CytexOne Helps New York City Building Owners Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Commercial buildings consume approximately 20 percent of all energy in the United States. By implementing commercial energy management strategies, the American business sector can create jobs, save money, reduce its dependence on oil imports, and make the air cleaner. The Better Buildings Initiative proposes increased energy efficiency by 2020 through a series of incentives to upgrade offices, stores, schools and other municipal buildings, universities, hospitals, and other commercial spaces.
In order to make American businesses more energy efficient a series of new initiatives have been proposed including:
• New tax incentives for building efficiency
• More financing opportunities for commercial retrofits
• “Race to Green” for state and municipal governments that streamline regulations and attract private investment for retrofit projects
• Training the next generation of commercial building technology workers
In 2012, New York City adopted energy disclosure laws, requiring commercial buildings, 50,000 square feet and greater, to publicly reveal the energy performance of the buildings. The impact of the law has caused many C-suite real estate executives to inquire about the energy performance of their buildings and what can be done to outperform their competitors. The broader real estate market will also be impacted by access to lots of energy data. Real estate investors and tenants looking to rent space can now use the energy rankings to further evaluate potential properties. Companies that own buildings with poor Energy Star ratings will want to invest resources to improve those properties that are underperforming compared to their competition.
With so much ripe opportunity for improved energy efficiency, where do executives start? Here CytexOne highlights some of the greatest return on investment options as it relates to commercial energy management.
1. Optimize HVAC systems and cut cooling and heating costs. Building operators can monitor and adjust the temperature in customized and automated ways based on the time of day or the season of the year. HVAC dependence can be further minimized by automating the shades, which aid in reducing heat gain in the summer and can harvest heat during winter months.
2. Integrate lighting solutions to reduce energy consumption. By installing occupancy sensors, dimmers, and energy efficient bulbs, building owners and operators will see a significant reduction in the amount of energy consumed. When combined, lighting and shading solutions not only save energy and reduce some environmental impacts, but these solutions also contribute points to attaining a LEED building certification.
3. Monitor energy usage in real-time with access to remote monitoring. Continuous monitoring will enable building operators to immediately flag consumption fluctuations or other irregularities, which could indicate a larger mechanical issue or possible malfunction. Remote monitoring ensures each system is operating at its highest capability and is producing the expected energy and cost savings.
4. Invest in subscription-based remote diagnostics. CytexOne’s proprietary software, Atlas, automatically adjusts a systems’ performance, repairs problems before human detection, and notifies engineers of a problem – often before a device or system fails. The system can also communicate directly with facility managers and management via desktops, smartphones, and tablets.
Smart commercial buildings use technology to optimize energy efficiency, occupant comfort, safety, and more by making use of connected systems and data. CytexOne enables facility managers to analyze and respond to information and make decisions that reduce costs and automate routine tasks. To learn more about how commercial energy management can impact your business, contact one of our energy management specialists at 212-792-6700.