According to the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), artificial lights are responsible for almost 17% of the energy consumed in a commercial building and can be even higher depending on usage. However, saving on the energy consumed by your lighting system is also easily achievable.
Lighting in commercial buildings can significantly impact the "triple bottom line," improving the planet's sustainability through energy efficiency and boosting organizational profitability. Though, most importantly, lighting can improve the wellbeing of the people who occupy the space. The WELL Building standard includes lighting as one of seven core concepts of health. LED lighting projects have been a popular building improvement in recent years, for energy efficiency returns alone. Did you know that advanced lighting controls and automation can add efficiency and health benefits to lighting programs?
Every day I talk with facility heads and facility managers from different companies. We talk about their plans and aspirations for their facilities. We talk about bottlenecks in achieving these goals and the possible resolutions. We talk about making the shift from investment-laden facility management to contributing to the company's bottom line.
One topic that comes up over and over again with most of these facility managers is 'building a work environment that makes employees productive and healthy.
With rapid advances in technology, buildings are no longer perceived merely as brick and mortar. Organizations are beginning to rethink the role facilities play in achieving their sustainability goals, optimizing their workforce productivity and improving employee health.
Modern buildings can gather millions of data points that capture real-time information about occupancy, temperature, humidity, and air quality among many other measures. Intelligent data analytics empower these buildings to make occupants more comfortable and productive at the lowest cost, while managing energy and operations more efficiently.
But that's just part of the story. By applying the right set of tools, we can pull powerful insights from the vast amount of data garnered from a building. We can see patterns, we can build a model, and we can predict. We can make your building management predictive and proactive!
Building technology is advancing quicker than ever, and landlords are facing difficult issues regarding how they will invest to attract and retain commercial tenants over the next decade. In reality, the next five years are crucial, especially if you're hoping to land large corporate tenants or innovative organizations.
A building automation system (BAS) can be capitalized upon in just about any building, including retail stores, restaurants, commercial real estate, industrial buildings and warehouses. Proactive, automated building management is enabled by predictive technologies that provide the capabilities of remote scheduling, monitoring, and control of building equipment and lighting.
"...The building as a whole will perform most efficiently if all the building systems are controlled as a part of an integrated system. ...Well-designed control systems can increase building efficiency up to 30% without the need to upgrade existing appliances." — U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 2015 Assessment of Energy Technologies and Research Opportunities