Within a building there are three key resources to be managed: Electricity, Water and Gas.
These resources are most commonly disjointed. They are on three different billing cycles, with three different types of metering device and – more often than not – with three separate systems to manage their efficiency, tuning, billing and reporting.
A building is a complex organism. The number of systems, processes and tools to manage the many facets of a building can become a tangled web, before you even consider resource management. When the systems for these three key resources are separate, the opportunity for lacklustre performance and undiagnosed problems increases dramatically.
How to take advantage of what you already have.
In any building type, be it commercial, multi-residential, retail or industrial, electricity is the one resource you can guarantee will be metered at the gate as a minimum. Often there will be sub-meters for all or part of the building. This makes sense because each tenant will definitely be consuming electricity (whereas water or gas may not be used or billed) and because electricity is the most expensive of the resources. Tenants want to pay for the exact amount of electricity they use, while some tenants may be complacent about wearing a ‘pro-rata’ cost for water used at the building as a whole.
With that said, as tenants become savvier about sustainable practices and rising water and gas prices attract visibility, there is growing awareness that better solutions are available to monitor true consumption across each resource.
With a strategic metering plan electricity meters can be used to their full potential, adding inputs from water and gas meters into the electronic reporting process, creating a single reporting network for all resources. With a single network there is one point of data collection, one communications feed and most importantly, one central software solution to manage the resources for cohesive reporting, billing, tuning and fault detection.
The infographic below shows how well managed electricity meters can bring the other building resources together to create the ‘Holy Grail’ of efficient, effective and hassle-free management.
Surely, a way to reduce the complexity of a building’s management is a big win any day of the week, allowing building and facility managers to improve building performance without adding another process to the already tangled web they face.
Can your clients afford to continue estimating usage from inaccurate, aging and unrelated reporting systems?
Contact CarbonEMT to develop a strategic, cohesive metering plan and improve the financial outcomes of your properties.