EES - September 2011

September 2011

Power metering – crucial for successful energy management

Intelligent metering is increasingly being accepted as a vital tool for successful energy management and therefore for the effective administration and control of tenant billing.

“Metering is invaluable in helping a property owner or landlord to achieve his goals for energy measurement, tracking and ultimately overall management,” says Bradley Hemphill, Managing Director of Electrical Engineering Solutions (EES). EES is a leader in designing and project managing Information Technology (IT) solutions for the built environment.

“You can’t control what you can’t measure,” explains Hemphill. “As soon as you are able to determine what is used, by whom and when (which intelligent metering enables you to do) then with the necessary data at your disposal, the rest of the management process becomes a viable option.

“Metering enables the property owner to accurately bill tenants for what they use, and in so doing shifts the motivation to conserve energy back to the actual user. What is often ignored though, is metering with energy management as the objective. In designing the system correctly, stakeholders can monitor trends like maximum demand, load distribution and waste or inefficient use in specific services, like lighting or ventilation, throughout or in remote parts of a building or campus.”

Similarly in an industrial or manufacturing environment, energy management metering provides the data required to quantify utility costs for various product lines.

“The integration of a metering service into the building network is fundamental to effective design, in achieving the goal of successful energy management,” states Hemphill.
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From My Pen

Here’s hoping to find you all heading into a spring time of activity. Of positive energy, inventive thoughts and the birthing of intelligently engineered projects!

Or at least well-considered project planning and design that recognises the changing technological landscape. Not to mention the medium to long-term economic influences.

We can no longer afford to ignore the changes. Technology moves swiftly. Design and management structures need to adapt to these changes, as does business behaviour.

For us as a specialist consulting team for the built environment, we’re clear on what the issues are, and are happy to share them in this space, recognising the interconnectedness of all of them:
  • Construction has for a while now experienced an economic downturn. While there are still buildings being built, the gestation or start-up period has increased
  • Technology formally within the electrical engineering domain is evolving into a new field – ICT Engineering, and therefore the professional space needs to adapt
  • The traditional BMS is being absorbed by ICT and naming conventions need to be revisited to alleviate confusion - BMS vs BAS vs IBS vs Converged Networks
  • And developer acceptance that ICT is already a non-optional expense in any new commercial, industrial or public service building, is becoming vital
Relating to the last point, Rick Huijbregts from S+CCI
says it best: “Technology in buildings can simply not be ‘value-engineered’ out of construction anymore in exchange for prettier marble in the lobby areas. Technology in buildings has become the right thing to do; and a critical asset to next generation infrastructure.” read more

This month also sees EES turn ten years … young! Old in the converged networks environment and professional development, but we believe young in adaptability, gearing and outlook.

And so as we celebrate our age, we celebrate our relationships too.

Thank you all.

Bradley Hemphill
Managing Director