LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the internationally recognized green building program, is transforming construction and building design by providing a way to recognize buildings that incorporate green principles. Since LEED green building standards were first put into place thirteen years ago, the green building movement has really taken off. More than 50,000 commercial LEED projects and over 34,000 home units have been LEED certified since the program’s inception, with another 1.7 million square feet being LEED certified daily. But does LEED certification mean that your building is no longer wasting energy?
In the LEED certification process, building projects earn points for meeting green building criteria in various categories. While LEED certification is a giant step forward toward sustainable building practices, it does not guarantee your building has achieved energy efficiency. Builders choose the rating system in which they will seek certification, and they have a certain amount of leeway in the points that they earn. Energy efficiency is only one of the plethora of green construction issues addressed, and it is possible to achieve LEED certification for one aspect of a building, such as Core and Shell Development, without addressing energy efficiency.
How can you improve the energy efficiency of your building and stop wasting energy?
Advanced Control Corporation can help you conserve energy by implementing our proven strategy for superior energy management, with tools and resources to help you each step of the way. We will employ our guidelines for energy management to assist your organization in improving its environmental, energy and financial performance. Energy management systems work on a simple principle – cut off energy use in areas that are not being used. 30% to 40% of commercial real estate is typically unused at any given time, making it possible to reduce energy costs by up to 30% simply by managing the lighting, cooling, and heating of areas based on actual use. Advanced Control can install a customized building automation solution that will take control of these critical systems to improve your building’s energy efficiency.
The first step to energy efficiency is lighting control. The range of control can be from a basic control system for lighting and equipment switching applications, ideal for use in facilities where time-of-day control is being managed from a time clock or centralized building management system to a fully automatic lighting control for all of your facilities’ lighting circuits. Advanced Control can implement lighting control as stand-alone systems or as part of an integrated network solution for facilities of all sizes.
Your energy efficiency solution can include temperature (HVAC) control that turns on and off the heating system according to designated schedules (time of day, week, etc.), ensuring your building maintains desired temperature during occupancy, without wasting energy when the building is empty. Advanced Control offers an after-hours tenant override system, so tenants can schedule overrides affective same day, or future dated via their smartphone or the internet; tracking software monitors extra usage so you can bill the tenants according to their override activities.
As a long-term member of the U.S. Building Council and a leader in green building in South Florida, Advanced Control has extensive experience in energy conservation and sustainability. We have helped thousands of buildings increase their energy efficiency and are ready to help you save energy and money. Advanced Control provides energy management systems and building automation systems, as well as access control, CCTV solutions and more. Contact Advanced Control Corporation today at 954.491.6660 and let one of our experts customize an energy management system for you.