Posts Tagged ‘intelligent building’

Building Optimization with an Intelligent System

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept of connecting the computing equipment and smart devices within one location with other locations and equipment across the world—providing a giant network of connected devices and objects into one centralized hub. It’s possible to connect something as small as a light bulb to something as big as an entire building’s operation. These concepts aren’t new, but have taken time to come to fruition. Due to advances in technologies, ease of implementation, and a higher return on investment, this is quickly changing.

Advanced Monitoring, Maintaining, and Reporting

Schneider Electric recently introduced EcoStruxure Building Advisor, an intelligence system for buildings. As an integrator, Egan Company implements this system and provides consultations to facility managers. Building Advisor can provide:

  • Monitoring of equipment failure
  • Insights into energy consumption and mechanical cost-saving initiatives
  • Improved building efficiency by working with an engineering team

In the past, it used to take an experienced facility manager years to understand and optimize building performance. Now, the introduction of this technology makes it possible to gain immediate insights into a building’s inefficiencies, drifts from optimal parameters, and potential equipment failure that can all be used to quickly improve the bottom line, enhance operations, and provide a better working environment.

Typically utilizing the current building automation system infrastructure of sensors and control equipment, EcoStruxure Building Advisor analyzes the operation of a facility and provides the facility manager with detailed information about equipment operation. In addition, this information is scored as to its impact on the energy, comfort, and maintenance of a diagnosed issue. Coupling this information with utility and equipment data, Building Advisor will estimate the current bottom line impact on a deficiency and the potential return on investment for system improvement.

Reducing Operating Expenses for Optimal Experience

Constant monitoring of building expenditures will also reduce costs through early identification of equipment failures or inefficiencies. Monitoring equipment abnormalities will predict likely failure (and provide solutions to fix it before it does). By being proactive in identifying equipment failure, facility managers will reduce downtime experienced by occupants and make for less expensive repair costs and reduced occupant impact.

This technology doesn’t just provide a list of failed equipment and temperatures outside of range, but ongoing access to an energy engineer, working with the facility team to address the issues found, recommend solutions, and provide accountability and support. Continual commissioning of a building is required to maintain peak operation.

Our customers are always looking for innovative ways to reduce operating costs, and if we can cut costs on their monthly utility bill without the expense of tenant comfort, I’d say that’s a win,” said Kirk Wahlstrom, Egan Company Building Automation Manager. “We’ve piloted EcoStruxure Building Advisor at our own facilities and have benefited from the insights. We’re excited about growing this technology to help our customers not only reduce downtime and cost but improve their building’s value.


As technology continues to grow and evolve, facility managers—like the rest of the world—will need to continue heavy investment into IoT. These trends and technologies are here to make our lives easier, comfortable, and more secure.

For more information about EcoStruxure Building Advisor, view this 3 minute introduction video >> or request a demo to explore more about how this technology might be implemented in your facility.

Future of Buildings Has Arrived

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Installation at Wells Fargo Towers in "East Town"Much of pop culture’s imagination of the future includes homes and buildings that perform tasks automatically, often without having to lift a finger. Lights that can sense occupancy, temperatures that are always just right, and building security without having to turn a key in a lock – these all sound like something from The Jetsons. But this is the reality in the newly developed “East Town” area of Minneapolis.

The arrival of U.S. Bank Stadium brought with it the opportunity to enhance the surrounding blocks with a common green space, multi-family housing, light rail transit service, and a 1.1 million square foot blend of beauty and brains: sleek architecture run by a cutting edge Intelligent Building Network – the Wells Fargo Towers.

With an intelligent system architecture provided by Egan Company as an automation backbone, the two buildings are connected by a network platform that controls building automation, lighting control, sound masking, and all mechanical systems.

“Egan’s prowess in systems integration has added much-needed confidence and expertise to a complicated project. The project team has exceeded expectations in design, coordination, and field operations alike,” said Mike Beadle, Ryan Companies Project Manager. “Egan has been, and will continue to be, my first choice in the industry to deliver reliable, intuitive building management and intelligent building solutions.”

DEast 4-2015Wells Fargo employees now have an intuitive comfort control system that monitors security and adjusts lighting and temperature as a room becomes occupied. Behind the scenes, building operators have access to extensive real-time analytics for all systems, providing an immediate way to evaluate performance and efficiency and make adjustments if needed. This keeps the energy usage on track, provides high indoor air quality, and efficiency of water.

These things, along with the design, location, and access to public transportation, helped earn the project a LEED Platinum Certification.

“This project has raised the bar company-wide for future builds,” said Jeff Sowden, Egan Company Senior Account Manager. “Intelligent buildings are the future and we couldn’t be more excited to do the next one.”

Project Team: Wells Fargo, Ryan Companies, EDS

Services Provided: Intelligent Building Network architecture, building automation system.

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