Smart buildings and their technologies are always advancing and provide a significant reduction of the energy need for heating and cooling. While there are many steps to take towards an energy-efficiency building, IoT enables a new generation of better solutions to provide energy savings in buildings around the world. Continue reading to learn more about the next step in energy efficiency- IoT for BMS.
What Are Smart Buildings?
Smart buildings use monitoring, targeting, sensor technology, and controls to integrate all the results into one reporting platform. The technology allows a building to operate at its maximum efficiency while creating a more productive and comfortable environment for its occupants. For example, the temperature of an office building has a large effect on employee happiness and productivity, but keeping a comfortable living temperature demands a lot of energy. With analysis and automation, a smart building can efficiently control the temperature, as well as many other factors, to make a more productive workspace.
Steps Toward Energy Efficiency
The first step towards the improvement of energy efficiency is typically bio-climatic. For new smart buildings, many factors can be solved at a project level, including the building materials, orientation, and ventilation. However, existing buildings can also be transformed into smart buildings, and focus on the second step of insulation and air tightness to reduce consumption. The third step, correct ventilation equipment, allows managers to control freshness and moisture in the air. This is not only important for saving energy, but it is also crucial for occupants’ health. Efficient equipment is also a big step to achieve energy consumption reduction, including upgrading HVAC and installing LED lighting. The last step is the installation of renewable systems adapted to local conditions to reduce the cost of energy.
The Role Of IoT
All of the steps listed above are based on the physical plant and may require significant investment to renovate, which makes it difficult for many buildings to make the switch. That is where IoT comes in, and enables a new generation of solutions to provide energy efficiency in more buildings worldwide. A BMS that is paired to an IoT platform, also referred to as “Smart BMS,” offers the ability to capture, process, and utilize data to automate the use of an energy grid.
Smart BMS has proven to significantly reduce energy consumption, as well as provide data on usage and traffic of various things, including people, equipment, and more. Smart BMS can gather this data from one building, or multiple structures within the same organization located in various areas, to install the best energy-saving practices throughout an entire corporation.
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