Building Management

30%? 8%? What do these numbers mean for energy efficient buildings?

Technology moves so fast sometimes that you may not be aware of the innovative software tools that can transform the way your energy system is managed and maintained. Let’s look at the numbers demonstrating why energy management should be a concern for organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies.

30%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This number represents the total amount of operational costs spent on energy alone for organizations worldwide.

8%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This figure represents the per-year energy losses organizations face without an effective power monitoring system in place.

These numbers speak for themselves. Electricity costs are often the largest uncontrolled expense in tertiary and industrial buildings. But, by using software that provides electricity consumption reporting and other analysis of utilities by function, time of day, or billing period, organizations can identify areas of energy waste and improve energy usage patterns.

Also, consider the fact that building occupants need to be comfortable. A well-lighted office space with controlled temperatures is critical to maintaining – and improving – productivity. How much energy control do you have? Can you keep people inside your facility comfortable, without spending too much money on energy?

According to Pike Research, building energy management systems (BEMS) make it easier to design and maintain high performance buildings. In Europe, the ISO 50001 energy management standard is being adopted at faster rates than ever before. And, this is driving investment in BEMS and other technologies to meet regulations.

A key component of any power monitoring and energy efficiency strategy is technology such as the SmartStruxure solution from Schneider Electric. Building energy management software needs to deliver the intelligence necessary to get the most out of energy management. But, it also must be flexible so that the costs of upgrading your lighting infrastructure, cooling systems, and other energy equipment are minimized. This way, you can scale to meet your growing portfolio – anywhere from a single building to thousands of buildings.

With better energy management you not only save energy costs, but also increase energy efficiency, improve energy system reliability and availability, and maximize the performance of your electrical assets. Combined with best practice energy management strategies as suggested by energy efficiency experts, any building manager and facility manager can optimize energy usage.  

The pressures placed by fluctuating energy prices, environmental regulations, and green sustainability issues can be a thing of the past with a comprehensive strategy that includes technology, processes, and people.

What are you energy management improvement plans?

 


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