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How Does Building Automation Help Save Energy Waste and Cost?

By Enterprise Technology Review | Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Building analytics addresses human comfort, energy waste, and maintenance. It is also known to save healthcare providers in varied ways.

FREMONT, CA: Incorporating modern data analytics into building management is like having 2-3 seasoned senior programmers working behind the scenes the whole day evaluating both external data and the data that the building management system (BMS) generates. No human could attain such labor-intensive work in a timely fashion to provide adequate responses to fast-moving building infrastructure changes.

Using a Graphical User Interface to evaluate and correct the everyday problems such as generating unnecessary expense by cooling or heating an unoccupied room to human comfort levels, is how facilities managers traditionally operate. However, building analytics is bringing in an entirely new dimension for determining cause and effect within the holistic system.

These tools help make predictions about how building infrastructure will behave and, ultimately, determine when failures will occur. This type of data represents a significant step forward in helping to avoid the unanticipated downtime. Building automation and analytics not only identifies typical problems but is also capable of flagging two or three symptomatic issues, relating them to each other, and identifying what may become a significant problem.

Energy waste is merely just one area where building analytics provides cost-saving benefits. Human comfort improvements and predictive maintenance also help to boost occupant productivity while minimizing downtime.

For instance, in the human comfort area, most commercial building occupants worry about their temperature. However, the reason building occupants feel too hot or too cold could be a rising humidity issue. Or it could be a technical issue. When building analytics reveal such problems, the data serves as an early warning of a comfort issue to come.

 Instead of waiting for people to complain about an uncomfortable temperature and then making adjustments, building analytics will allow facilities staff to make the proper adjustments and apply the fix before the occupants begin complaining.

See also: Top Building Automation Solution Companies

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