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Building Automation Assessment

Building Automation Assessment

RealFoundations successfully conducted a strategy phase assessment for a privately held company of multi-family and hospitality properties. The assessment focused on critical accounting, building system infrastructure, and energy management operations related to Utility Management, Building Automation, CCTV and Security. The assessment resulted in $800,000 in annual estimated utility and operation cost savings with a 25% ROI. This savings represents a 10% reduction in total utility costs.

Objective

  • Develop a business intelligence strategy surrounding technical communication backbone; energy management; energy billing, analytics & meter data collection; and access control/visitor management
  • Review building HVAC, Access Control, TCB and CCTV developing system retrofit recommendations
  • Develop a framework to monitor energy usage for each property at a corporate level incorporating utility management strategies including bill reconciliation, real time pricing strategies, and building system load curtailment

Involvement

  • Conducted process and information assessment work sessions to document current state accounting and property management processes, as they relate to energy utility management
  • Performed facility site assessment of building infrastructure systems developing system retrofit opportunities
  • Researched utility management software and building system vendors and conducted vendor selection process
  • Developed financial analysis of recommended utility management and infrastructure system upgrades

HVAC & Lighting

HVAC & Lighting

For a well established commercial office space owner/operator, RealFoundations conducted a current state assessment of Building Automation systems and processes to define an approach to satisfy the company’s desire to easily disseminate building operational information and allow for a more scalable corporate wide platform.

Objective

  • Review front and back office building automation processes
  • Review current usage of Johnson Controls (JCI) and Siemens systems
  • Assist in defining a future state operating model that would allow the company to leverage existing Building Automation systems and update its processes to provide building information at all levels of the corporation

Involvement

  • Conducted process and systems assessment work sessions to document current state Building Automation systems and processes
  • Developed system requirements for building automation systems and processes and review high level building automation systems usage
  • Developed assessment of building automation best practices and industry trends
  • Developed a building automation systems road map and implement the improvement opportunities by centralizing JCI and Siemens systems

Building Automation Technology Areas

  • HVAC (Central Plant, Boxcar, Package units)
  • After hours HVAC (System interfaces, user interfaces
  • DDC (Direct Digital Control)
  • Lighting control (interior and exterior lighting)
  • Alarming and Notification
  • Reporting and cross vendor integration

Energy Utility Management

Energy Utility Management

For a leading nationwide shopping mall owner, RealFoundations developed a utility management system strategy to satisfy the company’s desire to improve their business intelligence surrounding energy tracking and monitoring. The strategy projects an estimated saving of $11 million over ten years in utility cost savings with a 37% ROI.

Objective

  • Review utility accounting software and processes related to utility management
  • Develop a framework to monitor energy usage for each property at a corporate level incorporating utility management strategies including bill reconciliation, real time pricing strategies, and building system load curtailment
  • Select software to collect data from multiple systems, perform analysis on thousands of data points, present data in a meaningful fashion in order to drive business decisions
  • Build a frame work to monitor and control buildings and energy consumption at the property level from an enterprise level platform

Involvement

  • Conducted process and information assessment work sessions to document current state accounting and property management processes as they relate to energy utility management
  • Researched utility management software vendors and conducted vendor selection process
  • Gathered requirements, researched options and conducted vendor selections in the areas related to energy utility management to ensure complete and most effective solution (meter upgrades and collection software, EMS upgrade and network upgrade)
  • Selected energy software vendor that collects all utility data electronically, pays utility bills electronically, performs budgeting and forecasting and acts as the centralized database for all energy utility information. This system can also send load-shedding commands to building equipment, such as HVAC devices, to reduce energy consumption. In addition, the system will help with energy procurement.

Energy Management Strategy & Implementation

Energy Management Strategy & Implementation

For one of Southern California’s largest master planner and developers, RealFoundations successfully developed an operational strategy for a development encompassing a full range of hotel, retail, office, and apartment properties. A series of projects were selected that focused on providing business intelligence from the accounting, energy/building automation systems as well as addressing the day to day processes for managing the portfolio.