Estimates show that buildings consume 42% of the world’s energy, and HVAC and lighting systems account for up to 71% of that usage. Power problems are responsible for over half of equipment downtime in most buildings, but facility managers often overlook power management and instead focus on mechanical equipment operations.
Leveraging power management can improve energy use, enhance occupant comfort, reduce maintenance costs and emergencies, and continuously optimize building performance. Advantages include:
- Maximized equipment performance – Managing power quality helps facility managers to quickly identify and correct wasted power and harmful effects on HVAC equipment.
- Avoided loss of capacity – A power quality monitoring system can notify operators when harmonic distortion exceeds a predetermined level, so they can take steps to protect electrical components.
- Verified energy bills – Power management provides the intelligence to read kilowatt hours and compare with tariffs published in the utility contract, empowering owners and operators to discover and act upon any billing errors.
By linking power management and building management systems, electrical and mechanical systems can run better together. Software options are:
- Stand-alone power management software provides centralized visibility of power use and how it relates to equipment performance and lifespan.
- Software integrated with a BMS delivers a single, unified system view, making expert-level power information accessible by mechanical staff for a holistic view of building operations.
To learn more about the affects of power monitoring and management for buildings, download the Schneider Electric white paper “The Impact of Power Management on Building Performance and Energy Costs.”