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Lost in Data Overload? Building Information Management Can Help
The above graph shows the distribution of hourly temperature and humidity measurements from 12AM to 12PM each day of the week.
In today’s smart buildings where thousands or tens of thousands of parameters are being measured, the amount of data streaming to professionals responsible for animal care, energy conservation, health and safety, and facilities can quickly become overwhelming. Not only are there the standard building systems, there will most likely be a plethora of specialized systems as well. Fortunately for users and building operators, solutions are evolving in terms of remote data storage, diagnostic analytics, and data visualization, which can relieve users from having to cope with these large volumes of data to achieve some productive benefit.Reasons for collecting data are many and well established. The desire for energy related data is driven by corporate goals and in some cases government mandates to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases. The advent of smaller, more economical sensors and controllers allow for monitoring of practically everything. Now think of a building with all of its control systems and all the parameters that can conceivably be measured and you get thousands or tens of thousands of data points.Service providers often utilize data centers rather than servers to collect and store large volumes of data. Your business is to manage a facility or support or perform research. Their business is to manage your data, ensure its integrity, and make it available on demand. Some of these service providers will apply their domain expertise to provide analysis or diagnostic services while others will simply make the data available to third parties for analytic services.
What should you do with this data and how can it be transformed into actionable information? Read the full article to find out.
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Smart Business: Jackson LaboratoryHartford Business Journal:
JAX Lands $1.2M Energize Incentive
To help its sustainability efforts, the Jackson Laboratory of Bar Harbor, Maine, received a $1.2 million Energize Connecticut incentive for its new Farmington facility, which has since been certified LEED Gold. Prior to construction of the Genomic Medicine lab in Farmington, which opened in October, Senior Facilities Director John Fitzpatrick worked with Hartford utility Eversource Energy to utilize Energize Connecticut programs and create
a customized plan to reduce the lab’s energy footprint.The energy-saving measures implemented during construction of the 184,000 square foot building will save JAX Genomic Medicine more than $620,000 a year on its energy bill. The total cost of the efficiency portion of the project was roughly $2.4 million, so after incentives covered half of that, the payback will be less than two years. That helped achieve the Gold level of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program.
One of the most effective measures installed was a facility monitoring system by Aircuity used to regulate ventilation throughout the labs. For climates like Connecticut’s where it is cold in the winter and hot and humid in the summer, an Aircuity system reduces the amount of outside air required to provide safe ventilation rates in the facility, therefore minimizing the amount of energy to heat or cool the building. Standard occupied ventilation rates typically call for air to be refreshed 12 times per hour. JAX Genomic Medicine’s Aircuity system is so effective that laboratory air only has to be refreshed four times per hour, an energy savings of 66% compared to standard control systems.
Other energy efficiency measures include pipe and duct insulation, energy saving light bulbs and occupancy sensors, high efficiency air handling and control systems, and customized water cooling technology.
“JAX Genomic Medicine is a great example of how commercial and industrial customers achieve bottom line savings, even before the shovels hit the ground on a new construction project,” said Enoch Lenge, energy efficiency spokesperson at Eversource.
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