Commercial buildings account for 36% of all U.S. electricity consumption and cost more than $190 billion in energy every year. A significant portion of that amount is wasted, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Up to 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is needlessly lost each year, thanks to inefficient systems and practices. This presents an opportunity for building owners to reap an enormous amount of operational cost savings. Using intelligent building technology that can analyze a building’s inefficiencies and correct them is a pro-active approach that can result in improved energy efficiency, reduced operating costs, and a better working environment.
Intelligent buildings feature three levels of integration. The first layer is physical integration at the infrastructure level. The next level uses a building management system to integrate the various building systems that control and manage operations within the structure, including HVAC, security, access control, elevators, fire alarm, and lighting systems. These systems are constantly generating an enormous amount of data, such as preventative maintenance, work order histories, and patterns of usage. The third level of integration goes beyond simply responding to alarm notifications, moving into the area of true asset management by examining patterns, correlating data from the various systems, and combining it with real-time data. The intelligent building system then uses building analytics and fault detection to identify operational issues that that are causing inefficiency and waste.
Building analytics uses cloud-based capabilities and advanced algorithms to continuously monitor and analyze real-time data and historical trending from building sensors, control systems and utility meters, which are automatically pulled from the building management system. Automated fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) identify building operational deficiencies and generate comprehensive customized reports that provide specific cost- and energy-saving opportunities. The opportunities are prioritized by their impact on energy use, cost savings and tenant comfort. Facility managers can use that information to optimize the systems’ performance, and perform and schedule needed maintenance and repair. By using these analytics to optimize the facility’s performance, managers can improve efficiency and reduce operating costs. Award programs such as LEED, Green Globes, and utility incentives also rely on the diagnostics to document performance measurement and verification (M&V).
Optimization takes the form of pro-active actions such as scheduling preventative maintenance based on a pattern of alarms, a set number of run hours, or changes in performance. Building analytics can also ensure operational improvements are maintained over time by providing remote monitoring services. Remote service bureaus can review faults, validate findings, and help customers prioritize corrective actions to boost operational and energy efficiencies. Miami building analytics and optimization provide the means to operate commercial buildings more efficiently, comfortably, and economically than ever before.
The industry leader in providing integrated building automation solutions in South Florida since 1987, Advanced Control Corporation is at the forefront of the emerging technologies and methods used in today’s advanced intelligent buildings. As intelligent building management systems evolve, we will continue to incorporate the latest technology to provide innovative building systems for all your building control needs. Whether you are managing a portfolio of buildings, or are seeking small building solutions, Advanced Control Corporation can provide you with a business solution tailored to your needs. Contact Advanced today at 954-491-6660 to find out how the latest intelligent building solutions can improve the energy efficiency of your facility.