Do you remember, that counting to four is all you need to do to realise significant energy reductions in your buildings?
Last time we discussed how energy reduction makes sense, not just business sense but ecological, corporate and social responsibility sense. Also in an ever-changing employment landscape, it makes your business more attractive to work with for today’s generation of environmentally aware and socially conscious employees.
This is the second in the series of four in which we are taking a journey along our clear, simple and extremely effective four stage pathway designed to deliver superb energy savings and get your building energy consumption back under control, and keep it there.
We have an understanding from step one, “Audit”, of how our building is performing against industry benchmarks. We also have some good intelligence to support some further investigations but now we can take this much further. We can get the very heart of the building systems themselves and see just where the plant is performing poorly, and even where mechanical maintenance is required.
Analyse is the second stage of our energy pathway
A critical part of the process is getting to grips with and understanding the complex beasts that are your buildings and how one small issue has potentially enormous performance consequences. How do we spot this small issue in such a large system?
There are huge resources deployed to keep them running. Ultimately, the building’s performance relies on an orchestra of things all running in tune and in time in order to get to the overall optimal results. In this analogy, one instrument out of tune, to an untrained ear, would be missed, but to a conductor? Flat, sharp, tempo, they’d know, they’d pin point it right away…
Even if we could dedicate an engineer to each piece of plant in our building it does not necessarily follow that all issues will be identified as each item of plant has an inter-dependency that would be missed by individual engineers, we need that conductor for our whole building. Eyes and ears on every aspect of the plant and building, 24 hours a day.
The system we use utilises existing BMS inputs and outputs to their full potential. We install a clever piece of technology on your building which looks at the data from every single perspective, groups them in to logical dependencies and inter-dependencies and spots the areas that are not working as they should be, our technology is working for you looking over the entire system all the time.
From there, the intelligence in our secure cloud-based analytics engine applies automated system rules to this data that will detect anomalies in the mechanical plant and the controls operation.
Our system is like having a controls engineer watching each and every item of your plant 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our secure cloud-based connectivity solution means we can get the data into our cloud rapidly and safely. This allows us the unique ability to use the information from our analytics engine to either provide remote resolution for these issues or by fully informing our engineers prior to attending site should a visit be required.
The output of this step will allow us to identify not only controls based issues, but also hidden plant issues that require attention. Peeling away the layers of complexity in your building to reveal root causes of performance issues and excessive energy consumption. Our analytics solution will also allow us to monitor and report on the progress being made and provides overview reports of what has been rectified and opportunities for improving the building further.
Simply put, it means savings in energy consumption and the costs associated with that, savings in plant maintenance, reductions in CO2 output and a better performing environment for the building occupants to work in.
If you are interesting in finding out more and engaging in our Energy and Building Performance experts please contact us.
Look out for our next news release which will take you through step three of our four step energy reduction pathway.