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4 Reasons A Building Energy Dashboard is More Than Just Eye Candy
Director of Business Development
Facility Automation Solutions
Think about the last time you walked into a hospital, office building, or university and saw a dashboard kiosk in the lobby. Did the display grab your attention? Was the information useful? The large screens and vibrant content really enhance the building atmosphere. But that is not all they do. There is a reason why building owners and facility managers are willing to spend money on a lobby dashboard. Here are four reasons why a dashboard, specifically a building energy dashboard, is more than just eye candy:
1. The Ability for Tasteful Self Promotion
Building dashboards give building owners and businesses a platform to
share with building occupants anything that puts them in a positive
light. Maybe the building is a LEED building, has had gains in energy
efficiency, or the company occupying the building recently received an
award. Building dashboards are a great way to engage building occupants
and share the good news without appearing arrogant.
2. Sustainability Efforts and Energy Efficiency Awareness
Companies spend a lot of time and money establishing LEED status for their building and working to enhance energy efficiency. There is currently an energy dashboard on the market that allows live and historical data from the building automation system to be displayed to building occupants. (www.vantagepointdisplay.com) Making this information available helps to increase awareness which could have a measurable impact on energy usage within a building. For instance, a university might use energy consumption data to create a competition between college dormitories. The dorm that uses the least amount of energy for the semester will win a pizza party. The live and historical data for each dorm can be displayed in a bar graph to let each dorm know where they stand during the semester. The idea is that students are more aware of energy consumption and that knowledge drives change throughout the campus.
How many times have you tried a new weight loss program or workout but
failed because you failed to have someone hold you accountable?
Accountability is a powerful tool that can be used to drive excellence
within your buildings. When the facilities team knows their building
energy data will be shared with the masses, they will feel accountable
for that data. As a result, they will work to find solutions that drive
down energy costs and put the team in a positive light. The energy
dashboard can also act as a motivator as the facilities team showcases
that they are making a difference during daily operations.
Building dashboards provide a great opportunity to communicate a wide variety of messages to building occupants. Examples of potential messages include cafeteria schedules, current weather forecasts, special events, or even building specific emergency messages. Regardless of the message, people appreciate information and this is just one more way to further serve your tenants.
So the next time you find yourself in a building lobby with a dashboard
kiosk, I hope you will take the time to engage and see what is
communicated. You may learn something about the building that goes
beyond screen deep.
About the Author
Matt Henderson is the Director of Business Development for Facility
Automation Solutions and a LEED Green Associate. He leverages
technology and software products to enhance building efficiency for
clients. He is a committed learner and is constantly striving to find
better ways to reduce energy consumption. Connect with Matt on
Facility Automation Solutions is a Jacksonville based controls company.
They integrate, commission, and service the most advanced system
control technologies available today. In addition, they are a software
integrator and work daily to provide additional cloud-based solutions
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