Live-to-web data feed reveals energy savings

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An Australian-made demonstration of how to cut commercial buildings’ energy use by providing building managers with timely energy performance information is now live on the web.

Pulse, a new digital tool hosted by Green Buildings Alive updates in near real-time, providing insight into real Australian office buildings in unprecedented detail. According to Green Buildings Alive, building managers may miss the opportunity for energy savings in existing systems because there is little visibility in the system’s technical performance.
Therefore, it has merged data science, visualisations and building management techniques in one tool. Updating every 24 hours, simple, timely and actionable building energy data is provided to building operators, allowing them to see the effects of adjustments they make.
Green Buildings Live believes that this new feature will be of great value to engineers, building landlords and experts striving for low-carbon cities. It says it highlights the ‘ghost in the machine’: the real people who continually optimise each building’s systems to deliver real, measurable improvements for a more sustainable future.
Craig Roussac, director of the Investa Sustainability Institute, comments, “What we are doing here might look simple, but the practice draws from nearly a decade of measuring and monitoring what really makes a building greener. We’ve learnt that sustainability in our sector doesn’t have to mean a fancy façade or expensive technology.
“Real, measurable energy savings are the bedrock of the radical changes on the horizon for cites worldwide,” he states. “Big buildings are with us for thirty to a hundred years, and we should be fine tuning them every single day. Whether you are motivated by higher electricity prices, carbon taxes, or property investment returns, everyone needs to get their electricity demand under control.”

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