Energy dashboards for buildings are a bridge between BAU and a sustainable future:
According to JCI’s Hoffman, there are three factors behind the push toward adding dashboards. First, the cost of energy is a big driver. Depending on the building’s location—both geographically and on the site—the kWh cost of electricity and the cost of gas (natural or otherwise) plays a big role in the metrics a building owner might track.
Second, said Hoffman, the green movement drives owners to purchase dashboards. For some companies, green is a way of life, so a tool that helps track efficiency and usage is the logical next step. (See Kenneth Elovitz’s story on green liability, page 20.)
Finally, competition with other company facilities or similar buildings can work as a driver. Building managers push their buildings to be the best, to become the most efficient, and to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible.