Energy use is the single largest operating expense in commercial real estate, devouring up to one-third of a building’s operating budget. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting costs represent 40% of the average commercial building’s electric bill. The final expense of non-energy efficient lighting is far more, though, once you add in higher cooling costs, increased burden on your HVAC system, and wasted lamp life. Advanced Control’s commercial lighting control systems can help you increase your building’s energy efficiency and lower your energy costs while decreasing your environmental footprint. Continue reading “Commercial Lighting Control Systems” »
The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here. You probably already have plans in place, and know where you will be spending the weekend. Do you know where your tenants will be? According to the latest Bloomberg BNA survey of year-end holiday practices, nearly all employers (99 percent) have scheduled a paid day off for Thanksgiving Day; however, 36 percent of businesses surveyed will require at least some of their workers to postpone or forego the annual feast with family and friends. The number of companies requiring holiday workers is moderately higher than last year, but still well below the highs of a decade ago, when almost half of employers required some staff to work on Thanksgiving Day.
Nearly three-fourths of responding employers have scheduled both Thanksgiving Day and the day after as paid days off for most or all of their personnel, which still leaves 27 percent of workers having to show up on Friday. Workers in small companies stand a much better chance of a long Thanksgiving weekend than do their colleagues in larger organizations. Four out of five firms with fewer than 1,000 employees have two scheduled paid days off; workers at only 56 percent of larger organizations will be as fortunate.
Which category fits your tenants? It is a very real possibility that you may have occupants in the office over the long holiday weekend. If so, it is imperative that those tenants have the capability to override the pre-set controls of your building automation system. When Advanced Control Corporation provides your building automation system, you gain comprehensive after hours tenant override technology personally tailored to fit your needs.
It is important that your building automation control system be equipped to respond to those needs with the least amount of user/operator effort. Advanced Control offers the freedom to manage and override the system directly from your smartphone! The telephone based override module allows tenants the capability to override HVAC, lighting, and temperature controls. Tenants can schedule overrides to take place immediately, or on a delayed schedule. Our telephone based override system is compatible with any touch-tone telephone, with a user-interface that is easy to operate.
It is crucial to maintain a building automation system that is simple and cost effective while remaining secure. Advanced Control Corp’s system automatically logs off following a period of inactivity to reduce the risk of fraud. User verifications standards incorporated into the system allow users to enter pin numbers and other verification codes quickly to override the building control system.
Using the integrated building management system, building managers can then bill the tenants according to their override activities. Available tracking software notes when the occupants use more than their allotted amount of energy. Tenants are able to override automatic after-hours settings and management is still able to track the extra usage as each specific tenant zone features its own hourly billing rate.
When you are considering the design of your building automation system, a telephone override system is the most flexible and user-friendly interface available. Advanced Control’s complete building automation solution will give you total control of your structure, whether you are on the grounds or away. Advanced Control Corporation works continuously and diligently to provide a variety of building automation solutions, allowing the building manager to select the one that works best for their needs and preferences. Advanced Control provides building automation in South Florida, as well as energy management, access control, CCTV solutions and more. For more information, contact Advanced Control at 954-491-6660 today.
Last month the White House called for power companies to help people in the United States better manage their energy usage. So your electricity bill may be expanding with new support from the private sector and government agencies.
Nine new utilities and electricity suppliers have answered the White House’s call and now more than 15 million Americans are able to view their electricity usage electronically via the Green Button initiative. These suppliers will make their customers’ energy-usage information available on their websites so people can quickly make informed decisions about how to better use their power. Essentially you will be able to click a green button on a website to view your energy usage information.
The feds modeled Green Button after a similar initiative called Blue Button that lets people click a button online to view their personal health data and share it with healthcare providers and other trusted health partners.
On April 5th the Department of Energy will launch it Apps for Energy challenge on the Challenge.gov website. Sponsored by PG&E and Itron, this challenge will offer a $100,000 grand prize to the best application that leverages open energy data to help people use electricity and other power utilities more effectively.
This data also is spawning new Web and smartphone applications from the private sector that help people perform a number of energy efficiency-related actions, such as choose the most economical rate plan for their usage patterns; choose the correct size for and finance rooftop solar panels; and create a more energy-efficient lifestyle.
As a leader in building automation, Advanced Control Corporation is delighted to the see White House’s effort to help people manage electricity usage. Advanced Control Corporation can help you manage your buildings energy usage and provides smartphone applications with tenant override technology that is personally tailored to fit your building automation needs. The smartphone based override module allows tenants the capability to override HVAC, lighting, and temperature controls. Advanced Control Corporation implements a proven strategy for superior energy management with tools and resources to help each step of the way. If you are interested and finding out more information about energy management contact Advanced Control Corporation at 954.491.6660 today!
In today’s world, the multi-tasking smartphone is the most convenient way to manage from off site. Advanced Control Corporation provides comprehensive telephone based tenant override technology that is personally tailored to fit your building automation needs. The telephone based override module allows tenants the capability to override HVAC, lighting, and temperature controls. Our telephone based override system is compatible with any touch-tone telephone, and has a user-interface that is easy to operate. Continue reading “Save Energy – Save Time – Get Smart” »