facility management Tag

When we talk about energy management, not only does it involve a thorough analysis of the energy consumption that is produced in buildings, but we must also carry out energy and functional control. So, how do we integrate the energy analysis with Building Portfolio Control? Discover the types of control in buildings, differentiating between them energy control. Learn about advanced energy control technologies in this article:

That the real estate market is a sector that suffers from the characteristic of being very volatile is no secret. It has gone from being a safe, easy and stable investment to being high risk.  If we add this to the increase in energy demand, which has a huge impact not only on this sector but also on the rest of the sector, such as facility management, what are the challenges facing these sectors? In this article we answer this question:

The transition to low-cost, highly efficient clean energy technology is being accelerated by an accompanying revolution in innovative business models to deploy that technology. As with other similar industry shifts, the fundamental drivers are sound economics combined with the right business model. You've no doubt heard of Software as a Service (SaaS) and its advantages over on-premise software when it comes to investing in energy management. In this guest post by Angela Ferrante of SparkFund, we'll learn about a lucrative new business model called Lumens as a Service.

These days, facility operators and energy managers have a lot on their plates. Keeping up with rapidly evolving building automation technology, constantly changing occupant expectations and best industry practices and standards is getting increasingly difficult. On top of that, there is the ubiquity and security risk of data coming from the ever-expanding Internet of Things, requiring a new set of skills, not to mention the tools to manage building data properly. So how can energy teams keep up with the chaos? Read on to discover some tried and tested strategies to bake building performance into your day-to-day tasks as a facility or energy manager.

There are 6 variables that drive an occupant’s thermal comfort:
  • air temperature
  • surface temperature
  • humidity
  • clothing insulation
  • activity level (metabolic heat)
  • air velocity
The problem? These factors simply don’t tell the full story behind the maintenance involved in optimising temperature in office buildings, commercial buildings, primary schools or university campuses. Thermal comfort depends on other factors as well, like climate and occupant preferences – for example, occupants in Denmark may be more susceptible to humidity and heat levels than occupants in Portugal. The biggest challenges for Commissioning Agents and Facility Managers lie in finding a temperature which is satisfactory for the majority of their occupants, all who may have slightly different preferences, and doing so without sending the energy bill through the roof. Here to tell us the full story behind getting thermal comfort right in buildings is Brenna Buckwalter from BuildPulse.