The conservation of nature is quickly emerging as the most pressing issue for industries and individuals alike. Prophetic predictions of sea level rise as a result of global warming have forced countries to invest in reduction of energy consumption and do so with urgency.
Energy is largely derived from fossil fuels and the end result of this luxury is carbon emissions. These emissions not only pollute the air, rendering it noxious and unfit to support human life; they are also a rich source of greenhouse gases which in turn help trap the heat from sunlight. Under such circumstances it is imperative that the commercial and private sectors brainstorm to come up with innovative strategies that can not only reduce the volume of fossil fuel (and thus electric energy) consumed but also regulate and optimize the functioning of machines and lighting to ensure best use of the available power.
CALIFORNIA: A SHINING EXAMPLE
California’s Clean Job Act is a step in the right direction. The Energy Commission attributes the incentives it provides in terms of regulating energy use of non-residential buildings and research based programs to better enable this reduction as one of the primary reasons behind the state’s low per capita energy consumption.
BMS SOLUTIONS FOR THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR:
It is estimated that 40% of the total energy expenses shouldered by the commercial sector can be tracked to lighting needs. The rest is attributed to temperature regulation and ventilation. A small fraction is used by heavy duty equipment and motors.
From Honeywell to Daikin, all leading vendors have turned their attention to Building Management Systems (BMS). These are integrated platforms responsible for rationing out energy to the main structure based on the percentage occupancy. They also work to monitor and tweak the individual energy consumption of lights and HVAC installations leveraging demand requests (DR) from the central utility panel.
- BMS solutions take into consideration the quality of lighting required, the location of the building and the energy efficiency of equipment to set up a regulated system that doesn’t allow electricity misuse.
- HVAC and refrigeration systems are also controlled by BMS platforms. These components cumulatively account for 30% of energy consumption.
- Compressed air equipment efficiency is an action item for BMS platforms and regulation of energy can lead to significant savings.
Only when sustained and synchronized efforts are made by industries and the private sector can the eminent threat to the global environment be successfully averted. BMS platforms are a revolutionary concept accelerating the journey to ‘eco-friendly’ houses and intelligent buildings.