“With Salesforce, we’re making it easier and faster for organisations and society as a whole to achieve their sustainability goals.”
The company has developed a ground-breaking approach to making the world’s buildings greener using its FastLane approach, which is built on Salesforce. And there’s a lot to play for. Buildings are accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions, based on research by the International Energy Agency.
“With Salesforce, we’re cutting the time and cost of achieving a carbon-neutral future.”
Van Schijndel and his team are supplementing the FastLane solution with a bespoke mobile app, built on Heroku, which will automate the modelling process for building inspections. “Using the app, our energy transition scouts can go into the building, effectively source all the necessary information and create a virtual parametric model of the building,” explained van Schijndel. “We can then make advanced calculations to determine the energy needs of a building and model the best solutions.”
By replacing manual calculations – which currently have to be performed one at a time by engineers – with automated modelling, Royal HaskoningDHV can at the same time reduce time and increase quality while building up an intelligent database of deep domain knowledge.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are set to become a more prominent feature of FastLane too. In the future, the FastLane team plans to use Einstein to build in predictive capabilities. By crunching Royal HaskoningDHV’s growing mass of historical data, FastLane will be able to determine how the greatest efficiency savings could be delivered on, for instance, a €1 billion portfolio, even prior to inspection.