Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about running a business and managing finances. To assist the non-profit, Schneider Electric donated EcoStruxure Building Expert, its intelligent building management system, to three Junior Achievement locations in Tennessee.
However, these facilities posed a challenge: all three were existing buildings and one was more than 100 years old. Building Expert was selected because it uses wireless and cloud technology to provide access and control for such situations.
The solution provides real-time, remote visibility and control of all HVAC, lighting and power metering devices. The customizable platform is designed to provide an enterprise of small to mid-sized buildings with the capability to manage energy consumption, convenient system utilization, and occupant comfort.
All three JA buildings were upgraded with the following system:
• SE8000 Series intelligent room controllers (with ZigBee® wireless communications)
• Occupancy sensors, linked to an EnOcean® lighting relay
• Wireless light relays to turn lighting on/off based on occupancy
• A power meter for incoming power feed that measures power consumption and trends
• Multi-Purpose Manager (MPM) controllers to aggregate data and serve as gateway for controlling systems
A dashboard that simplifies remote control of set point adjustments, proactive maintenance, set equipment schedules, monitoring energy consumption and trend equipment performance.
sensors, supply air temperature sensors which and outdoor air temperature sensors provide important data to help with equipment efficiency and diagnostics.
The EcoStruxure Building Expert dashboard provides instant access for controlling and scheduling heating, cooling and lighting, power spikes and monitor usage trends. Junior Achievement executives are now able to monitor and manage their facilities from any location with a computer or tablet. And with motion sensors, lights and HVAC are never left on in unoccupied areas.
This will serve as a basis to expand EcoStruxure™ Building Expert into all Junior Achievement buildings nationwide. The cloud-based solution would provide Junior Achievement’s higher management with visibility into their entire enterprise of facilities, making it possible to conduct energy studies and better use the facility upgrade budgets.
Although the building management systems are new, Junior Achievement is already seeing results, allowing the organization to redirect operational and energy savings to other programs.