By combining building automation systems with a smart building management system, a commercial property owner can monitor hundreds of properties at once and fine-tune building performance.
College and university campus buildings have a lot going on—classes, research, dining, and sleeping. Building automation systems must be carefully specified to control the systems within these buildings.
As the U.S. green building movement enters its third decade, the market has reached a tipping point.
The 2013 global Energy Efficiency Indicator [PDF] research study of 3,000 facility management executives indicates that only 5 percent had certified a green building before 2012. Yet 29 percent plan to certify a least one facility in 2013.
Hospital and health care facility projects are especially important due to their sensitive nature. Engineers chime in on building automation systems (BAS), building management systems (BMS), and controls.
GreenTech Media recently reported on a study showing that intelligent LED technology can result in significant savings in industrial facilities. California’s PG&E, the state’s largest utility, took a detailed look at a networked LED system installed by Digital Lumens at an Ace Hardware warehouse.
Most buildings in the U.S. don’t perform as energy-efficiently as they could simply because energy-using equipment in the building have never been set up to maximize energy performance. Thermostat setpoints are too low or too high, so rooftop units (RTUs) cool buildings down below recommended temperatures, or keep them too warm (or both).
Recently, communication between utilities and their customers mostly revolved around charges listed on customers’ monthly bills. Engaging customers across entire service territories was challenging and limited in its perceived value. Catalyzed partly by technological advancements in the smart grid and broader digital economy, however, customers across the nation recently have come to expect increasingly better service and proactive engagement from their utilities.