Sustainability, efficiency and cost saving are not obligatory

Rede des Herrn Karl-Horst Hönscheidt, Direktor der Siemens AG  auf der UNESCO CUBES Konferenz in New York , USA am 30.10.2003  : Dear ladies and gentlemen, we are honored to be invited and to have the chance to give you a short outline of our concept and experiences from the viewpoint of a private company.

Wendelin Friedel, Commissioner of the Environment Department of the City of Frankfurt showed us briefly on this conference, how the city the municipality – interacts and cooperates, among others, with us, for the realization of low energy buildings and high efficient energy supply. He outlined aspects in a sustainable way, by new means of public – private partnerships. We think that will be interesting for many other cities. Please do not hesitate to address and contact us Mr. Friedel and Mr. von Nessler give us a sign – yes – we are a whole team here. Thank you.

Totally Integrated Power (TIP) by Siemens started in Frankfurt, with public and private stakeholders, a new offensive for innovative and integrated planning and sustainable constructing to point out, that sustainability, efficiency and cost saving are not obligatory contrasts.
Round about one third of energy used in Germany is needed for heating and cooling in buildings. The process of planning does not yet consider energy efficiency and sustainability.
Splitted responsibilities, rigid structures in organization, disciplinary boundaries between architect, technical planner and general contractor as well as an antiquated orientation on small units are in opposition to the aim of sustainability.

Even the electrical power outages happening recently in different parts of the world can be seen as an example and chance for such interdisciplinary acting during planning and also in operation. We have developed a system to avoid these outrages and at the same time cuts investment costs, system costs and also lifecycle costs.

The panel TIP Dialog has been initiated by ip-building, in cooperation with The Urban Energy Planning Department in Frankfurt am Main and the sponsor, the TIP Team of Siemens locally in Frankfurt, – as a communication platform for different disciplines in the field constructing and urban development.
Investors, architects, users, industry, public authorities and universities present their success stories with an focus on the interdependencies of their concepts and projects.
Here we have a more systemic approach, as opposed to the analytical one, so much more favored by our own engineering profession.
Our views include the conception of systems. At the beginning often vague and ambiguous, this conception helps us, because of its ability to unify and integrate.

This broader approach means exploring how best to utilise partnership and joint action with different stakeholders at an very early stage of a planning process for buildings and urban sites.
Architects, for example, present projects with special demands.
Investors and users state their points of view, leading to the same targets as the Urban Energy Planning.

For the first panel, held in February 2003, Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker gave the greeting, based on his book Faktor 4 that shows the necessity in an efficient use of resources – means energy.
The greeting for our second panel was given by Ms Petra Roth, mayor of Frankfurt am Main and also president of Association of German Cities and Towns:
Between those manifold aims like sustainability, efficiency, Eco friendliness and usability – it is always necessary to optimize and to adjust. The TIP panel starts exactly at the right spot. It gives room for communication which is often disregarded in daily planning routine, she stated. Integrated planning that means a raise on return on invest for the investor and additional cost saving with additional guarantied quality due to the use of matching and mainly corresponding components.
Integrated planning includes new technologies already in a concept phase and allows to optimize planning effort.

During construction total costs for procurement, installation and start up will be cut. The user in the end benefits due to lower operational costs in spite of higher flexibility for changing demands.
This kind of communication and learning from each other enables all participants to expand and also enhance their information and knowledge in favor of everybodys success in accomplishing the common aim.
We as TIP Team by Siemens could find new cooperation partners, all working in a similar direction and strategy: having access to the infrastructure market.

The common ambition leads to synergies and allows an optimized and focused acting that will show sustainability, efficiency, eco friendliness and cost savings not being obligatory contrasts.

Thank you.