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Reduce Your Energy Costs with Pulse Pulse delivers immediate, tangible, and persistent energy savings in three ways: Connectivity Pulse quickly connects to almost any metering and building automation system so customers can start managing their consumption and saving money before the next utility bill arrives. Prediction Know exactly how your building should be performing in realtime. The intelligent Pulse Typical Curve accounts for multiple factors affecting consumption and compares actual energy use with the expected consumption for that specific building, at that specific moment. Facility managers are instantly notified of any anomalies. Scalability Whether you manage a nation-wide portfolio of hundreds of buildings or a single floor of a single facility, Pulse presents one simple, web-based interface to quickly and easily monitor and manage energy performance in real time. Energy conservation is a team effort. Pulse brings all of the players together: building occupants, facility managers, and executives. Real-time alerts, intelligent Typical Curve analysis, and informative reporting empower your team to conserve energy and save money.


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Does you building have a Pulse? Table of content Introduction to Pulse Energy Management Software...............................................................................1 Pulse & BC Hydro’s Continuous Optimization Program......................................................................... 2 Pulse for Executives and Building Owners..............................................................................................3 Pulse for Facility Managers.......................................................................................................................4 5 Pulse for Energy & Sustainability Managers................................................................................................ 6 Case Study: UBC....................................................................................................................................... Case Study: Government of BC...............................................................................................................7 8 Monitoring Hardware Guidelines............................................................................................................... 9 Pulse Connectivity Overview...................................................................................................................... Pulse Contacts........................................................................................................................................ 10

Pulse Energy Inc. 250 25th Street West Vancouver, BC Canada V7V 4J1

tel: + 1 604 926 5659 fax: + 1 604 926 5622 www.PulseEnergy.com

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Continuous Optimization with BC Hydro and Pulse Energy If you operate a facility over 50,000 square feet and are committed to reducing your energy consumption and costs, you probably qualify for BC Hydro’s Continuous Optimization Program

About Pulse Energy

Our Clients

Pulse™ energy management software (EMS) delivers 1015% reductions in building energy consumption through the collection, analysis, and communication of real-time energy information. Based in West Vancouver, BC, Pulse Energy is a market-leading EMS company recently identified by the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment as having one of the top three energy visualization products on the market.

Pulse EMS software is installed in: • British Columbia • California • Washington

Pulse Energy and the Continuous Optimization Program Pulse Energy is an approved EMS provider for the Continuous Optimization Program and is working with BC Hydro to reduce participants’ energy use. BC Hydro will cover all costs of the Pulse EMS for participating companies. Pulse Energy will work closely with program participants to ensure Pulse EMS integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructures and energy efficiency programs and with minimal system set-up hassle. Take the Next Step with Pulse For more information about Pulse EMS and the Continuous Optimization Program please contact Pulse Energy. Your BC Hydro key account representative can also provide you with additional details about the program and program application forms. Please check the Pulse Energy box on your Continuous Optimization application form and we will help you navigate the entire Continuous Optimization process.

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Local reference clients include: • University of British Columbia • Grouse Mountain Resort • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority


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Pulse for Executives and Building Owners Executives and building owners are striving to achieve higher levels of energy productivity and need tools to accurately track the ROI of their energy investments. Pulse™ gives you the tools to measure your building’s cost savings and emissions reductions associated with energy efficiency.

Increased Productivity. Lower Costs.

Tools for Executives

Executives and building owners can leverage Pulse software to:

Pulse reporting tools enable financial and environmental reporting on company or building energy conservation initiatives based on real-time energy data.

Reduce energy costs • Average cost and energy savings of 10-15% • Immediate and measurable energy savings with little or no capital expenditure • Portfolio-wide energy savings by seamlessly scaling Pulse software across multiple facilities Increase productivity • Productivity improvements for operations staff through timesaving system monitoring and real-time alarming Track energy performance for buildings and portfolios • Accurate ROI tracking of energy efficiency investments with quick, easy, and flexible reporting • Automated greenhouse gas emissions reporting based on actual building performance Engage staff and the public in energy-saving activities • Maximum public relations value from your sustainability initiatives • Increased employee morale from taking steps to reduce energy consumption and engaging the entire company in energy savings initiatives

Reports include graphs, charts, and tables displayed in an easy-to-use and printer-friendly format.

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Pulse for Facility Managers Commercial facilities are complex – simply knowing how much energy you use from monthly billing is not enough. Pulse™ energy management software saves facility managers time and money by identifying real-time ways to reduce building energy consumption.

Reduce Your Workload with Pulse

Tools for Facility Managers

With Pulse software, facility managers can:

The facility manager application provides detailed energy analysis and information for facility managers.

