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.
The smartest commercial thermostat has hit the market. The 75F® Smart Stat™ Zone Controller supports the new WELL building standard with immediate data insights for temperature, humidity, CO2, VOCs, light, sound and occupancy from built-in sensors. Each Smart Stat also has a unique radial touch user interface and includes 75F’s cloud-based wireless building automation platform for HVAC, Indoor Air Quality, lighting and energy management to achieve energy savings in the 30-50% range in commercial buildings.
Our friends at the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) outdid themselves this year at the 2018 Minnesota Energy Expo, hosted at the Radisson Blu in Bloomington, Minnesota. Programming spanned three rooms with 13 presentations, including the keynote speaker, ASHRAE National President, Sheila Hayter, plus energy project deployment stories, projections about the future of energy and building automation.
So find a cozy seat and enjoy some of our key takeaways from the 2018 ASHRAE Minnesota Energy Expo!
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.
This year was 75F's first trip to the League of Minnesota Cities Conference. And, the City of Saint Cloud and the League of Minnesota Cities did not disappoint! Attendees were excited, exhibitors were at the ready with impressive booth displays, and the decor sent you up north with a cozy, cabin feel. What else could you ask for from a Minnesota-centric conference?!
As the conference began, attendees settled in with a pre-conference workshop and dove right into the juicy (lucy) training all had traveled far and wide to attend. The 75F team began with the City Sustainability Meet-Up in the Alexander Room.