Built Environment Energy Management Systems

Industry Background

‘The buildings in which we live and work offer huge potential for energy savings. Buildings are some of the largest energy users in the world, accounting for 30% of total energy use.’ (IEA 2016) This fact highlights the importance of energy sustainability in the built environment and explains the rational behind a colossus concentration on sustainability and energy optimisation within buildings. Simple technologies such as domestic lighting, isolation and glazing of doors and windows and enhancement in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are the only measures that could significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and still represent a economic return for societies (McKinsey 2007 in Yudelson 2010).

It’s imperative to understand that on-site generation i.e. distributed generation and micro-grids are ultimate complementary to the energy optimisation systems, green and sustainable buildings. Below are a few emerging technologies that are strong advocates for such integration:

Our aim is to offer most suitable mechanical and electrical solutions, in line with complementary active and passive technologies, in order to promote implementation of energy management systems and also environmental management systems within built environments and by doing so we play an even more active role in global sustainability.

Benefit

Utility cost savings – maintenance cost reductions – increased value from higher net operating income – tax benefits – more competitive real-estate holdings for private sector owners – productivity improvements – health benefits – risk mitigation including lower exposure to irritating or toxic chemicals – marketing benefits – public relations benefits –increased availability of both debt and equity funding for building sales and building performance upgrading – demonstration of commitment to sustainability. (Yudelson 2010)

Challenge

Divergence between capital and operating costs – perceived high costs of greening – unproven future benefits – incentives too small to change behaviour – lack of financing for energy upgrades – wide variability of energy costs. (Yudelson 2010)

Goal

Our goal is to ultimately contribute into the global sustainability and to tackle the global warming by implementation of most suitable energy and environmental management systems within built environments complying with relevant national and international standards and regulations.

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