40% of Energy is used in buildings and recent indications are that, energy prices are doubling over the next 10 years. This rate of energy growth is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. The control and management of energy in buildings has become far too important to leave solely to manual methods and commercial energy management systems.
Energy is managed in only a small percentage of existing buildings. Where it is, most management of energy in organisations is based on paper-based and manual procedures and is inherently reliant on the diligence of personnel. This, of course, is a good start but is subject to the presence of staff and subject to the frailties of human behaviour. Every facilities manager is painfully aware of the need to allocate man power to the issues of switching off lighting at the end of the day, which has inadvertently been left on, costing the organisation money. Particularly in the case where large or multiple buildings are being managed.
There are commercial energy management systems available for assisting with the management of energy. However, these systems will usually only provide information on the energy usage in a building, (and generally at a relatively crude granularity). They rely on manual procedures to follow up to improve the energy efficiency. They will often provide graphical charts of energy use, but do not directly reduce the energy use. This implies that they are inherently ‘reactive’. Such energy management systems cannot respond in a timely fashion and they only provide a measure of the size of the problem but do not directly provide a solution!
Reducing our energy usage in commercial buildings is quite a challenge. Fortunately, there is a new innovative approach coming onto the market that can play a major role in helping facilities managers to cut down on their buildings’ energy usage and costs.
With the new imperative to reduce energy use in buildings, there is a need for a proactive approach. An approach that is monitoring the energy usage throughout all hours of the day and that is able to directly control the use of energy and reduce it where this is appropriate.
This method is the central focus of Tantallon’s EnergyFusion™ energy management and control system, which provides powerful and automatic software controlled energy management. EnergyFusion™ provides a framework for management of the energy used by heating, lighting, cooling and other energy consuming utilities and appliances within buildings. The ability to securely control EnergyFusion™ over the Internet allows location independent management of buildings.
This provides real-time insight into where energy is being used, its cost and the equivalent associated carbon. The system uses its flexible and innovative rules-based energy control helping to drive down energy costs.
EnergyFusion™ is suitable for retrofitting within existing buildings and is easily set up and managed. The system can be monitored and controlled over the Internet (using suitably secure processes and protocols) which lends itself to the management of multiple buildings. It provides energy measurement down to the most granular of levels and incorporates energy alerts issued when pre-set energy levels are reached.
EnergyFusion™ has been designed to fulfil the urgent need to reduce the lifetime costs of buildings while meeting the needs of its users and enhancing the energy sustainability of both new and existing buildings.
Read about how EnergyFusion™ has helped Alba Innovation Centre save 60% on Energy in the last 2 and half years.