Energy Management

Environmental & Risk Management

Energy Management

With high energy costs, mandates to reduce carbon emissions, and sustainability efforts gaining more visibility, effective energy management has become a critical practice for forward-looking organizations. ARCHIBUS Energy Management provides the means to easily aggregate, evaluate, and optimize energy and utility spending decisions to reduce unnecessary consumption and costs. Unlike spreadsheets or finance software alone, Energy Management helps users correlate and manage extensive cost data with real-time facility and infrastructure portfolio information to track energy expenditures against a business plan or objective benchmarks.

Reduce Costs and Carbon Footprint

Utility costs represent, on average, 13% of total annual facility costs according to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). As organizations increasingly embrace energy/carbon footprint reduction goals, it becomes equally clear that spreadsheets and accounting software are unable to map current energy usage, model remediation scenarios, and measure the effectiveness of periodic changes, based on normative standards. ARCHIBUS Energy Management does all that and more with analytic tools that help lower energy costs by 5%, or about $0.10 – 0.20 USD per square foot. The application, which typically pays for itself in less than one year, factors in a wide range of variables to control expenses while helping to achieve energy conservation targets.

Access, Aggregate, and Evaluate Energy Usage

Tracking and controlling energy use is an elusive goal without the right tools. ARCHIBUS Energy Management centralizes the management of energy initiatives based on actual operating data. It provides managers with the means to understand how and where energy is purchased and used in order to optimize efficiency and enforce best practices using real-time information.

Mitigate Risk with Improved Analyses and Planning

In an energy management context, managers must balance a wide range of needs, from making capital project decisions to calculating the Return on Investment of remediation efforts. ARCHIBUS Energy Management provides the tools to transform these calculations from labor-intensive exercises to streamlined decision support aids.

Align Spending/Priorities, Reuse Existing Data

ARCHIBUS Energy Management can improve decisions by aligning energy spending with organizational priorities. By linking energy costs to occupancy decisions, organizations can decrease expenses by consolidating out of buildings with high energy costs relative to other occupancy costs. In addition, by integrating Energy Management with other ARCHIBUS applications, organizations can accelerate efficiencies to further reduce operating costs.

Benefits

  • Lowers annual energy costs, typically by 5% (or approximately $0.10 – 0.20 USD per square foot of space/year) and reduces carbon footprint
  • Provides audit capabilities to easily access, aggregate, and evaluate consumption patterns as the basis to renegotiate rates and consolidate energy providers
  • Reduces business risk and exposure to changes in energy costs or carbon emissions regulation through “what-if” analyses
  • Improves decision-making by aligning energy spending to organizational priorities

Activities and Reports

  • Utility Costs by Type
  • Utility Costs with Consumption
  • Electric Cost with Rate
  • Gas Cost with Rate
  • Electric Load Factor
  • Electric/Gas Consumption or Demand vs. Weather Model
  • Utility Metrics by Building, Building Use, Site, Bill Type, Vendor
  • Interactive Energy Intelligence Reports
  • What-If Projections of Energy Cost and Occupancy Changes
  • GIS Thematic Maps of Energy Cost by Building/Location, Occupant/Building, Area

Energy Management

Graphical dashboard views, such as Utility Cost with Consumption (by building and billing period) shown above, simplifies visualization and analysis while improving decision support for energy management strategies.