The United States is the leader in LEED certification, with 595.8 million GSM (gross square meters) registered and certified, as well as 44,270 projects. Canada and China rank at second and third, respectively. When it comes to building management and energy performance, especially dealing with multiple buildings, it can be a daunting task to organize, interpret, and document the data required for LEED certification. Establishing a cutting-edge CMMS solution like Eagle Technology’s Proteus software helps meet energy standards by gathering the necessary data for LEED certification, and improves building efficiency.
One valuable feature that a CMMS solution provides is asset management, which can reduce energy use. This is limitless based on which data needs to be monitored, and will reveal the assets that are performing poorly. For example, tracking the energy use in specific rooms or changes in water usage will uncover poor performance and lead to decisions that can reduce energy consumption. Will it be more beneficial to replace the HVAC system, or repair it to keep it running at peak efficiency? Perhaps one month the water usage increases in a specific building but not the others: will equipment need to be replaced or repaired? The data provided by an asset management system can monitor and expose the assets that need attention to reduce energy consumption and fulfill LEED certification requirements. Another important feature of a CMMS solution to reduce energy use is scheduling preventive maintenance and inventory tracking.
Creating a preventive maintenance schedule will keep your equipment running at peak efficiency, extend their life-cycle, and help avoid emergencies, such as power outages and pipe bursts. Proteus can also generate work orders automatically based on maintenance schedules. To reinforce a preventive maintenance program and make managing tools and equipment easier, Proteus tracks inventory.
Tracking inventory can make preventive maintenance a seamless effort as well as log sustainable purchases and equipment. In addition to bolstering a good preventive maintenance program, Proteus integrates with your Building Automation System (BAS) to provide a fully operative demand maintenance solution.
Larned State Hospital has put Proteus to good use for a demand maintenance need. They interfaced Proteus with their BAS to monitor the temperature of the water on the facilities. When the water temperature fluctuates, the BAS produces a BACnet signal and work order is assigned through Proteus. A maintenance technician can address the problem immediately and the changes in the temperature will not make a significant impact on their energy use. To document any changes in energy use, Proteus features powerful reporting tools.
Proteus comes with the options of generating a variety of pre-formatted reports or customizable reports, which can help demonstrate the changes in energy use over time and facility health. In addition, Proteus can pull data from multiple buildings and locations and is designed to be extremely user-friendly.
Considering that LEED certification requires data tracking, monitoring, and documenting, a CMMS solution like Proteus can provide powerful tools to reduce energy consumption, promote facility health, and improve building efficiency, which overall provides the data to fulfill LEED certification goals.