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Unlocking Energy Optimizations with BuildingOS

October 10, 2019

BuildingOS is a comprehensive energy management information system (EMIS) that leverages building data to unlock actionable insights to help drive energy savings. By analyzing data across a variety of systems in one centralized platform, BuildingOS users are empowered with information at their fingertips to reduce energy consumption and cost within their portfolios.

How does BuildingOS help uncover insights into energy savings?

Buildings are not static structures, but living, breathing ecosystems with complex processes to maintain them. Once a building’s various equipment and systems are scheduled for optimization, they still need to be monitored and regularly audited to ensure everything is working as planned. All it takes to drive up energy costs is one system out of schedule and a team without the right tools and visibility to spot the malfunction.

Today’s modern energy managers are reviewing their building data on an ongoing basis to identify and catch these errors before they lead to costly mistakes. In this blog, we demonstrate five BuildingOS elements to track and optimize building performance.

There are 5 elements of BuildingOS that modern energy managers use to monitor their buildings:

Dashboards

Dashboards are designed to centralize data that is most important to your organization’s energy initiatives in easy to read, colorful displays. Display any data such as electricity use, solar production, emissions, and more to get a detailed view of your building’s performance. With building data centralized in one platform, teams no longer spend time logging into different systems or accessing various reports.

Building Trends Cards

BuildingOS’s Building Trends Card is used to view historical energy use for a defined period of time. Understanding how your portfolio uses energy over a period of time allows you to set realistic goals and establish a baseline to compare against. Changes in energy use are clearly indicated in the Building Trends Card, giving teams an opportunity for improvement and show progress towards reducing energy consumption.


Heat Map

The Heat Map application drills down into energy use on a daily and hourly basis. Using real-time data, the map shows the exact time of day data for high, medium, and low energy use. With easy to understand colors depicting usage, teams can quickly identify times of high energy use and course-correct as needed.


Load Profile

BuildingOS’s Load Profile analysis shows a comprehensive view of energy use over a chosen time period. Once major differences between actual and optimum use are determined, the heat map can be used in conjunction with the Load Profile app to explore the various sub-meters in a building to determine where energy savings could potentially be realized.


Plug Load


Lighting and plug loads are often overlooked sources of energy use. Through the use of the heat map and load profile app, energy leaders can compare how a building’s occupancy relates to plug load. Ideally, the fewer people in the building, the lower plug load should be. By overlaying building occupation data, a plan for wiser energy use in these areas can be developed, identifying potential energy savings.

When you’re able to identify anomalies within your building data, understand how much energy each unit is using, and pinpoint opportunities to optimize energy consumption, you can uncover substantial energy savings within your portfolio.

Watch this video to see how our account manager Dylan was able to dive deep into a building’s data and help save $20,000 a year by identifying untapped savings opportunities.