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Indoor Climate Automation Can Save You Time and Money – Here’s How

30 Nov. 2021
Indoor Climate Automation Can Save You Time and Money – Here’s How

With building automation, saving time, energy, and money is simple.

Whether it’s an industrial building, a hotel, a restaurant, or any other type of commercial building – building automation is there to manage your facility from any place and at any time, mitigating workload and making life easier for both management and employees. 


So, what is building automation?


A Building Automation System (BAS) relies on predictive technology that monitors performance, controls building equipment, and allows for remote scheduling of a facility’s capabilities. Building automation’s ultimate goal is to achieve complete autonomous control of an entire facility. 


BAS keeps indoor climate within a specified range, while reducing building energy consumption and lowering maintenance costs – making building expenses considerably lower.  


The recognition and demand for building automation


The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) latest assessment of energy technologies (2015), revealed that U.S. buildings account for about 76% of electricity use and 40% of all primary energy use and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

Another study revealed that the major areas of energy consumption in buildings are heating, ventilation, and air conditioning—35% of total building energy; lighting—11%; major appliances (water heating, refrigerators and freezers, dryers)—18% with the remaining 36% in miscellaneous areas including electronics (US Department of Energy). In each case, “there are opportunities both for improving the performance of system components (e.g., improving the efficiency of lighting devices) and improving the way they are controlled as a part of integrated building systems” (US Department of Energy).

This is where building automation comes in. Whereas an upgrade to a single component or isolated system can result in energy savings of 5–15%, a smart building with integrated systems can realize 30–50% savings in existing buildings that are otherwise inefficient. Savings can reach 2.37 kWh/sq. Ft. (ACEEE)

Building automation is about more than improving energy and equipment efficiency. In a Building and Environment study, researchers found that working in a green-certified building actually had a positive effect on cognitive function and health. In fact, “doubling ASHRAE minimum ventilation rates with energy-efficient HVAC systems can add 8% in productivity gains per person per year.” The effects of building automation aren’t just in terms of energy savings, but they also help to reduce workloads and make their workdays simpler and more efficient.

So, how does it work?

The BAS combines predictive technologies with customized preferences to create ultimate personalized control. Facility managers can choose the settings they prefer, accommodating guests, residents, tenants, and visitors based on comfort and optimizing options for ultimate financial savings and energy efficiency.

Take a look at Setpoint’s Climate Intelligence Platform

The Climate Intelligence platform connects to all heating and cooling end-units and detects all relevant parameters – temperature, humidity, occupancy, openings, etc in every room. Applying sophisticated data models and deep learning algorithms, the fully integrated system allows commercial building operators to monitor and control the climate in every room from any place using any device.

As a building owner, your main goal is to cut costs, reduce workloads, and make tasks easier for all employees. The Climate Intelligence platform allows you to lessen daily responsibilities, automating tasks that would otherwise have to be done by hand, and therefore saving time on unnecessary burdens.

With AI-driven technology, you can automate the building’s equipment, accessing real-time data no matter when or where you may be. Employees will be relieved with the amount of time they will save and therefore pleased with their increased productivity.

Moreover, the BAS responds to changing conditions, synchronizing with the current indoor and outdoor climates, enabling the system to save maximum energy when the building isn’t occupied. By learning the comfort patterns as changes occur, the Climate Intelligence Platform creates a personalized experience for every building occupant. 

As a building manager, you’re already busy enough. Climate automation can expedite and facilitate all your duties and responsibilities, allowing you to prioritize your time and make better use of it. 


Discover more about Setpoint’s Climate Intelligence Platform and how it can save your building time and money: