Intelligent buildings

Ingenuity that makes buildings better

Museums are valuable public treasures. They are record keepers, focal points for education and research, and guardians of cultural identity. Precisely because they need to be accessible and affordable for everyone, museums must also be optimally run in terms of their energy and maintenance costs.

Melbourne Museum
The 80,000-square-metre Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum, the Immigration Museum, Scienceworks and the Royal Exhibition Building are all part of Museums Victoria – Australia’s largest public museums organisation. Together, they contain some 17 million objects, documents, photographs and specimens. Around 2.5 million visitors walk through their doors every year.

Buildings in general are big energy consumers. Museums, however, often have their own unique energy needs and challenges. Among the Museums Victoria exhibits, for example, are fossils that are millions of years old, and delicate rare books and documents that must be kept under strict climate-controlled conditions.

As part of the Victorian Government’s Greener Government Buildings Program, Museums Victoria searched for an energy-efficiency partner and turned to Siemens – the global leaders in intelligent building technology. The Desigo CC Building Management System in the Melbourne Museum, for example, ensures that electrical systems are switched on only when and where they need to be. In the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building, 400 incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs have been replaced with low-energy LED light fittings.

Across all four museums (and two storage facilities), the HVAC, lighting and water efficiency improvement measures performed by Siemens significantly cut utility and maintenance costs, as well as reducing their carbon footprint by more than a third. These savings are expected to repay the costs of the $11 million project within seven years.

We all know that museums help us to learn from the past so we can work towards preserving the future.

Lynley Marshall, CEO Museums Victoria

Building Technologies

Creating perfect places

Life begins in the perfect place – so why shouldn’t all our lives be lived in perfect places? Perfectly designed for its purpose. A place to learn, a place to develop, a place to grow, a place to succeed. Building management systems from Siemens make Museums Victoria the perfect place to preserve Australia’s heritage.

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Towards total control

Navigator, the integrated, cloud-based platform used in the Melbourne Musuem, provides powerful analytical and reporting capabilities – providing visibility into the long-term performance of facilities and infrastructure.


An exhibition of intelligent technology

The energy and water efficiency retrofits proposed by Siemens offered the best outcomes for the customer. HVAC, lighting and water improvement measures were implemented over a 15-month period within an Energy Performance Contract financing framework.

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Key facts & figures

Energy saved each year by the upgrades could power 835 houses for a year or run the MCG light towers continuously for almost six years.

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