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Top Energy Conservation Techniques in Buildings

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Rebecca Butler

Commercial buildings account for about 35% of all electricity consumed in the United States, and about 30% of the energy used is wasted. That means there is enormous untapped potential for savings. Exploring the latest energy conservation techniques in buildings can help you discover the best ways to harness that potential and reap the benefits of improved efficiency in your Building Energy Management programs.

Smart Energy Conservation Techniques in Buildings

Energy has always been a significant expense in commercial buildings, and improving efficiency has long been an important way to keep costs in check. But new challenges are making energy conservation more important than ever before. Extreme temperatures and weather events brought about by climate change have caused a significant increase in utility costs. Efficiency regulations are becoming increasingly stringent. Commercial tenants are prioritizing green properties.

These energy conservation techniques in buildings can transform your property into an efficient, environmentally-friendly asset and help reduce total annual electricity consumption:


Make Your Building Smart

Many building owners and facility managers seek to boost efficiency by investing in more efficient equipment. While that can be a good start, smart technology is the key to optimizing efficiency, whether your equipment is legacy or the latest model. But making your building smart doesn’t just mean adding a few smart thermostats. It begins with unifying building systems, strategically adding IoT devices such as energy conservation devices, and integrating an intelligent building management platform (IBMP) that turns building data into insight and action.

Automate Intelligently

One of the greatest benefits of smart technology is its ability to drive intelligent automation. With the right tech stack, you can automate energy-intensive systems according to a range of variables and implement demand-based strategies to optimize efficiency. For example, HVAC functions and lighting systems can be adjusted according to actual or anticipated occupancy, time of day, current or forecasted weather conditions, or peak demand times. An advanced IBMP makes intelligent automation simple and uses machine learning algorithms to improve performance over time.

One of the key advantages of intelligent automation is that it allows you to improve efficiency—often dramatically—without compromising occupant comfort or convenience. Instead, the building becomes more responsive to user needs while simultaneously reducing unnecessary energy consumption.

Implement Predictive Maintenance

Even small performance losses can result in significant energy waste, and major malfunctions can cause utility bills to skyrocket. But following an arbitrary maintenance schedule is not enough to ensure that building equipment is performing correctly or efficiently. An IBMP with advanced fault detection and diagnostics features allows you to take a better approach: predictive maintenance. With predictive maintenance, malfunctions and inefficiencies can be prevented in the earliest stages—or even before they start.

Commission Continuously

Continuous building commissioning makes energy management dynamic. By commissioning on an ongoing basis, you can gain the insight you need to make better decisions and ensure your efficiency strategy is on track.

Implementing these energy conservation techniques in buildings is a powerful way to make a real difference.

onPoint: An IBMP for the Future

Smart technology makes it possible to improve energy efficiency like never before. But your ability to implement these energy conservation techniques in buildings largely depends on the capabilities of your IBMP.

onPoint is an industry-leading IBMP that unlocks the full potential of building data. With onPoint, you gain the control, insight, and functionality you need to optimize efficiency while improving operations and supporting better occupant experiences.

onPoint: A Use Case

In February 2022, a series of powerful winter storms hit Texas, sending energy consumption skyrocketing. Buildings IOT worked closely with the energy manager of a large chain of shopping centers to manage energy consumption during this period of exceptional demand.

We used onPoint to identify areas of inefficient consumption and recommended adjustments to reduce energy use. We also charted power consumption to identify patterns and identify outliers that did not return to normal levels after the storms had passed. 

The result: The customer was able to control costs in a time of extreme demand and take quick corrective action to improve efficiency going forward. 

Your building data is an extraordinary asset. onPoint ensures you make the most of it.

Ready to learn more about how you can significantly reduce your energy bills with the right energy efficiency and savings solutions? Download the Building Energy Management Whitepaper.

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