Predictive technology is an innovative way to improve energy efficiency in business buildings. It performs routine analytics on equipment to determine or predict when routine maintenance should be performed. Scientific Conservation Incorporated is one of the leading developers of predictive analysis technology. One of their main products is SCIwatch, a remote energy analytics platform that manages data collection, warehousing, diagnostics, and work order issuance and tracking.
SCIwatch is actually a commercial form of artificial intelligence, and employs neural networks or algorithms to recognize patterns in energy waste and conservation. It factors in variables like maintenance costs or unnecessary energy consumption to track energy efficiency.
A good idea is to shut down your computer, and all lights when leaving your office. If this is enforced throughout the building, this can save a lot of energy as well. But these are minor in comparison to what some companies have done in taking green initiatives. The LEED program promotes sustainable building practices through a systematic rating procedure conducted by its board of international members. This ensures that many countries are involved in the project and are contributing to it on an ongoing basis, implementing its technologies the world over. It is flexible enough to extend to both business and residential buildings. LEEDs was a topic on greenanswers already if you want to check out the link below.
It is an indirect way of saving energy through conservation but making an office paperless is always a great idea if possible. Most offices have computers and internets so there is not usually a large upstart cost. They can more than earn it back by saving all the money that they used to spend on printer paper. It indirectly then saves the energy it would have taken paper manufacturing to produce it.
Cooling buildings is one of the biggest (about 20%) contributions to electricity consumption in the United States, where most electricity is still derived from coal plants (see link below), by far the worst greenhouse gas polluter of any electricity-producing technology. Buildings that are retrofitted to do with very little (or better, without) air conditioning would go a long way.
Better insulation; use of window overhangs; solar panels; or even vertical and rooftop planting (another form of insulation, plus other benefits) could dramatically decrease a building’s electricity consumption.
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