Lower energy costs • Reduce energy use in buildings by an average of 10-15% • Identify cost and energy savings opportunities through energy monitoring and real-time reporting • Save energy and reduce costs immediately with quick installation and system set-up Reduce the number of trouble calls • Compare real-time energy performance to baseline energy performance using the Pulse typical curve • Monitor voltage, total harmonic distortion, power factor, and other advanced measurements to troubleshoot power quality problems Improve operator productivity • Track consumption of multiple utilities with a single tool: electricity, gas, steam, water, and renewables • Perform simple, automated calculations of periodic energy use, cost or savings, and greenhouse gas emissions • Save time through constant system monitoring and instant feedback via email when problems arise

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Live charts give facility managers an instant view of all their facilities.


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Pulse for Energy & Sustainability Managers Energy and sustainability managers are committed to reducing their building’s energy use - but they need the right tools for the job. Pulse™ energy management software allows you to track energy consumption and set energy and emissions reduction targets that can be measured and demonstrated to senior management and building occupants.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Pulse

Sustainability Toolkit

Pulse allows you to simply and accurately meet

Pulse software’s energy and sustainability management toolkit enables you to:

your sustainability targets by: Reducing operating costs Pulse delivers 10-15% reductions in building energy consumption through improved collection, analysis, and reporting of energy information. Optimizing energy efficiency Facility managers can maintain occupant comfort and meet business needs while using the minimum required energy. Reducing and tracking greenhouse gas emissions By reducing the amount of energy buildings consume, Pulse software reduces the release of greenhouse gas emissions and brings your portfolio closer to becoming carbon neutral. Maximizing the business value of your sustainability initiatives Engage occupants and the public in sustainability initiatives, while advertising your organization’s energy efficiency as a competitive differentiator, in terms of cost savings and social responsibility.

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• Reduce your workload by quickly and accurately monitoring energy consumption to ensure energy and emissions targets are met • Set benchmarks and targets to reduce energy use • Demonstrate the cost savings of your energy reductions with the Pulse reporting tool • Educate and engage occupants on energy reduction targets and performance by presenting energy data on a public, userfriendly dashboard • Communicate within the organization about actions to reduce energy consumption


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Client Case Study: UBC Saving Energy and Costs at UBC

Reporting Application:

The University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, Canada aims to be one of the greenest campuses in North America. UBC had a sophisticated Building Automation System (BAS) and an Enterprise Energy Management (EEM) system, but needed a way to make their energy data actionable and meaningful to operations staff and the campus population.

Buchanan Tower

Pulse™ energy management software was installed across five buildings on campus. Pulse software delivers energy information to UBC Operations by connecting to the EEM system and BAS, aggregating the data that resides on those systems, and communicating through an easy-to-use web-based facility management toolkit. UBC saw immediate value in deploying Pulse software at the campus. The Typical Curve (visualization of typical energy consumption) provided building operators and administrators a dependable and accurate baseline to gauge their building’s energy and water use. At Buchanan Tower, a large office building on campus, by using Pulse software, the building’s facility manager quickly indentified a number of energy wasting anomalies such as an air handling unit over-circulating air during off-hours. This, along with a few other minor changes, reduced baseline electrical load in the building by 15% translating directly into a $5,000 annual savings. UBC uses the Pulse Occupant Dashboard to track and display real-time energy consumption information to the public. Pulse software has changed building users’ attitudes towards energy efficiency; in a UBC user awareness survey, 85% of building occupants said they have an increased level of energy awareness and 50% of occupants have modified their energy-use behaviour. The results speak for themselves; by implementing Pulse at these five buildings, UBC is saving $26,000 and eliminating 121 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.

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Figure 1: Pulse Energy reporting application Electrical consumption for Buchanan Tower at UBC over the past 2½ years.

Electricity consumption measured in kWh. Figure 2: Energy savings over 6 months Energy savings at Buchanan Tower were calculated by comparing energy data from past 6 months against baseline figures for those months. Data has also been weather corrected. Month

Savings Percent

Nov

13.0

Dec

13.7

Jan

9.0

Feb

10.6

Mar

9.4

Apr

10.3

Avg.

11.0


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Client Case Study: Government of BC Measuring Cost and Energy Savings for the Government of British Columbia

Reporting Application: Jack Davis Building

Pulse Energy worked with the Government of British Columbia to implement an energy reduction pilot program. The goal of the program was to install energy saving projects into government facilities and provide a way to measure these projects’ cost and energy effectiveness. If the projects were successful, the government plans to scale these across multiple government facilities.

