Imagine being able to view the performance of everything in your building just by looking at one screen.
Imagine being able to view the performance of everything in your building just by looking at one screen. Better still, what if this one screen could display up to date accurate information about how well your building is performing, enabling you to make the necessary changes to benefit the building and its users in both the short and long term??
Step inside any modern building and in addition to your usual internal doors, partitions, ceilings and floors, you’ll see lightbulbs, power sockets and light switches, and probably some heating controls, ventilation ducts and radiators as well. Most of these things will be conveniently positioned so that things such as light and temperature can be adjusted with the flick of a switch. It also means we can usually tell with a naked eye whether they are all in good working order. If you flick a lightswitch and the light doesn’t come one, it probably means the bulb has expired. If there is no heat coming from the radiator when you think there should be, there could be a fault with it.
A problem here, however, is that if you are relying only on looking at the individual component itself to tell if it is working or not, then that could become arduous and time consuming if you are in a large commercial building with hundreds of lights, switches, power sources, heaters and security cameras. Not only that, in a large building full of occupants it is inevitable that a combination of forgetfulness, laziness and system faults will result in things being left on when they don’t need to be. With no way of knowing where and how often these incidents occur, it is very difficult to maintain and manage the building to its full potential, after all, it is difficult to monitor something you cannot see.
For many building managers the adoption of a Building Management System (BMS) is considered a way of ensuring that their building services are integrated to operate in the most efficient manner possible. A professionally installed BMS will provide excellent 24/7 control of a building, but it can only really offer real time control of the building’s plant. A BMS is not built for dealing with historical data or for the reporting that data, which means there is a lot of valuable data going to waste that could be used to great effect in optimising the energy usage in buildings. Building managers have access to a lot of data, from metering systems and BMSs, but analysing data from two independently run systems can be complicated and ineffective.
An Energy Management System (EMS) can collect data from the building using an energy monitoring system, and EMS functionality has been added to many BMSs, which allows the collected data to be displayed on charts of the user’s preference so that consumption trends can be spotted easily and acted upon. By identifying how, when and where a building uses the most energy, the manager can develop an effective control strategy that can be implemented and tracked to maximise savings.
But what comes after an EMS? Energy Building Information Software (EBIS), from Synapsys Solutions, goes beyond what you would expect from a traditional EMS, providing a single source of comprehensive data which can be properly viewed and analysed by the building manager to help improve the performance of the building.
Perhaps it’s time you discovered why SIPinsight EBIS is the future of building energy management and performance.