Holistic, real-time building systems management will push green standards

September 17, 2012 |
Dwight Perkins

Information technology is becoming a key feature in sustainable design, as energy-consuming systems are being integrated into energy management platforms that take a holistic approach to building performance. The significant efficiency gains that can be realized by these centralized energy management systems at reasonable costs mean that green standards are bound to take them into account.

This convergence of IT and physical infrastructure in the built environment is providing building owners and occupants with actionable information about a building or space that allows them to manage space more effectively. This capability can also be used in a recommissioning program to fine-tune building system performance.

The promise of this technology has spurred collaboration between building owners and information technology firms. One example is large property owner/manager Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), which enlisted Pacific Controls to create the platform system IntelliCommand. In November 2011, JLL began using IntelliCommand for 24/7, real-time remote monitoring and control capabilities that ensure that all buildings systems operate at peak efficiency.

The platform combines cloud-based, automation technology with flesh-and-blood facility management experts to operate global building portfolios at peak efficiency. IntelliCommand is expected to reduce energy costs by an estimated 18% in the first two years of operations.


Dwight Perkins | Codes and Standards

Dwight Perkins is the Senior Director of Field Operations for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and orchestrates the code adoption efforts of 11 other IAPMO Field Service regions as well as directly working with the state code agencies in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon. Mr. Perkins has more than 35 years experience in the plumbing industry starting as an Apprentice in Alaska moving through the ranks to become a Journeyman Plumber and Business Manager of with UA Local 262. Prior to joining IAPMO, Perkins served in the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly while worked as Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. He is extremely familiar with the demands jurisdictions face on a daily basis and he is particularly well suited to address those needs. Mr. Perkins may be contacted at IAPMO at 503-982-1193 or email dwight.perkins@IAPMO.org

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