Ask any facility manager, and he/she will tell you utility and maintenance are typically the largest cost components of a facility operations budget. In fact, the average breakdown for operational costs in a building approximate 38% to utility costs, 35% to maintenance costs, and 27% to janitorial costs.
With investments made to manage your facility better through building automation, metering and systems, energy dashboards and the like, you are able to manage your building operations with building management system (BMS) alarms that can all indicate a problem may exist. But did you know that significant energy, efficiency, and operational savings may be missed without knowing the whole story? Building Analytics converts the data created by your investments into actionable intelligence, enabling you to identify and prioritize cost-saving opportunities and mechanical system inefficiencies.
One of Dynamic Controls Inc. clients, Southern Illinois Hospital (SIH) in Herrin, IL is seeing exactly how utilizing Building Analytics is saving significant money and improving the hospitals bottom line. By taking into account all facets of building management including energy consumption, avoidable utility costs, predictable maintenance and occupant comfort, an actual dollar value can be placed on each category producing an overall snapshot of the total costs of running and maintaining the hospital during a specified period.
The total avoidable energy cost is the calculated sum of all cost reductions which are possible if controls strategies are made more efficient and all equipment is running perfectly. If spread evenly over the reporting period, the average avoidable cost is calculated on a per day amount. An energy priority is given to any equipment or programming fault with a potential energy penalty, any efficiency opportunity, and any capital project suggestion. A maintenance priority is applied to any equipment or programming fault, and a comfort priority is given to any equipment or programming fault which is likely to influence human comfort, including air temperatures, flows, humidity, and CO2 which are not meeting their set-points.
Having data without actionable intelligence, however, is like fishing without bait. In the case of SIH-Herrin Hospital, the building analytics provides specific intelligence on each piece of equipment which facility managers can then diagnose and make decisions upon. After all, it is not always practical nor affordable to replace certain equipment. However, having the diagnostics at the facility manager’s fingertips allows for constant monitoring, allows a direct cost to be attributed to issue, and allows real-time, informed, decision making to take place.
As a Schneider Electric partner, Dynamic Controls Inc., can deliver service solutions which sustain results over the life-cycle of your equipment and building. As part of a managed service offering, our extensive diagnostics library can be customized to your specific sequences and systems. The Building Analytics system can be used for one or multiple facilities across your portfolio.