10 Aug '11, 8am

How to Get the Most from Monitoring Building Energy Use

How to Get the Most from Monitoring Building Energy Use

Not all energy is created equal. But it goes far beyond the renewable-vs-non-renewable sense that so many already consider. There are really three kinds of energy: Energy required for site activity, i.e. the purpose for which a business is in business; Energy required for the maintenance of the building, 24-7, regardless of activity, and which makes up the baseline energy use -- emergency lighting, stand-by water heaters; and Heating and cooling to keep the buildings at a comfortable temperature. You can also think of these energies in the context of dependence, for which there are also three categories: Energy is: dependent on business activity, dependent on nothing (i.e. it's constant), and dependent on weather (and insulation levels . . . and occupancy levels, potentially) When we look for patterns in energy use, these different energy types become very relevant. If you...

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