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Dynamic Buildings Require Dynamic Solutions

Apr 12, 2017 12:25:27 PM

Traditional Energy Management Systems (EMS) have been around since the twentieth century. The issue with a traditional EMS is that the last substantial refresh was in about 2005, so it’s been over 10 years since new technology has been put to work. Since the twentieth century, technology has come a long way. The most significant technological advancement is likely the birth of cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Outdated technology: 2005 iPod, thermostat & flip phone

Here’s a question for you, do you still carry a flip phone? If not, there’s a reason you updated it, correct? Perhaps your old flip phone wasn’t capable of doing what you wanted it to. It didn’t have convenient GPS and it didn’t put the internet at your fingertips, right? Now take that same logic and apply it to buildings.

Predictive, proactive systems make buildings more energy efficient. Studies have shown you can get up to 70% reduction in utilities. These dynamic energy management solutions are smart enough to keep occupants more comfortable and productive. With an EMS, it’s left upon you to go back and determine what energy usage patterns are occurring in a building and then do the correlation across your building portfolio. Due to the technology that is now readily available, there’s no reason for these inefficiencies! Why use a high end excel spreadsheet when you can access technology that drives real change on its own? One example of this is 75F’s Dynamic Airflow Balancing solution, where by adding smart dampers to your air ducts, your building can redistribute air to the spaces that need it, and reduce the flow to areas that don’t.

Dynamic Airflow Balancing Smart Damper Installation

In essence, you can re-engineer poor mechanical engineering for your HVAC system. The cool thing about a predictive system, is the building does this on its own and learns as it goes, no spreadsheet reviewing required!

Smart buildings don’t just love big data, they thrive on it. With IoT and cloud computing, data points are collected, stored and analyzed in a meaningful timeframe. A predictive building automation system that leverages cloud based algorithms can log hundreds of variables every minute! For reference, a typical EMS only accounts for 15-20 control points, typically acquired within 10-15 minute segments and does not have the computing power to self-analyze. A dynamic building will factor in not only multiple air temperatures, but additional factors like humidity, carbon dioxide and your building’s geographical orientation. In a restaurant scenario, a dynamic solution can even help manage building pressure. The power of IoT and cloud computing enable smart building automation.

Big data shows monitored variable, collected and stored in dynamic, smart buildings with cloud computing.

One building or many, it’s important to see and understand how your buildings are behaving, whether you’re sitting in your office or vacationing in the Caribbean. A smart system enables you to see into your building or buildings from anywhere on the planet. Don’t have your computer with you? An iPhone or Android will also do the trick. Modern apps and secure portals enable you to get real time insight into your buildings, whenever and wherever you may be. Think how a snow storm can shut down an office or school. With a feature like global policy editor, you can tell all your buildings to stay in setback mode right from your kitchen table, using your tablet.

Smart phone and a PC.

It’s impossible to manage what you don’t measure. Predictive analytics are all about cutting down on the guessing game and providing you real insight to what’s working and what’s not. In a nut shell, it’s a rather simple idea consisting of sensing, analyzing and controlling your buildings.

Sense, Analyze & Control Your Building with Cloud Storage and IoT
If your buildings are simply reacting to a thermostat, in essence you are pushing a boulder up a hill. Maintenance is expensive and programmable thermostats are energy wasters. Ignoring necessary service calls can result in emergency visits, shorter equipment life and disruptive downtime, not to mention expensive repair and service bills. Ever initiate a service call that ended up addressing the wrong piece of equipment? Dynamic, smart building solutions provide insights that help alleviate that potential, leaving the building owner, facility manager or facility director feeling informed and in control. Simply stated, intelligent buildings solutions are more sustainable and can provide massive savings.qu

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Kristen Johnson

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