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Commercial buildings account for nearly half of total energy consumption in the U.S. at a cost of more than $300 billion per year. Much of that energy is wasted through inefficiencies, resulting in significant and unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. The energy waste also translates to higher electricity bills that can be avoided by adopting a strategic Building Energy Management approach.
A building energy management system (BEMS) is a powerful tool for real-time monitoring and integrated control of a wide range of energy-related systems. A well-architected building energy management system for energy control brings sustainability, performance, comfort, and cost savings to the next level.
Since their introduction in the 1960s, BEMSs have undergone rapid developments. Today, BEMSs are increasingly considered essential for efficiency-focused facility management. This is reflected in the rapidly growing size of the global BEMS market, which is projected to reach worth $12.72 US billion by 2025—more than double its 2018 value.
A BEMS encompasses an integrated network of equipment and sensors along with a smart building management platform that monitors and controls energy-related building services. With the right components, this system provides deep insight to help stakeholders understand energy consumption and opportunities for optimization in a building, including those related to HVAC, lighting, hot water, electrical supply and distribution, and vertical transportation.
A smart building energy management system for energy control has significant advantages:
Optimize Energy EfficiencyReduce energy consumption and associated costs.
Develop Demand Response SolutionsImplement demand response solutions.
Improve Occupant ComfortMonitor and control temperature, humidity, air quality, and lighting to improve comfort.
Despite the enormous potential of BEMSs, conventional BEMSs have shortcomings. These include:
A comprehensive smart building management platform with energy automation services allows a BEMS to overcome these challenges.
Deploying a building energy management system for energy control typically begins with a consultant reviewing the building and creating a plan to address efficiency challenges. The plan may involve changing controls sequences, bringing in controls contractors, and/or commission reprogramming.
This approach is expensive, difficult, and doesn't last. The solutions may be appropriate for the challenges present at the moment of consultation, but they may no longer be relevant as building conditions, needs, and goals change. In fact, the typical retro-commissioning lifespan is just 1-2 years, and savings can be lost even faster. Even a simple manual temperature adjustment by an uncomfortable tenant can quickly erase efficiency gains.
But there is a better way.
onPoint is a cloud-based smart building management platform that gives you extraordinary insight into building performance and conditions. With onPoint as the heart of your building energy management system for energy control, you gain powerful new capabilities that transform the way your building functions.
Key features that facilitate effective energy management include:
With onPoint, facility managers can not only identify equipment contributing to higher energy consumption, but also resolve the issue and optimize efficiency. By providing real-time, accurate data on equipment performance, energy demand, and others, and reporting on changes that affect optimization, onPoint allows for dynamic planning and implementation of building energy management for energy control.
Ready to see how onPoint can support an effective building energy management strategy? Watch this 5-minute demo video to learn more!
Jon Schoenfeld, PE is Buildings IOT's Director of Energy & Analytics. He's been developing advanced algorithms for building automation applications for more than a decade and he applies his tremendous building expertise as he oversees the team of building scientists creating the onPoint platform.
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