Multi-Location BAS Integration for Facilities

May 11, 2015 By Mid-Atlantic Controls 3 minute read

For companies with large retail or office locations across a region or the entire country, facility management can easily become a logistical nightmare, especially when data isn’t being gathered consistently from location to location. Top level execs overseeing corporate facilities and energy use need to be able to understand the data being gathered to report expenditures and forecast future expenses accurately, quickly and easily. The less time it takes to understand the data, the better.

Making Sense Out of Conflicting Data

Businessman-with-tablet-46371928.jpgData consistency is one the biggest challenges faced by high level facility executives. If data generated at a location in Maine doesn’t look anything like the data generated at a location in Oregon, how do you go about reporting that information to superiors? Maybe these locations were built at separate times and technology has changed. Maybe the selection of building automation and energy management systems was left up to the discretion of two different builders. Regardless of how it happened, we come across many large corporate facility teams trying to make sense out of data that doesn’t really add up.

Create Consistent Data Collection at Every Location

One of the splendors of open-platform building control technology, is that new BAS equipment can potentially integrate and communicate with old BAS equipment. New locations get built as the need arises, so it’s not uncommon to come across multi-location businesses with a variety of different building and energy automation systems of varying brands, styles and ages. Corporate facility managers don’t have time to sift through stacks of data and try to make sense of dozens or even hundreds of different reports that haven’t been collected consistently.

This is where multi-site BAS equipment comes in and makes everyone in the facilities department look like geniuses. Setting up a BAS system that communicates data in a precise manner from location to location can provide invaluable analytics, reports, graphs and real-time data that gives corporate facility managers the ability to easily grasp where energy is being used and report that information to the next level of corporate executives.

Energy Reduction Helps More Than Just the Bottom Line

At the end of the day, everyone in a corporation has a duty to increase profits for shareholders. Reducing energy costs is a great way to boost net profits, while having a positive impact on the environment at the same time. For multi-site businesses with locations across the country, a 10% reduction in energy costs can have a profound effect on the bottom line. Although this kind of reduction may only provide a 1-2% net increase to profit margins, a lot of businesses and especially large retail businesses with thin margins can really appreciate how those numbers add up on a large scale.

Being able to boost a major, corporate-wide energy reduction project is good for the environment and is an excellent PR opening. There’s the possibility to win awards and be recognized for energy reduction efforts, and copious new opportunities to tote that age-old-phrase, “making the world a better place.” Statistically, the millennial generation cares more about environmental impact than any previous generation. If you hope to draw the best talent for the next 20 to 30 years, you better have a positive corporate image and be able to harmonize with this eco-friendly value system.

Extend the Life of Building Equipment

Two neighbors in a small apartment building go out and purchase identical window-unit air conditioners. One man leaves his on full blast, 24/7, all summer long, even when out of town. The other man meticulously sets his unit based on need and shuts it off when away. The man taxing his unit excessively is likely going to see performance drop sooner and need a new unit before the man taking care of his system carefully.

Systems like HVACs have a finite lifespan. The longer a piece of equipment lasts and performs optimally, the more overall value it provides to the company and the higher its total ROI will be. More downtime and longer lifespan is one of the outstanding secondary results of a building automation system. For companies with locations all over the country, extending the life of equipment can add up considerably and have a huge impact on the bottom line.

A multi-location building automation system has the potential to reduce energy consumption, accumulate more consistent data, increase equipment ROI and increase profit margins. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about the impact a multi-location BAS could have on your business.

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