance energy and operational efficiency.

The project also includes the addition of the U.S. Green Building Council’s USGBC LEED Dynamic Plaque, a monitoring tool that will display the facility’s current performance in energy, water, waste, occupant transportation, and human experience. The plaque will help 25 York Street to maintain its LEED Platinum certification. It will be the first plaque in Canada, and Honeywell will complete the installation with the support of USGBC and the Canada Green Building Council.

Attune and the LEED Dynamic Plaque will be implemented at 25 York Street by summer 2015. Both tools will supplement the integrated technology from Honeywell that currently powers the facility, which includes heating, cooling, lighting, security, and safety systems.