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In the United States, energy use by commercial buildings comes with a price tag of $190 billion — yet 30% of this goes to waste. If you’re not managing your energy consumptions with a “how can we improve” attitude, you’re setting your company up to waste resources.

That’s why we’ve identified the two common building data problems for commercial buildings and how to address them.

Common Building Data Problems

Lack of Accessible Data

When your building uses legacy systems, accessing actionable data is a challenge. Even if there is data available, extracting it from a BMS can be difficult.

For example, one of the leading energy drains on large commercial buildings is a lack of HVAC maintenance — this can result in leaks amongst other problems. Without a system in place to tip your team off that there’s a problem, this energy drain could continue indefinitely — which ultimately costs you money.

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Too Much Data

Some buildings have dumped their legacy system in favor of a modern system that is data-driven. This is a great start but being bombarded with data points and not having a plan for how to utilize them is problematic. In many cases, a building’s in-house team is required to handle the data themselves — this requires maintaining the server, managing backups, and much more. Pushing your in-house team outside of their area of true expertise can cause inefficiencies or result in undiagnosed energy issues.

Those looking to implement a building analytics platform are often looking for someone to partner with them to more effectively execute what they originally set out to do — gain actionable insights.

Plan of Action

Whether your company has been on the road to data-driven energy consumption for some time or you’re just starting out, there’s a proven three-part formula you can follow to make your building more efficient.

Gain Visibility

To understand exactly how your building is wasting energy, you must conduct a building assessment. Choose a provider who will collaborate with you to understand your energy spend history and the strategy you currently have in place to monitor your energy consumption. From there, they should be able to pinpoint where additional sensors would be useful for capturing the most detailed performance information.

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Identify Waste

Once the sensors are in place, your data starts doing all the heavy lifting. These sensors should be set up to transmit this data to the cloud where your provider’s analytics platform transforms it into actionable insights.

The system should allow you to analyze your HVAC system with precision, giving you visibility into whether or not systems are operating at peak efficiency. Common HVAC inefficiencies such as lack of setpoint adherence or leaking chilled water will be identified immediately, allowing for quick action. Once these inefficiencies are discovered, your provider can create prescriptions to reduce energy consumption.

Taking Corrective Action

With the prescriptions in hand, your provider can work with your staff to resolve the issues. Sometimes it’s something your engineers can accomplish, other times it requires recruiting your equipment’s vendor. The important thing to remember is that real-time data provides the tools to remedy the issue.

Successful Plan of Action Results

The Park Avenue Tower is a 36-story building in New York City that boasts views of Central Park, cutting-edge office space, and much more. One thing it lacked was efficient energy use — and this isn’t uncommon for large commercial buildings.

Through implementing a building analytics platform on their energy consumption, they saw substantial results within just the first year. They reduced their energy consumption by 16% — this translated to savings of $149,498 within the first year. Through these efficiency efforts, there was a reported $2.98 million in asset creation.

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90% of the prescriptions for resolving inefficient energy use were implemented — either by adjusting their operations in-house or through utilizing vendor assistance during regular maintenance. One prescription identified the cooling towers as an energy drain because fans within the towers were working to keep temperatures below what they were designed to do. This was corrected by implementing temperature control sequence changes on the BMS to eliminate energy waste.

The Bottom-Line

If you want to operate with peak efficiency, then you need to move away from disparate legacy systems and outdated, manual processes. An IoT cloud-based analytics platform, coupled with remote diagnostics and actionable prescriptions, can efficiently fix problems as they arise. With this type of connected building system, you can diagnose exactly where energy inefficiencies are occurring and shut them down before you see the impact on your monthly bill.

When looking for someone to supply a building analytics platform, you need someone you can trust — and only a true expert will do. Entic has consistently saved some of the biggest names in hospitality, healthcare, office buildings, and sports venues 8-12% on their energy consumption. Contact us today to request a comprehensive energy analysis and be on your way to a brighter and more efficient future.