12 Mar '13, 1pm

With Better Software, Office Buildings Can Cut Energy Use by 30 Percent

So buildings that we’re addressing here, about 20 percent of total energy consumption in the U.S. So, you know, huge consumer of energy, and most of them, virtually all of them, are run inefficiently. If I just, as I was saying, look at some of the trends there, basically, probably the last two decades, you’ve seen some automation systems come into being where, you mentioned, you have the air-conditioning and heating and ventilation systems used to be all controlled manually, with valves and air handlers, thermostats in the office, things like that. And what happened in the last two decades were a number of control systems, a whole layer of automation, came in, and companies like Siemens and Schneider and Honeywell, and companies like that, actually put these systems in buildings and started to automate the air-conditioning systems in these buildings.

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