A couple of stories caught our attention related to Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, and Submetering.
Smart Buildings are green buildings. Smart buildings help make smart (and green) cities. Smart buildings need intelligent controls including energy management systems that deliver hardware, software, and services that enable energy efficiency and optimization. Together, they allow for better decision-making in regards to utility usage, controls, and drive conserving behaviors that in turn will enhance building performance. Metering utility use, with transparency through to the end user through a user-pays system is a successful tactic for driving conservation behavior now, and in the future. Building operators see reductions in utility usage when tenants are accountable for and can affect their utility consumption.
“Energy will be a big part of smart city development both from the supplier and end-user sides. Buildings, for instance, will increasingly monitor through sub-metering and energy management systems.”
From: Energy Management Today on Smart Cities
Key stakeholders in smart buildings – real estate developers, building operators and tenants – can all benefit from an energy management system’s data-based decision tools.Through metering, the measurement and verification of utility usage, along with tools to analyze and benchmark, lead to planning for utility usage improvements and action. The economic driver, cost-savings, may drive the business case for the energy management system investment. But, greener benefits like GhG reductions and corporate leadership through more sustainable business practices strengthen the energy management system investment decision.
“Energy efficiency and sustainability are major features of a smart building. Buildings on average consume about 30 percent of the world’s energy, and savings of up to a quarter of costs could be achieved by using advanced building management systems and analytics to optimize performance in areas such as ventilation, temperature, lighting and air quality.
Technological innovations in improving energy consumption, water usage, and indoor air quality, as well as access to better data about how efficiently commercial buildings are run, can increase operational efficiency, limit costs and cut consumption of resources for owners and operators.”
From: Energy Management Today on Intelligence and automation to drive growth of Smart Cities
Building owners can be ‘smarter’ about managing their building’s energy use by utilizing an energy management system. Decision making is clearer with actionable insights that result from meter measurement data. An end-to-end energy management solution helps building owners, managers, and energy consultants rise to the challenge of corporate sustainability goals, tenant demand, and business goals.
More on Smart Buildings:
- Government of Canada Smart buildings initiative
- Rocky Mountain Institute blog: Intelligent buildings:Energy Savings from Smart Controls
Related QMC blogs:
- Without a utility management strategy, you may be throwing money away
- Energy efficiency and the bottom line
QMC’s energy management solutions provide precision reporting on utility consumption for accurate billing, reporting, and contribute to sustainable building management. Achieve Sustainability through Accountability.