Emerging IT Tools Reshape Building Energy Management
Enterprises around the world have elevated energy efficiency and sustainability to a strategic concern. For many, buildings have become a key focus: commercial facilities account for up to 50% of electricity use in the US, nearly 30% of which is wasted through inefficiency. Yet most Building Management Systems (BMS) were designed primarily to manage building operations and occupant comfort, and lack the ability to store, analyze and act on large volumes of energy use and trend data.
Over the last decade, technology has improved significantly in environmental monitoring and control systems, and advances in IT have made it cost effective to collect and analyze vast amounts of data. These developments have led to the emergence of new application software, control systems, and IT-enabled devices, evolving Facility Resource Management (FRM) to a new level. Building upon the BMS, facilities professionals now have access to a range of add-on solutions for continuous commissioning, automated demand response, tenant engagement, and other advanced capabilities. And while ROI varies widely by implementation, such solutions are demonstrating attractive efficiency gains of 10-30+%.
In this report, we describe twelve advanced Facility Resource Management (FRM) capabilities, in the context of a six-level reference architecture for enterprise sustainability. We profile example solutions come from technology start-ups including Agilewaves and SCIenergy, as well as major control systems incumbents JCI and Honeywell. Two customer case studies are presented, from leading-edge customers employing multiple FRM solutions. Lastly, we present a series of recommendations for how organizations can approach planning and implementation of FRM solutions.
Discussed and profiled in the report are solutions from Adura Technologies, Agilewaves, BuildingIQ, Cisco, EnerNOC, Enmetric, IBM, Johnson Controls, Lucid Design Group, SCIenergy, SynapSense, Vigilent, Accenture, Automated Logic, Echelon, Energy Star, Honeywell, Integrated Building Solutions, Optimum Energy, Planet Footprint, Redwood Systems, Schneider Electric, Serious Energy, Siemens, and WaterSignal.
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