Facilities and Property Managers are faced with managing, understanding, and operating a greater volume of
technology in their buildings, as the pressure increases for individual buildings to outperform their competition with improved sustainability. Competitors are striving for that edge which will garnish a higher rent or a “blue chip” tenant. Does integration with energy management systems mean more technology and more systems, with more computers in the building manager’s office? And more risk?
There is a greater number of vendors with a greater number of systems. There is a far more competitive marketplace which ensures greater value for your dollar, and a greater range of compatibility, open protocols and open systems. Technology manufactures develop easier methods for integration with energy management systems and building management systems to deliver meaningful results for the various systems and disciplines in the building.
Integration with Energy Management is not an expensive task and is the key to optimising existing and future technology in your building. Your Return On Investment needs to be within twelve months for optimum viability. the five year dead line, is too long, the landlord may sell, the economy may change and commercial real estate market definitely will change.
To define results as reducing manual data handling and making building management easier, effective and more proactive.
The return on investment is more than the energy bills reduction in cost, is the entire expenditure ledger, such as building management, wear and tear of major equipment, and benefits for tenants which improve retention
The key word here is ‘effective’.
Integration completed effectively and in consultation with the facilities manager can save time, money and a lot of stress over the long term.
Integration is only limited by our imagination in solving problems. To demonstrate, consider these few examples (all of these are considered for existing operational buildings).
Any Commercial Building, being of a reasonable size, will have a control system. Extending this existing system to include monitoring and control points with Energy management control diversity in the programming, will be the easiest and most logical method.
Consider the other external opportunities to create energy management strategies over and above the existing control.
A typical commercial Building will have a Building Management System installed to serve the HVAC mechanical services system. Consider other opportunities in your thinking:
Firstly, we need to identify potential savings via high energy consuming equipment. An energy audit , level 1 will assist with this.
Secondly, we need to measure the energy being consumed.
Last, we need to measure, and trend log the energy post the changes.
Don’t forget the Landlord.
We still need to keep the integration with energy management viable. The Landlord needs a return on investment. There is no point measuring energy consumption and doing little or nothing with the outcome.
There are three main opportunities to think about: