Implementing best practices in operations can significantly improve building efficiency. Today’s technologies create unprecedented energy data for analysis and action. The performance of building systems, operational changes and maintenance efforts can be tracked over time. These technology tools will be transformative if we continue to evolve our energy management practices, review the data, build our plans and act on new information. The goal? Bringing people and technology together to improve building performance.
Today, facility managers often operate buildings by responding to alarms and occupant complaints. Tomorrow (and increasingly today) they will manage continuously, improving occupant comfort and energy management strategically through automated, connected technologies.
The Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency has been conducting the Energy Efficiency Indicator Study for three years in China and Australia. In 2013 Singapore was added. The first summary report on Asia reveals similarities and contracts between the three countries, and between Asia and other parts of the world. Respondents in Asia report that they are viewing and analyzing...
Improving the energy efficiency of a building can result in gains in worker productivity in addition to generating energy cost savings. Salary expenses are generally a high proportion of a commercial entity’s costs. Even a small percentage gain in productivity, multiplied by the number of employees, can result in considerable savings. Comfort plays a key role in productivity.
The theme at the Garrison Institute’s 2013 Climate, Mind and Behavior Symposium, “The Importance of Variation and Diversity in Sustainability and Climate Work,” examined how patterns of diversity in “opinions, attitudes, knowledge, behaviors, worldviews, social capital, networks, community, resources and other factors” affect efforts to combat climate change. Drawing...
If interest is high in building energy efficiency in the U.S., why aren’t investments in efficiency growing? Experts from local and federal governments, the private sector, and non-government organizations explored that question at a Roundtable Dialogue in Washington, D.C., convened by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency and the Institute for Market Transformation, the...
Today’s technologies automate the collection, storage and retrieval of data from across multiple buildings and building subsystems. Technology makes that data available to decision-makers from the C-level, to facility managers, to occupants, informing decisions that improve building efficiency.