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Whether your organization’s monthly power bill is measured in kilowatt hours or megawatt hours, today’s building management systems (BMS) empower you to save both operating and capital costs for a stronger bottom line. Case studies about BMS installations often focus on massive electricity users—such as university campuses or technology behemoths like Microsoft. Although such large power users have a clear interest in reducing their electricity consumption, buildings of all sizes and types benefit from BMS. BMS help reduce energy consumption by 5% to 15%, according to Florida Power & Light. Due to rising energy costs and stricter regulations, TechSci Research predicts that U.S. demand for BMS products will grow at over 9% from 2015 through 2020. By helping ensure that HVAC, lights and other building systems only are on when needed, and are drawing no more power than essential for building operations, BMS provide the data and platform needed to reduce energy costs. Although such operating cost savings are a prime reason for installing BMS, the systems also can reduce maintenance and capital costs by identifying when equipment is operating out of spec, thereby allowing for preventive action just in time—neither too early, nor too late. From small to large facilities of various classifications, following are examples of how energy management and facility professionals have used BMS to optimize their buildings. K–12 Schools In Fremont, California, Syserco—an energy management firm—installed Alerton BMS products in the John G. Mattos Elementary School, including in three portable classrooms. Portables are often notorious energy wasters due to user overrides of thermostats, but wireless integration of these three classrooms into the school district’s BMS saves them about $5,800 per year in energy costs—enough to purchase dozens of textbooks or tablets. Colleges and Universities The Windham Street Apartments are a 30-year old, nine-story residence hall housing 224 students at Eastern Connecticut State University. Alerton dealer Automated Building Systems (ABS) installed an Alerton global controller, field controllers and other BMS products as part of a building upgrade that reduced electricity consumption by 65,000 kilowatt hours per year, for a 12% energy cost savings. This achievement is even more impressive considering that the building upgrade added cooling, whereas only heating had been provided before. The BMS, thus, helped the university both save money and improve students’ indoor comfort. Healthcare Facilities In small town Boaz, Alabama, Marshall Medical Centers (MMC) had a decades-old hospital with outdated pneumatic controls that were expensive to maintain. MMC director of plant operations, Paul Cherico, selected a BACnet-enabled BMS from Alerton dealer QCI because the system “would meet our present and future needs and provide freedom of choice down the line, and offer affordable software upgrades, parts and service.” The BMS integrates with more than 3,800 DDC points for centralized management of equipment throughout the building. Commercial Offices Seattle’s Columbia Center is the second tallest building on the West Coast, with 76 stories and 1.5 million sq. ft. of floor area. An Alerton BMS provided by ATS Automation integrates all of the building’s HVAC systems, including 2,200 heat pumps, ventilation and exhaust fans, boilers, heat exchangers, cooling towers and circulation pumps. Although the building is one of the city’s largest electricity consumers—using approximately 31,000 megawatt hours per year—with an energy-efficient BMS the building consumes only about 13 percent more electricity than the next highest building electricity consumer in the city, despite having 50 percent more floor area. Data Centers The world’s largest social networking website relies on massive data centers to bring its users timely updates from friends and family. In multiple sites across North America and Europe, the company’s server farms employ Alerton BMS for precision temperature control to keep its computers humming, while optimizing energy use—which is something deserving a hearty thumbs-up. About Alerton Founded in 1981, Alerton (a Honeywell business) is a leading manufacturer and pioneer of building management systems used in commercial and institutional buildings throughout the world, including high-rise offices, government facilities, universities, airports, hotels, schools and hospitals. In 2014, Alerton launched the Ascent Building Management System, which includes the Ascent Control Module (ACM), Microset4 wall sensors and Compass software—all designed for ease of use and optimum building control. Alerton building management systems are used in a wide range of buildings throughout the U.S., and internationally.
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