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Occupant Comfort Could Be Your Key to a More Efficient Building

April 4, 2016 / by Max Dworkin

Although commercial and residential buildings consume approximately 40% of the total energy generated in the U.S., an average of 30% of that energy is completely wasted on inefficiencies.

And these inefficiencies can actually turn into significant discomfort for the people that are forced to work in those buildings. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever showed up at work in July and had to run home to grab a sweater.

Recently, Correlate co-hosted a webinar with our friends at CrowdComfort, that specifically addressed one way in which human interaction with modern technologies can serve to make buildings more efficient and the occupants of those buildings more comfortable at the same time. 

This post will cover some of the more salient points of the webinar if you were unable to attend.

Building Management & Efficiency Practices

Every building is different, but usually building management and energy efficiency practices can fall into one of two categories: non-existent or not enough.

Even buildings that are well managed and have invested in energy efficiency technologies are generally not doing enough to consider and address occupant comfort and this can have a severe impact on efficiency.

Human IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) has allowed a lot of energy efficiency data to be automated and optimized, from consumer products like Nest thermostats to large scale efforts by companies like GE, which has created a cloud-based analytics system specific to energy information collected from connected devices.

The IoT can be a lot of things. But it cannot be human. By allowing the human element to connect to this type of technology, it becomes possible to collect data that goes well beyond what any automated sensor could collect. That’s because a human being has the capacity to point out things, like decreased employee productivity, work spaces that are too loud, faucets that are dripping incessantly, and other comfort-based observations that would be impossible to turn into data without human input. With this expanded data set, building management has more opportunities than ever to fix inefficiencies and ultimately create a more comfortable workspace.

Going Further

But data is only one step towards energy efficiency. It is only when you are able to successfully turn this data into action that you can see real results and have an impact on occupants as well as the facility’s bottom line.

The Correlate methodology not only gives users access to top flight energy experts, but works closely with businesses in order to leverage the data they are already collecting (or to implement data collection procedures) into measureable change for the business.

If you want to learn more about occupant comfort and its impact on energy efficiency, be sure to download our eBook below.


Building Occupant Comfort

Topics: energy consumers

Max Dworkin

Written by Max Dworkin

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