6/23/2015 10:04 AM
Energy auditors ask a lot of questions when performing an audit. One question they don’t ask is, “What software do you use for room scheduling?”
They don’t ask this question because room scheduling is not usually a function of facility operations. Room scheduling is usually performed by administrative personnel in a different department. It is not considered to be related to saving energy in buildings.
But this needs to change. Energy auditors need to start asking every client “What software do you use for room scheduling?”
They need to ask this question because room scheduling software can be integrated with lighting, HVAC and security systems to automatically control building systems based on room schedules. This integration maximizes energy savings by eliminating heating and cooling empty rooms between classes, meetings, and special events.
Let’s consider some common examples:
In all of these examples, if energy auditor knows that the client is using a compatible room scheduling software, the auditor can consider schedule integration when evaluating the clients’ systems to maximize energy savings. But the auditor will not have this option if they don’t ask the question!
Purchasing a new BAS or installing occupancy sensors in every room can be very expensive. The ROI is often measured in years or even decades. But schedule integration is a software solution. There are no physical components to purchase, mount, or wire. With this solution, ROI is measured in months. Clients who choose this option can begin saving energy immediately, and use that savings to fund other energy efficiency projects and system upgrades.
So read some case studies about this type of integration, take a look at this sample integration spec you can modify for clients who have compatible systems, and start asking each client “What software do you use for room scheduling?”
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