06 Oct '11, 3pm

Microsoft Finds Quick Payback on Building IT Retrofits

With Greenbuild underway in Toronto, Microsoft and Accenture yesterday published a white paper showing how the IT giant has applied a "software retrofit" to its Redmond, Wash., campus, with impressive energy efficiency results. Microsoft, in partnership with Accenture and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, deployed smart building management systems on 2.6 million square feet of its corporate campus -- which totals 15 million square feet over 118 buildings. Through energy management, alarm management and fault detection and diagnosis, Microsoft expects to save more than $1 million per year in energy costs, with a payback time of less than 18 months. The findings of the project, which is intended in part to be a learning experience to understand the potential and limitations of current building management systems, can be put to work for almost any company. As Microso...

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