Benefits of Integrating Lighting and HVAC ControlsToday’s Facility Manager, October 30, 2014
Facility directors looking for ways to improve building performance, reduce energy consumption, and shrink their structure’s environmental footprint would do well to focus first on their lighting, cooling, space heating, and ventilation systems. Depending on building type and other factors, these systems account for 60-70% of a typical building’s total energy consumption, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. As building automation systems (BAS) continue to evolve and improve, facility directors can use these systems’ capabilities to integrate lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
An energy audit is a good place to start; it is a good exercise to start looking for ways to improve building performance. The audit can provide the data needed to identify, prioritize, and implement energy efficiency measures, many of which pay for themselves in five years or less.
Energy audits provide vital information about how the building is operating, reveal energy efficiency opportunities, and make sure HVAC, lighting and other building systems are operating effectively and efficiently. Many organizations work with an energy services company (ESCO) or qualified energy engineer to conduct their audits.