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facilities management

greater cost savings. At the same time,

improve operations of their buildings, better

there’s no denying that as a society we

manage their assets and decrease overall

are becoming more conscious of our en-

energy costs.

vironmental footprint. Whether that is in

The best in-market tools offer insight in

our homes at an individual level, in our

the form of predictive analytics on complex

workplaces at an organisational level or

data sets. For example, Schneider Electric’s

in our parliament, conscious decisions are

product is able to use external data, like

being made to lower energy misuse and

weather forecasts and travel patterns, to

inefficiencies.

predict temperature drains and employee

At the top level, new legislation from

movements. This, coupled with internal data

July 2017 will require commercial spaces

sets, such as floor usage and movement

that are 1000 m2 or greater to meet the

around the building, can then be leveraged

NABERS energy efficiency rating and present

to predict how a workplace will be used

an energy efficiency certificate on selling

on particular days of the week and how

or leasing the building.

best to manage energy usage. Based on

While such legislation may appear to be

these predictions, adjustments can then be

a cost burden, this mandated compliance

made to operations, such as automatically

could also be a blessing in disguise for

switching off lights or air conditioning in

facility managers looking to innovate.

an area that isn’t used all day.

The opportunity: leveraging the data explosion

energy use, facilities will have greater un-

With the development of the next genera-

whether it is doing so efficiently and whether

tion of integrated control and management

it is likely to need maintenance in the near

systems and the proliferation of the Internet

future because it is operating outside of its

of Things (IoT), buildings are producing a

typical energy readings.

Further to this, through analytics of derstanding of what equipment uses power,

substantial amount of data. Such data, if

Overall, the innovative tools offer improve-

properly used, can give managers greater

ments across four interrelated areas that

insight over energy use, such as:

incentivise sustainable action by appealing

• where is power being used?; • what are the peak times of energy use?; and • what is it being used for? An understanding of the answers to these questions could be the insight needed for managers to make changes in their organisations that help achieve their compliance goals. Unfortunately, immense amounts of data can be overwhelming, and coupled with an increased pressure to deliver results at minimal costs, large amounts of data often go unused and are not properly analysed or actioned. Fortunately, new tools and services,

to financial and sustainable motives.

1. Energy savings Smart solutions, like Facility Insights, which have oversight over a building’s energy usage, are able to detect abnormal consumptions like wasted energy, over heating/cooling or water leakages. By tracking energy performance, the tools are able to identify trouble areas, allowing the facility manager to make adjustments accordingly. Of course, energy savings result in long-term cost savings, so the benefits for organisations are double here.

2. Operational efficiency

including Schneider Electric’s Facility

Leveraging this intuitive technology will

Insights, offer smart data capturing and

condition your building to work at optimum

accessible analytics to help building owners

efficiency. Even sites with multiple tenants

increase facility performance, save money

can be improved by allocating a cost per

and improve operation efficiency.

tenant and activities while benchmarking each site’s performance. These technologies

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are able to recognise regular activities and

By investing in smart tools, businesses can

avoid breakdown.

report on abnormal conditions on equipment that will optimise equipment efficiency and

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