Australasia joins $1.5 billion surge towards revolving doors to enhance energy sustainability and security

Boon Edam Tourniket (pictured), Tournex, Tourlock, Duotour, and Circleslide entrance doors are used in 27 countries to enhance entrance presentation, energy efficiency, and protect against increasingly wild weather with climate change.

Australia and New Zealand are joining a worldwide trend that is expected to see sales of revolving doors globally expand to more than $A1.5 billion ($NZ 1.6 billion) by 2028, in response to climate change, energy efficiency and integrated security needs.

“These doors are energy-efficient and help reduce the loss of heating or cooling of the buildings,” says the global Research and Markets organisation, which serves 30,000 companies worldwide. “Further, a rise in spending across APAC (Asia-Pacific) countries for maintaining security in office premises across the commercial, industrial, and government sectors is driving the adoption of advanced revolving doors,” it says in a report this month.

Boon Edam Australia Managing Director Michael Fisher says both energy efficiency and integrated automated security capabilities are definitely helping to drive uptake of the doors in Australia and New Zealand.

“Architectural revolving doors’ robust and weathertight construction – plus their always open, always closed operating principle – means they respond naturally to the wild weather challenges of climate change. And they are also naturally energy- efficient, retaining expensive cooled or heated air, which is important when HVAC costs comprise a major part of a typical commercial, industrial, and social infrastructure building’s operating costs,” says Mr Fisher, who leads the local arm of the global Royal Boon Edam organisation, which is an industry leader in 27 countries.

Boon Edam specialises in architectural revolving doors and security speed gate systems designed to enhance overall security while reducing the need to have expensive manned security on every entrance.

Facial recognition technology built into Boon Edam speed gate entrances, which can be integrated with the automated operation of revolving doors.

The Research and Markets reports says the rise in construction of high-tech airports, cinema halls, grand hotels, shopping malls, and others is expected to influence the revolving doors market growth during the forecast period.

“A rapid rise in construction activities and an increase in the adoption of door automation are propelling the growth of revolving doors’ market size. These doors support secure, easy, fast, and accurate operations. The rising implementation of automatic doors in commercial and industrial spaces, and growing awareness about new and developing technologies are expected to offer ample opportunities for the revolving doors market growth.”

Strong growth is also expected in areas where there are concentrations of data centres, says the report. “North America led the revolving doors market in 2020, majorly due to presence of a large of number of data centres. Companies such as CenturyLink, Digital Realty Trust, L.P., Equinix Inc., and AT&T, Inc. are among the leading data centre colocation players in North America, and they are expanding at an exponential rate.”

Key Industry Dynamics identified by the Research and Market organisation include:

  • Rising Adoption of Doors’ Automation in Commercial and Industrial Spaces
  • Increasing Infrastructure Spending and Rapid Urbanization in Emerging Economies
  • Adoption of Green Building Standards and Energy Efficient Products
  • The future Emerging Trend of Integrated Security for Intelligent Buildings

Michael Fisher says energy-savers such as architectural revolving doors (which also exclude natural health hazards and man-made pollutants) are now achieving some of the recognition in Australasia they have long enjoyed overseas as a front line of defence against energy losses, health threats and pollution.

Mr Fisher says many architects his company collaborates with have known about the energy and other advantages of revolving doors for years, including their inherent functioning as airlocks, which allow smooth pedestrian flow while saving money on heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. On warmer days, they keep cool air in, reducing air conditioning costs. In cooler times, they keep cold air out, thereby reducing heating costs.

“But clients in the past have often gone for cheaper options when energy was cheaper and sustainability targets were lower. Now the tide is turning, with the global and local surge of interest in environmental and sustainability objectives.”

“Architects and builders now are doing some real ROI comparisons that consider the comfort and sustainability objectives of the spaces they create. It is no longer a question of ‘What is the cheapest door up front’, but rather ‘How can we create a healthy, secure, comfortable environment that meets our duty of care to occupants and visitors’”.

“Employers have a responsibility towards the health of their employees, and this includes workplace safety, as well as good hygiene and air quality practices,” says Mr Fisher.

In response to the surge in interest in clean, green buildings, Boon Edam has introduced extensive ranges of its HVAC-conserving doors to the Australasian market, including its Tourniket, Tournex, Tourlock, Duotour, and Circleslide doors, which can also be integrated with Boon Edam security entrances, to combat another hazard of modern times: entrance of unauthorised people into a facility – whether if may be a disgruntled person intention on managing data centre records, or a non-vaccinated person attempting to enter hospitals or age care facilities screening against Covid.