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How Building Automation Saves Energy And Money

For many businesses Building automation is a mature and proven system for controlling a building to optimize comfort while reducing energy and maintenance costs. There remain, however a significant number of buildings and businesses that have not yet realized the benefits of Building Automation. Introducing building controls can to a building is often one of the sure stand fastest ways for companies to save money. Building automation takes care of a variety of issues. Here are some of the main reasons you should consider adding building automation at your business.

  • Lower electricity and natural gas costs – Probably the number one reason so many companies consider building automation is because they usually save about 15 percent of the cost of annual energy consumption. That can equate to about 20 to 40 cents in electricity costs saved per square foot of space.

  • Maintained comfort levels – One of the problems managers and business owner’s face is ensuring the comfort of both clients and employees, and there is no easier or more efficient way to manage comfort levels than with controls that are computerized. They keep the temperature and humidity levels even throughout the building and ensure that adequate light levels are delivered over different times and seasons. This reduces the amount of energy that’s wasted.

  • Increased property values – In general, a commercial building’s value is usually set in relation to the net operating income from the space. So by lowering electricity costs, the net operating income is increased. Every 10 cents per square foot that’s saved in electricity costs has the potential to increase the building’s market value by 80 cents per square foot. To really put that into perspective, a $100,000 square foot building could suddenly become worth an extra $120,000 (over its original value) after electricity costs are cut by 15 cents per square foot.

  • Reduced complaints from occupants – When the building is more comfortable, you also have to deal with fewer complaints from the building’s occupants. The result is higher morale and a more productive atmosphere.

  • Better productivity – Building automation also creates better air quality and ventilation, which reduces employee sick time and helps employees be more productive. Some estimates indicate that the value comes out to about $20 per square foot.

  • Lower maintenance costs – By controlling indoor air quality a building owner can reduce total run time on heating and cooling equipment. Reduced run time will result in less “mileage” which in turn significantly decreases repair costs over time.

  • Simplified building operations – It can be hard to gauge what’s happening in all parts of your building, especially if it is very large. However, computerized controls and displays make it easy for you to see what the equipment in all parts of the building is doing, even when that equipment is in crawl spaces or up on the roof. It is much easier to see which piece of equipment is malfunctioning so that it can be repaired much more quickly.

Building Automation Systems

Let Sandcastle Energy Systems provide your business with the necessary advantages of reliable remote monitoring, trending, and alarming at a price that your business can afford. Sandcastle Energy Systems Alliance is designed to meet the needs of a commercial businesses by providing robust, HVAC related service and support for both national and regional customers. Sandcastle is an alliance of professional HVAC, refrigeration and electrical contractors that can answer the call of any customer, even if they have locations all over Canada. Call Sandcastle Energy Systems Alliance today to find out more about building automation. 905.607.2489 or 1-877.453.0553.