Figure 1: Pulse Energy reporting application

Pulse energy management software was used for three pilot projects at the Jack Davis Building in Victoria, BC. On the 5th floor, occupant switches were installed allowing occupants to turn lights off when not in use instead of remaining turned on all day. On the 4th floor, daylight dimmers were installed in south-facing offices allowing less energy for lighting to be used by offices when receiving direct sunlight. Finally, motion sensors were installed in the bathrooms on each floor.

Chart shows data from two pilot projects at the Jack Davis Building. The green bars show Power Intensity for the 6th floor which did not experience retrofits, the blue shows the 5th floor which installed occupant th  switches, and the red shows the 4 floor with daylight dimmers.

By using Pulse software, facility and energy managers in the Jack Davis building could monitor the real-time energy reductions that occurred as a direct result of the pilot projects. As a result of the projects, the energy savings between floors resulted in significant energy reductions (refer to Figure 2: Energy savings by floor). When the pilot program is completed, by using Pulse software the Government of BC will have accurate information about the energy reductions that occurred from each project and can make informed decisions about which projects should be implemented more widely to ensure cost savings are maximized.

Figure 2: Energy savings by floor Energy savings at the Jack Davis Building was calculated by comparing energy data against baseline (using 6th floor as a baseline for other floors).

% Savings

4th Floor

5th Floor

50.8

35.7

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Monitoring Hardware Guidelines Pulse™ EMS connects with a wide variety of metering systems Communication protocols If new meters / metering system is being installed, Pulse Energy recommends specifying devices that communicate through open standard communication protocols (those that do not require the purchase of additional software for continual meter operation). The following is a list of some of the communication protocols and outputs Pulse energy management software (EMS) works with: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Modbus TCP/IP Modbus RTU (RS-485) Pulse Output Analog Output (4-20mA, 0-10VDC, 0-5A and 0-10V) File Upload (TCP or HTTP post)

Recommended meters The following is a list of some of the recommended meters Pulse EMS works with. Please contact our system engineers for a comprehensive list of meters we connect with. • • • • • •

Acuvim II ION (all models) Quadlogic RSM-5 AcquiSuite Veris Power Meters Carlo Gavazzi

Energy information transfer Pulse Energy can collect energy information through an internet connection or GSM cellular upload. Though both options are reliable, we recommend a LAN based internet connection as it provides greater options for data quality and transfer speed.

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Other considerations Measurement Canada approval If the monitoring equipment will also be used for revenue metering such as tenant cost allocation, the meter must be Measurement Canada approved. Minimum peak period pulse frequency Pulse output meters should be configured so that during peak periods there are a minimum of 20 pulse outputs in a 15 minute interval. At rates slower than this, the quality of information captured by the system may become affected.

Further questions? If you have any questions please contact one of Pulse Energy’s System Engineers and they will be able to assist you.


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Connectivity Overview Pulse™ energy management software (EMS) has the flexibility to meet your energy management and reporting needs. Whether you have a portfolio of buildings with different metering systems, a single building with no existing infrastructure, or a building with only a standard utility meter, Pulse Energy can streamline your metering and help you manage your energy consumption.

Pulse Energy Makes Connecting to Your Energy Data Easy Flexible Connectivity

Pulse EMS can be configured to leverage existing infrastructure or can work with buildings that require a complete metering solution or upgrade. Pulse EMS can also span across multiple buildings in your portfolio to encompass all your energy monitoring needs. Once in place, Pulse EMS can expand and integrate to include additional points from existing or newly installed metering devices, direct digital controls (DDC), and building automation systems (BAS). At Grouse Mountain, newly installed electrical meters inform management of electrical consumption while providing power quality information (e.g. power factor, total harmonic distortion) to operations staff.

Meter Compatibility

Pulse EMS is compatible with a variety of meters, DDC, and BAS. This allows facilities using different meters across their portfolio to integrate their energy data into one system. If sub-metering for tenant cost recovery is required, Pulse EMS can connect to revenue grade meters such as the Quadlogic RSM-5. At a client site in Victoria, the signal output of a DDC panel is being used to calculate the building’s energy consumption.

Multi-Point Monitoring

Pulse EMS can monitor electricity, natural gas, steam, and water use. Not only can Pulse EMS make direct comparisons between energy resources it can also compare use across multiple buildings. When looking at multiple energy sources, Pulse software makes it easy to convert between energy units (e.g. Btu to kWh) for easy comparison. At UBC, electricity, water, and steam data are collected directly through the BAS.

Exceptional Customer Service

Pulse EMS is supported by a talented team of software developers and systems engineers. Located in West Vancouver, Pulse Energy is able to work closely with its clients to ensure quick and seamless integration, and provide responsive ongoing customer support.

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