Lab spaces on university campuses are essential to students’ education and college experience, but consume a huge amount of energy, resulting in high costs and negative impacts on the environment. Universities across the country have come up with some creative and effective lab energy initiatives, but there is still a long way to go before our lab spaces considered sustainable. Continue Reading…
Facility and Energy Managers today have a lot to keep up with. Expectations and best practices are changing across the board due to the now widespread use of analytics to optimize operations. Now, to get the job done right, there are new standards to be upheld and a new required skill set.
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Reactive and proactive maintenance isn’t black and white, but falls on a wide spectrum. Many facilities teams don’t fall at either extreme – they’re somewhere in the middle, and struggling to get closer to the proactive side. Reaching a state of preventative maintenance is difficult, but attainable through analytics that keep your team ahead of the curve. Facility teams are extremely busy, and automating part of their jobs helps free up time that is better used for implementing energy initiatives, solving problems, and ultimately making the switch from reactive to proactive.
by Nicole Harper from DEXMA
Like nature versus nurture, the war between on-premise versus software-as-a-service (SaaS) rages on, and it’s no different in the world of energy analytics.
In this post you’ll find a comprehensive breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of deployment in the context of Energy Management Software (EMS), so you can figure out which is best for your ESCO.
The facility manager of tomorrow will manage their building continuously, strategically improving occupant comfort and energy management through automated, connected technologies. Sound like a pipe dream? We don’t think so.
A lot of our time is spent in office spaces and classrooms. In fact, the average US citizen spends 30% of their time at work – that ends up being 25-30 years out of the average life. While comfort at home tends to be at the top of our list, comfort in the workplace and in the classroom actually impact our lives much more. Unfortunately, most occupants in commercial buildings are dissatisfied with their space temperature and indoor air quality.
Energy initiatives that look great on paper and do poorly in practice often mean that tenants aren’t on board with changes that are being made. Sometimes, this is simply because they are unaware of or uneducated on their impact on the overall energy consumption of a building portfolio. The ‘not my bill, not my problem’ occupant mindset is a hurdle that Facility and Energy Managers must clear in order to get the best results – in energy efficiency and also in occupant happiness.
So, you need some upgrades. Unfortunately, it can be tough to communicate your needs effectively across departments. Using data is a great way to have that conversation, instead of explaining the nitty gritty of your equipment performance and the specific upgrades you need to someone unfamiliar with the subject matter.
Get ahead of the curve with data that enables your team to make the switch to proactive maintenance. Facility teams are busy — automating even a small part of your workload opens up opportunities to drive change in your building portfolio.