Energy Intelligence and Green Architecture Must Come Together

Green architects have acknowledged the need for “intelligent efficiency” since the term was first used by AGREE many years ago. The term refers to “a way to describe the convergence of the energy efficiency and information technology sectors.” Green architects agree that to fully realize the benefits of the products they design, new technologies ensure maximum control and regulation of energy usage.

According to a March, 2013, article posted on GreenTechMedia.com, today’s building management technologies far surpass the technologies first released in the 1980’s.  Today’s energy technologies for buildings manage and control the use of energy with amazing clarity and definition.

Jones Lang LaSalle

Commercial property manager Jones Lang LaSalle manages about 2 billion square feet on international office space. Chairman Of Energy and Sustainability Services for the firm, Dan Probst told Green Tech:

“Reporting needs to be in real time. We need to know how our buildings are operating today. The technology exists today to do that. That’s the kind of thing that will form our industry.

“Visibility in how equipment and systems are performing right now can greatly improve operational efficiency. That changes how we think about operating buildings. That’s the kind of thinking about technology that will play a role in operations.”

The advances in architectural design and in green technology and in green intelligent systems is impressive. However, building owners and managers are often unqualified to operate the technology and understand the design as well as many of the new-age building systems. As one building manager noted, many companies do not fully understand how to read their utility bill much less operate a green building.

The Bottom Line Can Improve

Much like LEED building management services, the proof is in the bottom line. As great as today’s designs and technologies are, if the building is not managed efficiently using all available, real-time data, the full green effect will not be accomplished.

Green building progress has been steady but slower than expected. Much of the resistance comes from uninformed building managers, sustainability managers and financial managers. These internal conflicts often prevent building owners and companies from adopting green designs and realizing significant savings overextended periods.

Green architecture is a noble pursuit. Some companies in the UK and the EU specialize in this design niche. Despite all the advancements, green architects must still impart a good deal of knowledge to ensure their designs are maintained and operated with integrity.  It is not energy intelligence that needs improving. It is human intelligence that needs to catch up.

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