The Importance of Energy Data and How to Collect it for Building Efficiency
Energy, energy, energy. How can we capture energy data and actually do something with it?
In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of energy data and how it can be collected for building efficiency. Here is what we're going to discuss:
Energy data is crucial for building efficiency. It helps us understand the overall use of a building and its correlation between operation and occupancy. The way we are using buildings has changed, it’s much more dynamic and HVAC systems are not equipped to handle it.
Energy data helps building managers make the building more efficient and adjust to new usage patterns. Energy data also provides a story about assets, not just numbers. It helps us understand energy consumption in conjunction with usage, which helps provide strategies for achieving net-zero carbon emissions.
There are three different scopes of energy data:
The three main personas are executives, operational, and analytical.
Buildings generate data every second, and there are two types of data: transactional and analytical data. Smart meters are used to collect data, and there are several ways to collect it, such as via sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and building automation systems. The data is then processed, and algorithms are applied to make sense of it.
Automation is crucial for data collection, especially since buildings generate so much data. Contextualization is also essential to add context to the data collected. Data points are not just points; they are a network, and it is essential to understand the correlations between them. Finally, action is necessary to trigger an action based on the data collected. For example, if a room is empty, the heating should be turned off, even if it is a Monday at 3 pm.
In conclusion, energy data is essential for building efficiency, and it helps us achieve net-zero carbon emissions. The three main personas that benefit from energy data are executives, operational, and analytical. Smart meters, sensors, IoT devices, and building automation systems are used to collect data, and automation, contextualization, and options automation are necessary to make the process more efficient. By collecting and analyzing energy data, we can help building managers make informed decisions to achieve better investments in space for zero carbon emission in the future.
This article was inspiried by our Head of Solution Design, Mario. He recently hosted a segment on our live product demo titled, Understanding Energy. You can watch the full demo below.