Availability of energy
The continuity of service is a key advantage and the availability of energy is crucial to avoid disruption and economic losses: EcoStruxure Facility Expert Small Business of Schneider Electric – easy to install and configure – is the simple cloud solution, innovative and free is suited to meet to the needs of small commercial realities.
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- Establish the range of action – It is important to know the number and location of HVAC and building automation systems – air conditioners, boilers, fan coils – to understand how much energy they use and which ones are needed to manage the environmental conditions in the building
- Precisely Determine System Architecture – Understand which resources and systems are connected to the building management system (BMS) and which ones require manual control. In this way it is possible to intervene efficiently and systemically
- Record Changes – Keep a record of expected settings under normal conditions and new conditions for empty or underutilized offices. This makes it easier to reset the conditions of the return to normal, ensuring the right well-being for people, the performance of HVAC systems and avoiding safety risks.
- Taking into account climatic differences – It is essential to be able to modulate the settings for heating or air conditioning systems that cannot be the same in any room of a building
- Take advantage of all settings – Increasing the difference between the typical settings for days when offices would normally be empty (e.g. weekends) and normal use settings
- Maintain comfort for people present – Even when offices are empty, there may be people involved in security or maintenance who will need ambient comfort, lighting. They will not need to use or intervene on all areas of the building, so it is important to adjust the parameters of the different areas carefully
- Consider the new load levels – Adapting HVAC systems does not only mean lowering the temperature a few degrees, but it is necessary to take into account the lower energy demands of empty or semi-empty buildings. In fact, the environmental comfort systems are calibrated for normal operation
- Changing the ventilation systems – When a building is little used, it is possible to flexibly act on the temperature levels to be maintained; it is possible to rely on external cooling by limiting the demand for energy
- Controlling Humidity – Changing the temperature settings also requires changing the humidity levels to avoid mold growth
- Adjust fans, hoods and freezers – Kitchens and labs are equipped with fans and hoods that often operate 24/7, but may not be of any use if buildings are empty or underused
Establish the range of action . First, take note of the most important assets of HVAC and building automation systems – air conditioners, fans, boilers…: the key components that will consume energy and will serve to manage the environmental conditions in the building.
- Precisely determine the system architecture. Understanding which assets are connected to the building management system (BMS), which ones are not and therefore require manual control. By having a comprehensive view, it is possible to be comprehensive and make necessary adjustments efficiently.
- Record the changes , so you do not forget – before making any changes, it is essential to record both settings should be in normal condition, and the new conditions. Losing this information could make it really difficult to return to normal, creating problems of well-being for people, problems with the performance of HVAC systems, security risks.
- Take climate differences into account . For those who operate managing multiple facilities around the world, it is essential to realize that the settings for heating or air conditioning systems cannot be the same everywhere: it seems obvious, but in complex moments like this, it is possible that something is missing!
- Take advantage of all the opportunities to act “in depth” : for example, increasing the difference between the typical settings of the days when the offices would normally have been empty (eg weekends) and the settings for normal use.
- Maintain comfort for the staff who still remain on site : even in an empty office there will be people, such as security officers or staff who have to take care of maintenance. They will need ambient comfort, light, but they will not use certain areas of the building such as meeting rooms, canteens etc. It is therefore important to adjust these parameters carefully.
- Also consider the new BTU load levels : adapting HVAC systems is not simply a matter of lowering the temperature on the thermostats a few degrees. We must also take into account the lower BTU loads that occur in an empty or semi-empty building (for example the lower heat produced by people, their computers …) and the fact that the HVAC systems present will most likely be designed to manage higher loads.
- Change the ventilation and economizer systems . When a building is used little or not at all, there is more flexibility in the temperature levels to be maintained; therefore, for example, you can turn off the ventilation and rely instead on a cooling obtained with outside air, using economizers – this reduces the energy demand.
- Keep humidity under control : if you change the temperature settings, don’t forget the humidity – mold, damp can become a problem if you don’t calibrate the dew points inside.
- Adjust fans, hoods, fridge, freezer . Kitchens and workshops have fans and hoods that often run 24/7, but which may not be needed if the building is not in use. The same goes for fridge and freezer: if you don’t need to store food, turning them off is another way to save energy.