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
When was the last time you performed a diagnostic check on your Energy Management System (EMS)? Have the complaints about heating, cooling or ventilation increased? Are they manageable? Can you see HVAC and lighting schedules and usage on one user-friendly dashboard?
Many buildings use EMS technology created in the 1990s or early 2000s. This limits building management and automation capabilities, exposes your business to avoidable cyber security risks, and frustrates building occupants. You don't have to deal with lackluster EMS performance when cost-effective, smarter solutions are available.
What makes smart lighting so easy? The installation is a breeze compared to some other smart building retrofits, and literally no one needs to flip a switch once it is implemented. Commercial smart lighting solutions for interior, exterior, parking lots and signage can be entirely automated and controlled wirelessly via the Internet.
You should love the temperature, lighting and air quality controls in your restaurant. Your building management system (BMS) should be proactive or at least responsive to changing weather conditions. But is it? Do you love it?
Tina Turner sings that "Love is but a sweet old fashioned notion. What's love got to do with it? Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?"
If your BMS and your employees are your heart, and "weather" stands in for "love," we assure you that weather has a heck of a lot to do with your restaurant's operational costs. The best BMS will set its tune to the weather, and you should be able to love it!
Relamping or an LED lighting retrofit of your restaurant or commercial building is a useful way to reduce overall energy consumption. It's likely that there are lighting efficiency rebates available through your utility, but the project financing will still require scrutiny.