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Smart Energy Management: Improving your operational efficiency

A solution from Rogers and IES to reduce energy costs & power usage in your building.

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Sustainability was long seen as expensive, a nice to have if it could be justified. Today, all building stakeholders – occupants, investors, government regulators – increasingly see sustainable operations as essential.  But balancing the energy requirements of a building against sustainability goals and bottom-line pressures can be a challenge. Energy is not only one of the biggest potential expenses, but also one of the biggest drivers of greenhouse gas emissions for most buildings. How can building owners and managers make sure that power systems are both functioning efficiently and meeting the needs of occupants?   

The answer is Smart Energy Management Systems. A Smart Energy Management System optimizes technologies incorporated into a building’s infrastructure to help maximize efficiency, enhancing sustainability and enabling energy cost reductions.  

Adopting Smart Energy practices into your building creates many opportunities to help improve both your operations and your ROI on real-estate investments. In this article we will show you how by exploring the following areas:  

  1. Sustainability matters, but how do you achieve it? 

  1. The Importance of Planning and Starting Right 

  1. The Importance of Staying on Course 

  1. The top 4 things Smart Energy can do for your facility 

  1. What Smart Energy means for your organization    

Sustainability matters, but how do you achieve it?  

Today organizations face increasing energy reduction quotas that are mandated in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency has become ever more important for small and large organizations alike  

With this in mind Rogers has teamed up with industry leaders IES Ventures to support our client's requirements.  With over 30 years of assisting clients, IES can enable the design and rapid deployment of energy efficiency and emission reduction plans designed to match client scale and deliver both immediate returns and long-term value across real estate portfolios. Neither Rogers nor IES are beholden to a single manufacturer, solution, or process, so together we can create the best solution for each unique customer circumstance. We use the IES model, illustrated below, which is designed to bridge traditional operational silos to provide system-wide improvements.  

 The IES Model

The IES model 

Rogers and IES puts our customers first. We begin our customer journey with a thorough Benchmarking Analysis. The purpose is to clearly identify the initial design and use of the building from the outset. This process provides us pivotal insights into potential gaps and problems we can solve for. 

Rogers has teamed up with IES precisely because looking at all factors and aspects in one big picture helps us create efficiency and cost savings opportunities for our clients. 

The Importance of Planning and Starting Right  

It is important in all projects and technology adoptions to set a benchmark of where you are today and where you aim to be.  Energy efficiency isn't just about making change, it is making the right change.  This is especially true of Smart Energy Management.  Effectively viewing existing performance, benchmarking against other similar sites and prioritizing improvement plans is the critical first step.  Utilizing our mobile data collection and open communication platform allows you the ability to update your information base by inputing your existing data sources. It also helps ensure that all critical equipment and processes are recognized and tracked. The unique data collection method and performance updating provides clients with both time and cost efficiency. 

The Importance of Staying on Course 

Our Smart Energy solutions give you the right tools so that you can measure, validate and benchmark energy consumption to identify where and when your properties are leaking power and money. For example, sensors and connected devices can provide both full automation and near real-time manual control of lighting, plug load, demand management, and variable frequency drivers (VFD) for HVAC motors, among other power-consuming assets.  

These energy monitoring and control solutions make use of connected IoT technologies and strategies to create a variety of savings opportunities. The efficiencies multiply when solutions are implemented across additional sites. At the same time, granular reporting offers a record of how energy is being used so you can reconcile your utility costs and potentially find hidden ways to save money. 

The top 4 things Smart Energy can do for your facility  

  1. Better energy management creates a more welcoming and comfortable environment, enhancing employee productivity and satisfaction. By providing an ideal temperature, air, and lighting environment, employees and clients alike will feel more comfortable and energized within your building. 

  1. Occupantsincreasingly look for building owners that are focused on sustainable practices. 

  1. Less energy consumption equals both lower energy costs and reduced carbon emissions. This can lead to additional cost savings due to government incentives and programs for building owners who present energy efficiency improvements for tax-break consideration. 

  1. Smart Energy generates additional value, therefore additional ROI on your investment. By having additional Smart features and peak efficiency,  site operators can be confident that their money is being invested efficiently. 

What Smart Energy means for your organization 

When a Smart Energy system is implemented in your building, it can not only reduce energy costs and improve its efficiency, but help increase ROI in other ways. With a sustainable Smart Energy management plan in place, you are equipping your investment with future proof technologies. New tenants will know their energy costs are optimized, and the building is up to date with the latest energy management programs, making the building a more desirable place to be. 

This has become even more important in the wake of the COVID pandemic. Many buildings still have not completely rebounded from the sharp reduction in occupancy during the pandemic. A Smart Energy management system can help you better understand when and how various spaces are being used and reduce the energy consumption in underused areas or off-peak hours.  

Learn More & Speak to a Specialist: 

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Talk with a specialist to learn more about how Smart Energy Efficiency can assist with your business needs, here.