What is a smart building and how it saves energy?
In contrast to conventional buildings, commercial buildings experience frequent upgrades. As a facilities manager (FM), relying on traditional methods to ensure effective asset management is always challenging. According to a Facility Management Association of Australia study, there is a huge gap between current information system practices and the needs of facility management professionals. Receiving, storing, analyzing, and providing collaborative data access to multiple points are the major concerns of the current building management system. Developing an intelligent building management system helps the manager save time, energy and money by automating intervention ranging from simple tasks to complex monitoring. A comprehensive energy management system will analyze and control energy leaks by providing early warnings and recommend easy fixes to avoid excessive bills.
Why IoT Technology is demanding?
Gartner says, by 2020, IoT technology will connect over 5 billion devices. Organizations embarking on a policy of IoT adoption will witness a positive ROI in terms of productivity, security, data management, and other fronts.
The global Internet of Things (IoT) market will exceed $1 trillion in value by 2025, with more than half of the associated devices set to be deployed in business settings.
How smart buildings can benefit you in energy saving?
The landscape for IoT technology has been expanding and is rapidly becoming pervasive in its use, from micro-businesses to large enterprises. Intelligent Building Technology implementation involves a strategic framework that ensures effective utilization and energy preservation while also bringing all systems together via a single platform with a single maintenance plan. The system involves both hardware and software components and integrates building lighting, HVAC, motors, parking systems and all other relevant parts of the building.
IoT Building Management Technology consolidates data from various gateways and unifies them to enable control from a single point-source, thereby enabling an easier analysis of data and automation of disparate facility infrastructure components.
According to ResearchAndMarkets.com report, the IoT enabled Smart Building Market will see rampant growth by 2023.
Global IoT Smart Building Market will approach $51.44B USD globally by 2023
33% of IoT Smart Building Market will be powered by AI technologies by 2023
Let us examine some of the common use-case scenarios for Smart Building Management Systems.
How IoT Smart Building Technology controls lighting: Smart Bulbs
In the case of large organizations or buildings, monitoring and controlling every light bulb isn’t as easy as we think. Imagine the effort involved in manually checking and switching on or switching off hundreds (and possibly thousands) of light sources. Implementing an IoT smart bulb monitoring system can automate operational maintenance and improve performance quality. The sensors integrated with IoT gateways will transmit the status signals of smart bulbs/lights. Thus, the facility manager can track whether the bulb is working or not. IoT offers an easy way of fixing the problem and saves time and energy. Efficiencies can be better further by deploying motion sensors in parking basements and low-traffic work areas. Unless the sensors detect the vehicle or human movement, lights will be in the OFF state and turn to ON when motion is detected.
Smart Building Platform is expected to save about 9% in power usage during the first year and around 20 to 30 % thereafter, following further efficiency enhancements. (IoTOne solutions report)
Parking Management System: Smart Building Platform
Parking and toll collection are major sources of revenue for shopping malls and other large commercial organizations. These can save substantially on energy consumption by controlling the intensity of the lights based on the density or arrival of vehicles in parking bays with IoT integration, thereby ensuring the safety and security of customers. Effective management of lighting system improves the reliability and life of the bulbs as well.
Furthermore, by deploying Intelligent Building Technology the facility owner and customers can automatically track parking slot availability and toll fee collection. The IoT ecosystem keeps track of login and logout times of vehicles to determine parking slot availability. With dedicated navigation mobile apps, patrons can find the easiest path to the nearest available parking slot within the parking lot, saving time, fuel and reducing harmful pollutants within an enclosed space.
How IoT Smart Building Technology controls HVAC systems: Automatic Temperature Control
Old commercial buildings are energy-inefficient due to conventional methods used in the deployment and maintenance of HVACs. HVAC systems typically account for 40% of the energy consumption in commercial buildings. IoT enabled buildings can automatically adjust temperatures according to the desired ambient temperature, occupancy, and external weather conditions leading to a pleasant and productive work environment.
Moreover, manual monitoring and maintenance of HVAC systems are both, time consuming and expensive. Having an automated solution powered by data-driven predictive analytics proactively identifies potential failure points and recommends maintenance activities before they lead to costly system failures.
Amzur Energy can develop customized IoT solutions by understanding the specific needs of your business. Contact us to transition from legacy to modern systems and realize the real-time benefits of IoT technology for your operations.