Sustainability and efficiency are nowadays at the top of the public agenda. Vendors, suppliers, customers and the public at large are looking at products and services through the lens of environmental change. Companies are striving to meet increasing innovation demands in product development and customer service, while carefully juggling resources and striving for the lowest climate impact.

Maintaining a business that’s simultaneously environmentally and commercially sustainable, across the entire supply chain, has never been more difficult nor more important.

All eyes on HVAC as highest energy consumer in buildings

Energy consumption is a major cause for concern in the buildings sector, where heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration or HVAC systems are responsible for up to 60% of a commercial building’s energy consumption. All large commercial buildings have HVAC failures and much of the spent energy is wasted because of malfunctions in either the equipment itself or in the logic control systems.

An example of such an issue is when a building area gets caught up in a heating and cooling loop. This happens when, due to a malfunction, the HVAC cools the room down to a temperature below the occupant-set temperature levels and then its control system tries to adjust for the drop and tells it to heat it back up again to a comfortable level. The occupants are never aware of the problem so the facility manager is never alerted and equipement technicians are in the dark.

The glitch may be discovered as a result of the high electricity bills. Costs can add up even more as field service engineers struggle to first identify the correct cause for the spike in the energy consumption and then service and repair the equipment.

Three use cases leading to improved energy efficiency and customer satisfaction

Problems like these can be solved by using IoT technologies to capture data from HVAC and other building sensors, analyse it to search for wasteful patterns, contextualise it with relevant information from other data sources and take actions when and where it matters.

Here are three use cases that our customers have identified as leading to overall better energy efficiency in buildings, on top of the immediate benefits that they bring in improved customer service and product field support:

Read more about how the Waylay platform empowers smart energy solution providers to achieve more with IoT energy consumption data

Three technologies supporting data-driven energy efficiency initiatives

To support energy efficiency applications, IoT solutions need to be conceptualized from the start with these things in mind:

With data-driven energy management initiatives, commercial buildings can become sustainable by optimizing equipment operations while still maintaining overall comfort for building occupants and business-critical systems in check.

Learn more

The Waylay platform provides state of the art data analytics and automation software tools that suppliers of smart building solutions (HW and SW) can leverage to bring next generation solutions to market.

Download this solution brief to see how we helped a customer realise a more robust and trustworthy energy consumption model for alarm generation, reducing false positives and reducing manual intervention by human supervisors.

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