Building Energy Management Systems
Smart buildings don’t just happen. They are a result of intentional design, specific tools, intelligent integration, lots of detailed information, and a good amount of time. At their best, they adapt to changing conditions in real time to empower energy conservation, save energy, and enhance the overall performance of the building, improving the experiences of occupants and staff.
But for this to happen, disparate systems and technologies have to work in concert and with specific goals in mind. The right building energy management system software and services are essential to transform data from complex networks into actionable insights and allow smart buildings to reach their full potential.
Start With Planning
From the planning stage of any new building, the automation systems have to be chosen with an eye on integrations. A building automation systems contractor can help you put the right controls in place from the beginning, helping you avoid proprietary locks in your system and ensuring that all the data you want to see and control will be available to you. But smart capabilities aren’t just for new builds. Thoughtfully designed building energy management systems allow legacy buildings to meet modern standards and offer better occupant experiences.
Whether you are working with new construction or a retrofit project, open-protocol integration is invaluable. Systems built on open protocols allow you to assemble an overall system with a range of high-quality components that work seamlessly together.
Commercial building owners and managers will benefit from capitalizing on these simple cost savings opportunities. An expert analytics partner like Buildings IOT will help you deploy an energy-efficient and smart management system for your commercial buildings and obtain significant energy savings.
Integrating Your Systems
Todays’ buildings are an intricate mesh of equipment, sensors, and devices.
These can include:
- Mechanical systems
- Access control
- Cloud-based APIs for tenant experience apps
- Smart restroom sensors
- Advanced indoor air quality systems
- Occupancy systems
Chances are, these all work very well as independent systems. But siloed operations do not optimize efficiency for facility managers or their equipment.. That’s where the services of a master systems integrator (MSI) come in.
An MSI architects a system designed to meet each specific building’s energy needs and goals. They do this by breaking down the physical silos in which each individual component of your building operates and instead create a unified system that makes data from each sub-system available from a single pane of glass.
By connecting all systems with energy management system software, an MSI allows you to gain extraordinary insight into how a building functions. The huge amount of information that flows in from across the building tells a story—or, rather, it tells a million stories. The key is to see how all these stories fit together, to get full visibility into how tenants are using your building and how automation systems are responding to events and changes. An intelligent analytics platform draws the signal from the noise and can uncover new opportunities for reducing energy use, improving occupant comfort, and refining operations.
Data Analytics Turns Information Into Action
Analytics can be revealing. It can show how much temperatures rise when a lot of people use the conference room at 3:00 p.m. every day. It can describe how air quality deteriorates. It can detect when air handlers need to work harder as occupants crank up the AC.
All that information is great. But unless action comes from it, it doesn’t really matter, and it can be difficult to gain a broader understanding from multiple disparate sources of data.
That’s what a building data analytics platform for an integrated building can do. It goes beyond flat fault detection and simple diagnostics to generate dynamic, multi-layered insights that show you what is, where and even suggest some reasons as to why. A cutting-edge platform like onPoint Analytics offers significant capabilities.
Where and when is energy being used? Where is it being wasted? Are there patterns in surges? Are there areas or times where the system is being taxed? A building energy management system with intelligent analytics ensures you know the answers to these questions and have the insights you need to make pragmatic changes.
If you know where there is waste or where there are surges across your integrated systems, you implement strategic efficiency plans that flex your usage and prevent overwhelming the system. Many data analytics software enable you to make predictions, but the better the software, the more precise the insights and the better the predictions will be.
With a better understanding of how your building behaves, you can set more accurate parameters for alerts. This means complex issues can be addressed automatically whenever prudent while maintenance engineers are only used on pressing items requiring human intervention. This saves manpower, reduces human error, and makes your building more efficient.
Analytics with machine learning capabilities let systems anticipate needs. For example, a smart analytics platform can allow a system to ramp up to peak rather than respond to a surge after the fact. It provides the ability to anticipate needs so that tenants or engineers don’t have to manually intercede. In short, analytics lets a smart building run like a smart building.
Today, there are more opportunities than ever before
to capture data from equipment and devices. Advanced analytics
ensures that data is analyzed and made actionable
in ways that make sense for your building.
Improving Energy Usage Through Information and Action
Let’s think about the building mentioned above. Every day at 3:00 p.m., the marketing team packs into the west-facing conference room. It gets hot, people are sweating, Phil turns on the AC, the HVAC systems kick into high gear. There’s a surge, every day.
But with an integrated system connected to an analytics platform with machine learning, this becomes quickly predictable. Without any human intervention, the air conditioner starts to crank into gear before the temperature rises. Ventilation kicks in to improve air quality and protect health. The blinds lower themselves to prevent the sun from pouring into the room.
That’s how a well-architected building energy management system can work. There is no surge and no waste. The room is comfortable when people go in because the system predicted the change and made automatic, proactive adjustments. Now imagine this on floor after floor, room after room, day after day. Everywhere in your building, systems are working together to save energy by using it in the smartest, most efficient way possible.
A master systems integrator helps building engineers and builders select the equipment, devices, and sensors that make these processes work in a truly beneficial way. They can create an integrated network that streamlines communication into and out of the analytics platform. The right energy management systems and services allow continually automated processes to adapt over time, and provide increasing efficiency without sacrificing occupant comfort.
A Better Building Energy Management System
Buildings IOT takes a holistic look at your building needs and provides a fully integrated solution to help you achieve your goals. Our state-of-the-art energy management software and services help buildings work as a cohesive, flexible ecosystem while giving you extraordinary insight into each component. With a mobile-friendly, customer-oriented information platform, we make it easy to see the big picture and all the details, giving building management teams the ability to focus their efforts and let automation work to its fullest potential.
To learn more about Buildings IOT’s energy management systems and services, contact our integration and analytics experts.