Part two in our series on energy management highlights how to integrate new energy technologies and useful tools for measuring energy performance.
Energy data can enable tracking against goals, benchmarking performance across business units, budgets, and accountability at the single building level. The advanced use of energy technology can provide visibility into critical data to see clear relationships among energy and costs, productivity, and other defined business measures.
Our teams often partner with third-party service providers offering specialized services to ensure the optimum, integrated solution is implemented at the property. Solutions that combine data from building systems, sensors, costs, and operations to power energy and sustainability, building analytics, and portfolio reporting applications can enable building owners and managers to make informed energy and building operations decisions.
One of the most effective tools for benchmarking energy performance is ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, property teams can track energy, water, and waste consumption for one building or an entire portfolio, all within a secure online environment. Forty percent of commercial building space is benchmarked using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
Data analytics is available for multiple building systems, including HVAC, security, elevator, lighting, and fire and life safety systems. Systems are more efficient when analytics can be shared across system architectures, and integration creates a truly “intelligent building.”
With advances in HVAC controls and the adoption of technologies such as fault diagnostics and detection, machine learning, and deep dive data analytics, malfunctioning of HVAC systems can quickly be detected and resolved, leading to more reliable operations and energy savings.
Data analytics is only as good as the individuals who receive and act on the information. Training and vendor support is critical for property teams to translate data insights into actionable plans to improve building energy performance. Quality data translates to quality information, quality conversation, and quality decisions.
Mike Turzanski serves as the West Region Engineering Operations lead for Cushman & Wakefield. He is responsible for management and engineering support for the Western Region and brings 30 years of practical and technical experience related to the operation and maintenance of high-rise office buildings, retail facilities, data centers and steam plants.
Lee Dunfee serves as the East Region Engineering Operations lead for Cushman & Wakeifeld. He is responsible for engineering operations in Cushman & Wakefield’s Eastern Region and works closely with city leaders, property managers, and chief engineers to deliver best-in-class operations for our owners and tenants. Mr. Dunfee also works closely with Cushman & Wakefield’s corporate engineering services group on new processes, procedures and corporate initiatives, including an internal energy management program.