Aberdeen Standard Investments Partners on Energy Efficiency and Wellbeing Pilot

Aberdeen Standard Investments has partnered with KJ Tait Engineers to trial Ecopilot at One Trinity Gardens in Newcastle. In addition to enabling energy and carbon savings, the pilot project has identified opportunities to improve the working environment for occupiers, connecting various building systems so they work collaboratively together and making greater use of the building’s thermal storage capability. Building on this success, the team is now progressing opportunities for wider rollout.

The Assignment:

Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) is dialling up integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) into real estate management through its bespoke ESG Impact Dial. This focuses on four forces that ASI believes are affecting global real estate investment, including changing environment and climate. KJ Tait Engineers provides mechanical and electrical building services for several ASI buildings. To support ESG goals, ASI and KJ Tait agreed to trial Ecopilot at One Trinity Gardens in Newcastle.


Aberdeen Standard


One Trinity Gardens



Installation year


Building Framework

Brick/Glass Atrium

Type of Building

14,500m², Multi-let Office Building


£68,943 Commercial savings for 12 months
710,000 kWh’s in 12 months

Carbon reduction

166.5 tonnes CO2/year


Ecopilot’s initial assessment guaranteed an ROI of 1.8 years or less. The results confirmed that the payback on ASI’s investment was less than 12 months…and the savings keep coming!


Electricity Consumption


Gas Consumption


Reduction CO2 tonnes/year


Ecopilot was developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. It coordinates how heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling (HVAC) systems work together, taking into account the building’s thermal storage capacity, along with indoor temperatures and air quality. It also imports local weather forecast data, including sunshine hours, temperatures, wind speed and wind direction. This data is used to optimise how the connected HVAC systems operate for efficiency and comfort, looking up to five days ahead.

Client’s Perspective:

“At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we are committed to help tackling climate change – for our clients, shareholders and the generations to come. We recognise that buildings, by their nature, have a direct impact on the environment – from the carbon footprint of bricks, concrete and steel, to energy use in operations. We welcome the success of the Ecopilot trial in increasing efficiency and improving the working environment. We look forward to further progress in these important areas.”

Dan Grandage - Head of ESG Real Estate at Aberdeen Standard Investment

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