As I look at many of today's buildings, I am somewhat amazed at how "unsmart" many (most??) of them are. Lights glow bright next to southern facing windows on a sunny afternoon -- heat and air conditioning run simultaneously in the same room -- fans blow and blow and blow, for no apparent reason -- thats just to name a few of the many energy wasting items I have seen in just the last week.
Why would any building owner allow that to happen? Well there are many reasons but two key ones are lack of any awareness of the amount of energy being consumed that need not be, and in too many cases, lack of any responsibility for the energy bill therefore no direct real interest in reducing that cost.
But what is changing? We're seeing an interest in instrumenting buildings -- collecting information from seemingly disparate systems and bringing that data together into a consolidated form, and leveraging that data to take actions, and use analytics to predict the future trends. Its not rocket science that is needed -- its basic blocking and tackling - and the financial return and perhaps more importantly the ecological return is something we all should start to care about. Money spent on energy is an expense to a company or individual .... that same money could be used to expand the company, and create new jobs by improving the bottom line ...
Smarter Buildings -- Lets Harvest the Low Fruit
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