Schneider Electric’s Building Analytics makes maintenance a measurable benefit

Building-management systems can provide a mass of data that can be used to identify opportunities for saving energy in buildings and to plan maintenance requirements. But according to Steve Harris, UK sales and marketing director with Schneider Electric, that data is seldom used effectively, so the industry doesn’t fulfil customer needs. In addition, the pressure to reduce maintenance costs has led to fewer people being on site and less training.

Schneider Electric’s response has been to develop its cloud-based Building Analytics service to access the operational data from a building and turn it into actionable intelligence to help building and facilities manager identify savings opportunities and actionable inefficiencies.

Data from most modern building-management systems can be accessed and used to provide detailed reports identifying opportunities for saving cost and energy. They are prioritised by impact on energy use, cost savings and tenant control.

Diagnostics can go down to equipment level to document performance, allowing auditable results of capital investment programmes.

Steve Harris summarises one of the main benefits of the Building Analytics service as ‘taking maintenance from being a cost to a measurable benefit’.

An important part of the service is expert analysis of these reports to identify the top five issues and prioritise them.

The Building Analytics service also provides automated fault detection and diagnostics.

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