As part of managing buildings, it is important to keep operational costs and environmental impact to a minimum. This we do not dispute. Yet an Energy Reduction Strategy Plan focusses only on one output; its purpose being to detail how energy usage should be managed.
An Energy Reduction Strategy Plan prescribes a fix for energy reduction, rather than seeking a more holistic preventative cure across your building environment. A holistic approach that maps energy use statistics against occupancy patterns and well-being measures.
Energy consumption is only part of the picture when considering building operational performance. The consistent monitoring of a building’s temperature, lighting, metering, equipment, and alarm systems is a complex task. Collecting and interpreting multiple sources of data means it is difficult to identify the key areas where improvements and reductions can be implemented.
Measuring energy and then putting your building on an ‘energy diet’ may not be sustainable. By all means carry out an audit, as this will help you develop a full understanding of the energy challenges faced by your business. But also use this opportunity to consider a wider audit by analysing building plant and service, occupancy metrics whilst looking closely at the way the building is being utilised, considering well-being.
There is much research looking at the well-being of building occupants, with good design resulting in greater productivity and happiness.
We spend 90% of our time indoors and when considering occupancy comfort much needs to be considered. The WELL standard, for example, was developed by integrating scientific and medical research and literature on environmental health, behavioural factors, health outcomes and demographic risk factors that affect health with leading practices in building design, construction and management. In short a holistic approach to how we interact with our surroundings.
Access to green spaces, recreational facilities, greater transport options are all part of how we use our built environment. Think beyond air quality, water quality, temperature and light controls. To get an effective handle on delivering well-being it is important to take accurate measures of services beyond that of energy consumption.
How people utilise the built environment has an impact on energy. But what if you were able to match the building services more closely to occupant behaviour?
Having a greater depth of understanding of how your building estate is utilised will help you deliver services to match occupancy levels. Moving beyond time or temperature controls is an important step in delivering a smart building. Providing a space that responds, a space that is able to activate heating and lighting ready for a scheduled room booking for example.
By acquiring and interrogating this big building data, you will be able to identify efficiencies beyond energy management. The AXON building performance platform is technology independent. A powerful tool for enhancing your building management strategy, to move beyond simple energy consumption measures. It can acquire data from multiple sources, for energy, metering, lighting, environment and occupancy, providing estate performance analytics at all levels. The big data and analytics that are acquired by AXON result in actionable insights. Helping you to continually manage the operation of your estate effectively.
For organisations located in large infrastructures or across complex estates, acquiring data from multiple sources and reporting on this data across one platform is a highly beneficial investment, particularly when managing a long-term plan.
A technology-independent platform, AXON provides big building performance data, acquired from multiple sources. Our expertise allows us to understand, support and help enhance operating efficiencies and maintain wellbeing, whilst keeping energy costs to a minimum across entire estates.
Get in touch today, to discover how AXON can help you enhance your buildings operating performance and save money.