An introduction to Building Energy Management

This month on the blog we’re talking about Building Energy Management and its role in helping organisations reduce energy waste, energy costs and run more efficient operations.
An introduction to Building Energy Management

Here at Dynamic, we believe that one of the best things about technology is its ability to simplify complex tasks, and nowhere is this more evident than the latest thinking in building energy management.

Not only can Building Energy Management take away the headaches of data gathering; it can take things a step further by helping organisations readily interrogate and use that data to inform key business decisions that will save them money. It provides a complete energy management system for organisations of all sizes and across many industries. We’ll be looking more closely at the most effective options for large and small businesses on the blog this month, but let’s start by looking at what Building Energy Management is, and the benefits it offers.

What is Building Energy Management?

Building Energy Management bridges the gap between IT and facilities management, allowing organisations to look at an individual building energy management system through to monitoring energy performance across multiple sites. It is essentially software that enables users to collect energy performance data together in one place, analyse it, use it to gain a complete picture of energy use and then use that information to negotiate tariffs and billing; and inform future investment decisions covering everything from choosing an energy supplier to implementing site-wide building or lighting schemes.

It can encompass everything from metering, data collection, tenant billing, data centre infrastructure management and building management systems; as well as computer-based systems that control and monitor mechanical and electrical equipment such as ventilation, lighting, power, fire and security systems. And it offers a range of tools for reporting and cost analysis. A single dashboard brings everything together in one place and enables users to readily analyse key data.

What are the benefits?

Building Energy Management can help organisations:

Reduce energy costs and wastage: With full sight of when, where and how energy is being used across an entire estate, it’s far easier to make informed decisions about where savings can be made. Building Energy Management provides this information and enables organisations to review existing energy usage, benchmark current energy consumption, review bills and tariffs, look at bill consolidation and implement procedural and behavioural changes – all of which will have a significant, positive impact on energy usage and costs across an organisation.

Optimise existing Building Management Systems: You might have an existing BMS, and it may be gathering data, but is it gathering the right data? And, once it’s gathered, what happens next? Building Energy Management makes sure that existing systems are working as hard as possible and providing the right information to make informed decisions about where to invest time and resources.

Plan ahead: Armed with the right data, it’s far easier to make the business case for investing in one energy saving measure over another at a given point in time. Building Energy Management helps to identify, prioritise and implement the most cost effective energy saving initiatives that will have the biggest impact in the shortest time.

Meet performance standards: Effective energy management is fast becoming a must for organisations of all sizes. Building Energy Management can help meet stringent ISO 50001 certification and other energy management related accreditation criteria with ease; saving energy, cutting costs and meeting environmental requirements.

Find the right solution for you

There’s no doubt that rising energy costs in both domestic and business settings are a hotly debated topic. Building Energy Management platforms are easy to deploy and even easier to use, which means it has never been easier to manage and control energy use. No matter what energy monitoring system you currently use, the chances are estate technology can enhance it.

So if you’re keen to find out more about the benefits of Building Energy Management and how to implement it in your organisation, keep an eye on the blog this month or contact our energy management specialist Jeremy Crowther on 0113 347 1231. 

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