75F’s second session in the Healthier Buildings webcast series covers the energy efficiency implications of COVID-19 indoor mitigation strategies and offers viewers guidance on saving energy where possible under these extreme conditions.
Legacy Companies, Inc. is the Twin Cities' leader in commercial mechanical contracting, and has been the service contractor for HOM Furniture for the last few decades. When HOM Furniture was interested in boosting their energy efficiency and came across the 75F product line, Legacy was the go-to to install the system.
As a facility manager, your job is to keep your buildings operating smoothly. In reality, that can feel like a game of whack-a-mole (while a fire alarm is going off, and the basement is flooding). There's only so much you can get done in a day – and when it comes to making upgrades, the last thing you want is another piece of equipment to keep an eye on.
That's why we designed the 75F system specifically with facility managers in mind. We wanted a system with a dashboard view of building performance that could change the way you interact with buildings and reduce the time you spend driving and checking facilities every week. Our reporting tools provide insight into energy anomalies that would previously go un-detected – putting out fires before they begin. Quarterly health check-ins make it easy to coordinate with mechanical contractors, as well.
HOM Furniture is one of the nation's largest furniture retailers serving customers in the upper Midwest, with an average store size of 100,000+ square feet. Since 2010, they have been tracking their utility and energy performance data with EnergyPrint's Utility Dashboard – a cloud-based energy management software – to better understand their energy usage.
With energy as one of HOM Furniture's top 3 operating expenses – costing them over $227,000 annually – they were looking for a more cost-effective solution to increase energy efficiency across their portfolio of retail stores. Watch the video to learn what HOM Furniture's Real Estate Manager, John Pierce, loves most about 75F Outside Air Optimization package...you know, besides the $18,400+ in electricity savings!
According to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), commercial buildings consume 70% of US electricity. The US Department of Energy has also found that commercial buildings waste 30% of the energy they consume. This presents a huge opportunity for Facility Managers to take advantage of smart building efficiency measures to save energy. Seeing as lighting and HVAC accounts for roughly 40-60% of a commercial building's utility costs, it makes sense as a starting point for energy savings.
When asked why they haven't invested in smart building automation systems (BAS), many people zone in on the ROI timeframe based upon energy savings, questioning whether the energy payback period is short enough to justify the upfront investment for their commercial buildings. The energy payback equation really is quite simple. And, new intelligent building automation systems can offer payback in as little as 1 year. Though, a focus solely on energy savings leaves out smart building returns that can be 10x to 100x higher, further shortening the BAS ROI timeframe.
Traditional building automation and controls systems are complex and expensive to implement and manage, creating a barrier to adoption for some businesses. So, only about 15% of commercial buildings have smart controls. Newer, born-in-the-cloud building controls solutions like 75F offer an affordable option and shorten the energy payback period, as a result of the lower initial Capital Expenditure (CapEx) investment, in addition to several ongoing Operating Expense (OpEx) savings. In some cases building automation systems deliver a return on your investment in as little as a year on energy savings alone, before factoring the other operational efficiencies and occupant experience value.