By: Eugenia Gregorio, Sustainability Manager at The Tower Companies
As the Sustainability Manager for The Tower Companies, I am very fortunate to be part of an exciting new initiative that will help us to meet company goals and continue as a leader in the industry. “Real -time energy management” is a buzzword, just like the term “green building” about 10 years ago. A real-time energy management program allows a building owner, operator, or manager to track energy usage on a daily, 15-minute (or less) basis. The ability to monitor energy usage at the same time in which a building is consuming energy is extremely helpful in determining system inefficiencies and areas for improvement to building operations as a whole. Otherwise, you have to wait until utility bills arrive, which can be up to 60 days after energy is consumed.
After over a year of researching different vendors, installers, and technology available, we selected our hardware and software team in August 2011. HVAC Concepts, Inc. of Ijamsville, MD is responsible for installing all of the required hardware, connecting to our existing building automation systems (BAS), and coordinating with the software team. DC-based AtSite, Inc. is responsible for collecting and analyzing our electricity and gas usage and managing the software. AtSite will also be meeting with our building engineers on a monthly basis to help set energy reduction goals and implement best practices for each building in our portfolio. Our engineering team and building owners will be able to view this energy data online at anytime with a username and password.
We’re kicking off this program the week of January 16, 2012. It’s a great way to start off the New Year and everyone involved is eager to see significant results!
We’ll keep you posted on our progress!