Community Engagement

So much energy technology is focussed on delivering the hardware, software and systems that often the “soft” requirements (those which address the human occupants) aren't given enough attention. VRT recognise that an important part of any complete energy strategy involves considering how the people living or working in that environment form part of the solution.

Visitor Information Systems

Modern buildings are increasingly taking advantage of digital signage to inform and engage with visitors to the facility. This can range from fully interactive kiosks, through to passive lift & foyer displays and video walls, providing a range of information to building visitors and occupants:







  • Surrounding facilities and attractions

  • Route/path finding (locating internal points of interest, emergency egress)

  • Public travel information & timetables

  • News, weather & social media feeds

  • Entertainment, advertising

  • Sustainability information – energy consumption, waste, building performance

While some of this is related to general information, entertainment and corporate image building, the energy and sustainability implications are not insignificant. Provision of pertinent travel information to assist in route planning and journey timing (with public transit information feeds) can encourage increased use of public transport. Some regulatory frameworks actually consider the environmental footprint of a building with travel impacts included, and so in some cases this can lead to the acquisition of additional credits. Studies suggest that people that feel they are being measured or observed actually change their behaviour (the Hawthorne Effect), and this can be taken further with the concept of “gamification” – introducing competitive elements between regions, offices, floors or tenancies to actively minimise inefficiency and waste.

VRT is able to offer a range of visitor engagement solutions, depending on your requirements:

  • Clean, simple, elegant web dashboards to communicate building performance. These are the most cost effective to implement, and can be tailored to suit your corporate image. They generally consist of a slideshow type display that includes a mix of images, energy performance dashboards and basic information feeds (weather, travel, news etc.)






  • Engaging 3D visualisations that can overlay live building performance and other information on 3D renderings of the building and its environment. These are ideally suited to situations where the owner wants a rich and often interactive display. These are highly customised and suitable for deployment on touch kiosks.