4 Jun 2016
Energy demand is growing rapidly, and it is an important consideration for the future of sustainable building. Focusing on energy management and building controls can provide effective ways of saving energy in buildings. Controls are designed to deliver a comfortable environment for buildings while keeping the consumption of energy at the lowest possible levels. They are responsible for managing a building’s heating, cooling, and lighting, as well as many security systems. The best way to begin identifying the most effective means of energy use and achieving a fully sustainable building design is by collecting accurate data.
Controls based on supply and demand are the most energy-efficient approach. This is most effectively achieved when heating and cooling systems are turned off or lowered down when they are not needed. As energy accounts for a majority of the costs of operation in a building over its life cycle, managing by demand is a benefit to a building’s owner and its occupants. Current research shows that the operational aspects of energy management create improved interior environments, and it promotes the reduction of carbon emissions and energy costs.
Whether in new construction or a refurbished building, integrating efficient controls aids in the sustainable building process. With the improvements in technology, through remote access and programmable systems, achieving truly sustainable design in energy management is easier than ever. Ensuring that your energy system does not become outdated requires the ability to be programmable and flexible enough to change its usage and upgrade in order to benefit from technological advancements. Professional consulting engineers in Ireland can help improve controls for energy management and boost the efficiency of any building project.