If you live, work or own a modern building, it’s likely there’s a wide range of individual systems that monitor energy performance, safety systems, electrical systems, sprinklers, fault detection, etc. All of these systems, whilst independent, work cohesively to run, maintain and keep buildings operating at optimal levels.
Monitoring and analysing this data individually will give you an insight into how a particular system performs but looking at them collectively will provide a deeper insight into potential cost savings, possible hidden maintenance problems and help you identify areas that may need to be attended to before they become a regulatory offence or worse – a life-threatening issue where people's lives are put at risk.
Every facility manager or building owner is charged with the objective of creating better efficiencies, security and reliability in their buildings. Given that you can’t manage what you can’t measure, building analytics gives managers and owners an opportunity to meet energy goals, safety requirements and meet legislative recommendations.
Using building analytics to save energy, money and avoid regulatory offences
One of the most beneficial aspects of utilising building data is it’s a great platform for optimising building performance and quickly auditing separate elements of your building when there are inevitable legislation or code changes, particularly centred around safety.
To be able to quickly and easily analyse energy consumption, safety systems and audit physical furnishings like doors, windows, safety signage, lifts, emergency lighting, fire exits and smoke alarms mean when it comes time to update, revise or replace these systems you will have a clear blueprint of these items and systems to give to contractors.
This not only speeds up the process but in the case of large building structures, saves you money as contractors will have exact numbers and won’t need to extrapolate based on a walkthrough and visual count.
Better energy performance using building data
Often when dealing with building energy performance, owners and managers take a reactive approach to power consumption and look at ways to save on energy consumption after they’ve seen how much power and energy is being wasted throughout the building.
This reactive approach means that faults and issues are sometimes magnified causing more energy to be consumed and aren’t picked up until the next scheduled maintenance check.
Let’s look at a simple example of a faulty valve in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. If a faulty valve leads to a reduction in temperature in the rooms of a building, the air handling unit would typically increase the cooling elements to ensure the correct temperatures are delivered to rooms.
This problem is likely to continue until it’s picked up in the next scheduled maintenance check which could be weeks, months or even years. Looking through building analytics helps owners and managers to identify the root cause of issues which leads to a reduction in waste and an increase in energy performance over time.
Saving money with building analytics
By now, you’ve no doubt seen there are obvious gains to be made by having an integrated approach to building systems but some of the benefits people don’t realise is saving time and money on the ongoing maintenance and safety inspections of buildings.
Having a comprehensive picture of your building systems enables managers and owners to quickly identify how many physical elements like fire doors, lifts, hydrants, etc need to be maintained and inspected throughout the building.
Indoor mapping makes this process even easier with a complete digital master plan of your building and it’s safety systems available for contractors and inspectors so they’re able to quote with accuracy on replacement numbers or the level of time and maintenance required for your particular building.
Avoid regulatory or legislative violations
Whilst legislative and regulatory change within the building industry can seem slow when changes do happen, the impact on your building can be considerable. If, for example, there’s a change in legislation to fire doors (like for example the change regarding asbestos fire doors in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011) having complete data about your building including the makeup of your fire safety equipment, positioning of doors, windows, exits, etc will help you to easily identify if sweeping changes need to be made to the building and exact numbers of elements needed to be quoted on.
Having this data at your fingertips not only allows owners and managers to better manage the building’s safety, security and energy systems – it helps create an accurate report of requirements when it’s time to get quotes for maintenance or upgrades to the building.
If you would like to talk with us about indoor mapping, what role we can play in building analytics or the interpretation of building data regarding safety, please feel free to contact us today.