The built environment is dynamic, as occupancy fluctuates, seasons change, and key systems age, the consumption profile of the building is affected. Natural resource and environmental monitoring can provide building managers and owners an easy way to take the pulse of facility, and adapt in real-time to changing conditions.
Sometimes this means saving money by ensuring energy hogs like HVAC are running properly, or scheduled appropriately. It can also mean maintaining optimal comfort for building residents and occupants. Or it could be gaining piece of mind, knowing that critical areas like server rooms, or refrigeration units are the exact right temperature.
Room too hot, and room too cold are the most frequent complaints from building occupants to facilities staff. Uneven conditioning, hot and cool zones, and poor HVAC scheduling not only impacts people’s comfort, it affects productivity, and potentially wastes energy and money. Deploy wireless sensors throughout the building to identify trouble spots, verify scheduling, and overlay climate data with HVAC system energy consumption.
Protect important rooms and systems by easily and affordably monitoring them in real time. Server rooms, commercial kitchens, freezer and refrigeration units need precision temperature and humidity settings to preserve equipment lifespan, guarantee food safety, and prevent catastrophic loss from fire, or water leaks. Use wireless sensors to remotely monitor key systems, and receive alerts if environmental conditions fall outside safe zones.
Building Management Systems (BMS) can generate a lot of detailed data. But often the data is locked inside proprietary systems, that make it hard to gain a real-time view, expose insights to building occupants, and create immersive incentives by gamifying resource savings. Cloud-to-cloud or sub meter integration with Buddy Ohm helps gain maximum value out of an existing BMS investment, and also adds new capabilities that typically would require custom integration work or increased service agreements from BMS providers.
Educating and engaging building occupants to save natural resources can unlock huge energy reductions, improve morale, and boost the bottom line. In order to drive meaningful behavior change, collecting and communicating relevant and timely data is key. Buddy Ohm can isolate and monitor specific areas, floors, buildings and facilities. With this data, you can develop realistic energy reduction goals, and motivate action with performance incentives.
Gathering data for voluntary or mandatory building compliance reports like LEED and NABERS can often be a daunting and manual process. Buddy Ohm can help simplify the process by providing real-time and historical building energy usage. Data captured is available through an operations portal, and occupant facing dashboards that can provide instant compliance readings. Data is also exportable into CSV files for use in other data manipulation tools, or calculations in Excel.
Energy spend represents one of the most significant expenses for buildings large and small, and utility costs are only expected to continue rising. Organizations that can control and reduce the energy that is consumed in their buildings can save money and reduce their environmental impact. Use Buddy Ohm to baseline energy usage and then identify opportunities to save energy at a building, floor or system level.