Is your building monitoring solution giving you the insights you need?

Written by April Wright

Monitoring your building’s energy use is an investigative process. Many building monitoring solutions have you install sensors that spit out thousands of packets of data every hour. But if those solutions don’t provide you with the means or mechanisms to answer the core questions about your building’s energy use, then the mass amount of data will leave you feeling a bit like a deer-in-the-headlights. Platforms and solutions that get it right don’t leave you hanging, but instead help you navigate your investigative process and provide answers to fundamental questions about your building’s energy use.

After much conversation and feedback from our existing Buddy Ohm customers, we’re excited to launch two new additions into our Ohm Portal experience that continue to push our brand promise of making every space smarter. With the addition of the Insights page and the Advanced Analytics page, you’ll be able to quickly answer core questions about your building’s energy use without spending days sifting through the data.

Here are the core questions that Buddy Ohm helps answer for you:

What is my building consuming?

What (or how much/little) your building is consuming is the first step in gaining a complete picture of your building’s energy use. Taking it a step further, translating the total kWh data into meaningful units—like cost or carbon impact—or comparing the total to previous days/weeks/months helps you quickly identify if there is a potential problem you should address.

When is my building consuming?

After you have an understanding of WHAT your building is consuming, you can move on to the WHEN. If you’re looking at the day, most buildings exhibit a bell curve (pictured below) that typically starts at the top of business hours (around 8/9am) and tapers off in the late afternoon/early evening. If your building doesn’t follow this pattern, you may want to investigate why and see if there are any changes you can make to your systems’ schedules.

Typically, you should also seek to minimize energy use during the evening hours when the average building is typically not occupied. Using our Day vs. Night insight card, you can gain a quick glance to see if you’re at least a 70/30 split.

Where is my building consuming?

What’s causing your energy use patterns? To answer this question, you need to look at where your building is consuming energy. With a full hardware and software solution like Buddy Ohm you can easily answer this question by sub-metering your building’s major systems to quickly understand where the big energy users are. We’ve even had customers use Buddy Ohm to build ROI to replace outdated and less efficient equipment in their buildings.

 Why is my building consuming?

The last question—and oftentimes the question most missed is WHY your building is consuming. Buildings are such an integral part of our life that we forget how much of an impact we have on them. Weather, building occupancy, outdated systems, etc., can all have an impact on how much and the patterns in which your building consumes energy. That’s why we’ve introduced insight cards and graphs to help you identify reasons why your building my be experiencing an increase in energy consumption.

Armed with the answers to the above questions building owners, operators and managers can make a big impact on how they manage and monitor their building’s energy use and achieve their energy reduction goals. Both the Insights page and the Advanced Analytics page help answer these core questions whether it’s by glance-and-go reassurance via the Insights page or by digging deep into a building or collection of buildings in the Advanced Analytics page.

Get started answering questions about what’s happening in your building with Buddy Ohm or talk to your Buddy Ohm Account Manager to understand how these new features can help you get more value out of your existing system.

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