Net Zero Building & Entic’s Energy Initiatives
Q&A with Carlos Diaz, Co-Founder & COO of Entic
by Ashley Halligan
Property Management Analyst, Software Advice
In a recent article written for my company’s website, we took a look at the rising trend of “net zero building” – applicable to both new buildings and retrofitting existing buildings to literally produce as much energy as they use. The article says, “In fact, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires that all federal facilities become net zero by 2030–and all commercial buildings achieve net zero status by 2050.”
Given recent legislation that is requiring building owners to take a look at their consumption and operational performance for the first time, more and more companies are seeking the assistance of companies like Entic – begun because of the known inefficiencies of HVAC systems. Carlos Diaz, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Entic, points out that HVAC systems account for 42 percent of a building’s energy consumption.
Enter Entic’s purpose: Entic specializes in HVAC chiller plant optimization, providing commercial and industrial facilities with up to 40 percent energy savings through its proprietary, cloud-based technology. The company’s solutions use continuous, real-time analytics to automate precise corrections and achieve unprecedented performance and economy.
Diaz says, “A disproportionate level of attention is focused on other areas, such as lighting. Part of the problem is that people don’t actually know what’s going on with their chiller plants, or they are a little too willful in believing that their systems are doing what they’re supposed to do. HVACs are notoriously unpredictable – one month it will cost $12,000 to run and the next it will be $40,000, and the real stickler here is that utilities will charge for the peak in a month even if it was for just a day. We want to provide building energy managers with much more control over how their HVAC systems are working.”
Combining the expertise of organizations like Entic with facility management technologies designed to oversee performance, along with a focused attention on energy performance, achieving net zero consumption is becoming increasingly popular. Read the article “Breaking Down Net Zero Building: Reality or Wishful Thinking” for more ideas – including those for both existing and new buildings.