Hard at work

Annabel Walker
By Annabel Walker
When it comes to the health of our cars, we know what we need. Yearly MOTs, regular servicing and top-ups of oil, coolant and screenwash are the bare minimum most vehicles need to keep everything ticking over.
Hard at work

So, it’s surprising the number of facilities managers and business heads that are happy to run their buildings daily, and for years and years, without sparing a thought for what could be bubbling away under the surface. You wouldn’t drive a car that hadn’t passed its MOT, so why are we allowing buildings to continue running without ensuring that all of the systems within them are performing at their best?

Is your BMS working its hardest?

You might well have a Building Management System (BMS). Many organisations do. But is it working as hard as it could be to help you reduce energy waste, energy costs and run a more efficient operation?

Effective building energy management works alongside your BMS to ensure it is helping you get the data you need to understand how well your building or site is performing and make crucial business decisions about where to invest to support the future growth of your organisation.

The energy needs of a modern business are always changing. As new staff come on board, office layouts change and plans diversify it’s easy to be swept up in day-to-day operations and forget that everything working away behind the scenes will also need to be adjusted. To go back to our car analogy, if you started making longer journeys with more passengers, you’d expect fuel usage to alter and you’d probably start paying more attention to upkeep, too.

In good hands

While your original Building Management System setup may have been perfect for your business needs at the time, there’s a high chance it may now be running with outdated information.

Which is exactly where an energy management system can help. Much like a mechanic, once put to work it will quickly review current performance and suggest improvements that will enable you to make decisions about energy management and usage that will have a real impact on your business bottom line.

Your BMS may be controlling everything you’ve asked it to control - heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, lights and server rooms – but is it telling you where you could be making changes that would help your building run more efficiently? It’s only by collecting the right data, reporting and measuring that you can really be sure every part of your building or estate is achieving optimal performance.

For more information on how our energy management services can help you get your BMS up to speed, get in touch today.

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