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Energy and Smart Building Industry Blog
The last 12 months have given property managers, building owners, and even construction leaders a lot to consider. Resiliency and efficiency of buildings have been more critical. Security and other concerns have also surfaced, especially when people might not be coming into the office regularly.
Energy conservation is a global concern, and governments worldwide are developing policies to place mandates on consumption. These regulations will require programs and protocols that track and isolate ways to reduce usage. California has developed a new metric based on normalized metered energy consumption, or NMEC. These regulations provide energy savings data that help improve building performance.
Managing occupant comfort levels has always been a tricky science. The pandemic has made this even more challenging, with the addition of required safety masks. Many people feel constricted when wearing a face covering, which complicates airflow and comfortable room temperature perceptions. With this psychological aspect intermingled with the need to adjust settings to increase fresh air circulation, building operators face finding a magic formula that keeps customers happy and safe.
PhoenixET is grateful to CPower for collaborating on an energy project to enhance control and deliver savings for customers during demand response (DR) events. CPower has released a case study highlighting the collaboration, which we outline below.