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5 incredibly useful things you can do with the new Heat Map Card

May 16, 2017

By Gavin Platt

Now you can add colorful, data-rich heat map visualizations to your dashboards. Here are five examples of what you can do in your building right away using the new Heat Map card in BuildingOS.

1. Improve and fine-tune building scheduling

Are your buildings’ schedules a little off after having switched to Daylight Saving Time? Did a special late-night event inadvertently change nighttime HVAC setbacks for the rest of the week? The Heat Map card makes it easy to begin looking for these anomalies.

2. Determine when peak demand charges are likely to occur

When are electricity use peaks occurring—hour by hour, day by day? How much could be shaved during peak periods? Use the Heat Map card to evaluate peak demand in the past, and set up an email alert to be notified when peak demand surpasses thresholds that you define.

3. Compare use across departments and tenants

Do you wonder if similar buildings have similar consumption patterns throughout the day? What makes Sales & Marketing on floor 1 so different from R&D on floor 3? Set up multiple Heat Map cards to quickly make side-by-side comparisons.

4. Identify end uses that contribute to high baseload

Why are certain buildings spending so much at night, after normal business hours? What is running continuously during the day that could be cycled off on the weekends? Create a Heat Map card comparison across individually monitored end uses to find out.

5. Launch the Heat Map app—directly from the card

When it’s time to begin exploring your buildings’ data in even greater detail, you can launch directly from the Heat Map card into the Heat Map app. Select “Open in Heat Map app” from the card actions menu. The Heat Map app allows you to graph HDD/CDD and outdoor temperature, and provide annotations directly on the heat map itself.

Gavin Platt

Gavin, Lucid’s VP of Design and cofounder, is responsible for Lucid’s design-centric approach, from product development to marketing. His work has been widely featured in leading design, green building, and technology publications, including The New York Times, Make Magazine, and Wired. Gavin has spent 17 years designing interactive web experiences, including novel UIs for visualizing real-time performance of the acclaimed Adam Joseph Lewis Center. A recipient of the Adobe MAX Award and International Green Award, Gavin holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College.