Friday, November 10, 2017

Innovative Energy Savings Solutions in Small Commercial Buildings

Innovative Energy Savings Solutions
Small and Medium-sized Commercial Buildings account for 95 percent of building stock and consume half the energy in a sector of the economy responsible for 20 percent of the total energy consumption.
Owners of smaller buildings are often unaware of the amount of energy wasted and the opportunity for savings that building automation systems provide. This sector hasn’t BAS for the following reasons:
  1. the high cost of tailoring software and acquiring hardware components is beyond the reach of most small- and medium-sized properties;
  2. the owner is not always the tenant that pays the utility bill, hence limited incentive to invest in the building’s energy efficiency.
Cost and Interoperability wide scale adoption of BAS requires interoperability, scalability and ease of deployment that are achievable with plug-and-play open architectures capable of local or remote monitoring.
Most BAS currently Use Proprietary Architectures

Controls Designers purchase all devices and controllers from single vendors instead of being able to choose optimal products, controls and services from different vendors to achieve widespread turnkey solutions that reduce installation and maintenance costs with seamless integration of HVAC, lighting, and plug load equipment as well as controllers from different manufacturers that offer plug-and-play functionality for the many system configurations found in smaller commercial architectures.

Benefits include streamlined building operations, optimized energy usage, greater interconnection between building systems and a centralized control structure that facilitates demand response, savings and better integration with the electric power grid, energy savings of 10 percent for HVAC systems and 15 percent for lighting, increased participation in demand response programs, a cost-effective, open-source, plug-and-play building automation platform that is secure, scalable, and broadly interoperable, and support for the most prevalent communication technologies and protocols, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Smart Energy Profile.
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