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How Data Analytics Affect Building Performance

Posted by Danielle Martin on Aug 5, 2013 3:32:00 PM

A building operates much like a machine – there are many behind-the-scenes mechanisms that affect operation and performance. Elements such as lighting, space conditioning, tenant usage, and occupancy makeup the operation of a building.  It is important to properly understand these fluctuating systems to maximize efficiency and occupant comfort.

Data analytics give building managers a deeper understanding of operations so they can identify and correct specific performance challenges.

Monitoring Energy Usage is Essential to Improving Operations

Buildings consume a lot of energy, much of which is wasted, so improving energy efficiency is a top priority for building managers who want to curb unnecessary spending. From an environmental standpoint, “buildings in developed countries contribute approximately 40% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are forcing climate change,” according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Tracking how a building is utilized helps to more efficiently power up or bring down energy-hungry systems. The highest points of commercial resource and energy consumption are:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Fuel Energy1

Information Provided by Energy Analytics Systems Measures Performance

Using analytics to measure the factors contributing to inefficiency is essential to making improvements. Energy tracking systems automatically collect and manage energy usage data so you can:

  • Understand consumption and demand 24 hours a day
  • Identify peak consumption times
  • Monitor interval usages (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly)
  • Compare current data with historical data
  • Create automatic system schedules
  • Relate usage data to similar buildings
  • Implement efficiency plans

Why Thermal People Counting is an Important Factor

People counting is one of the best ways to understand how and when your building is utilized. For instance, heating areas when there are no occupants wastes money. While timer-based systems can help, building usage changes over time, so integrating thermal detectors to count people  into other commercial systems can deliver data that drastically improves building’s performance.

Thermal people counting provides accurate, objective analytics that help you optimize key systems such as:

  • Lighting
  • HVAC Systems
  • Water
  • Computers and Technology
  • Elevators
  • Automatic Entrances
  • Sound Systems
  • Televisions
  • And More

Learn how you can make your building smarter using thermal people counting technology from Irisys.

Topics: People Counting, Smart Buildings, commercial energy usage, data analytics, building operations, usage trends, energy

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