TOP
STORIES
 1 of 5
ESPN Makes Digital Splash with $178 Million SportsCenter Upgrade
Mobile displays, video floor, social media wall among many highlights of the new SportsCenter digital studio DC-2.
 2 of 5
Mission Critical 411 on Control Room Integration
Integrators with long histories in this space discuss how projects and customer demands are different than others.
 3 of 5
How Boston College Gets Fans off Comfy Couches, onto Metal Benches
Boston College installs new Daktronics 13HD LED video boards at Alumni Stadium to draw fans to the in-game experience.
 4 of 5
Top 10 Dante-Enabled Products
Check out 10 key products that have received the increasingly important Dante touch.
 5 of 5
An AV Guy's Guide to Talking IT
This quick glossary of IT terms will at least help AV integrators demonstrate some basic network knowledge when speaking to their clients' CIOs and IT directors.
How to Calculate Energy-Enhancing System ROI
The first step in driving energy savings is to measure and validate consumption. Then you know where to drive savings.

Article


Energy audits are essential to providing a baseline against which future projections of energy savings can be made when organizations pursue efficiency upgrades.
December 10, 2012 | by Aaron Stern

In this cash-strapped, energy-conscious time, organizations increasingly seek to maximize the efficiency of their networks and facilities. But before they invest in new technologies that will help them get the most bang for their buck, they must first look inward.

“What you don’t measure, you can’t manage,” said Jeff Drees, the U.S. country president of Schneider Electric. “So the first step in driving energy savings is to measure [and to] validate your consumption. Then you know where to go [to] drive savings.”

Making those assessments isn’t necessarily simple. The evaluation of current energy consumptions must be thorough and honest, and the projections have to be complete and reality-based.

“It’s really coming through with a quantification of what is their today-spend at an op-ex level, and then looking at what you would do with a performance contract to project into the future,” said Allen Breeze, Schneider’s senior vice president of power business.

Of course, leadership must have the will to make changes if efficiency is actually going to be enhanced.

As the director of the Health Safety & Environment division at TRW Automotive, a major car parts supplier, Rick Bell visits numerous plants around the country. He has dozens of facility managers with hundreds of wish-list projects big and small that would streamline operations and cut costs.

Related: The Rise & Impact of Smart Cities

“I went to my manager and I said, ‘Hey, how about we put aside $3 million of capital to invest in energy savings?,’” Bell recalled. The answer, in a nutshell, was that there’s no money for special pet projects.

“Our CEO and whatever’s focused on different things,” he said. “We’re building 20 plants in China.” These new Chinese plants might provide Bell the chance to implement new efficiency standards, hopefully thereby planting the seeds of a more open-minded corporate attitude toward energy efficiency.

“It’s a hell of a lot easier to put an energy-efficient compressor in than to try to make the compressor they bought last year, more energy-efficient,” he said. “I’m going around banging the drum. I’m really struggling to figure out how to motivate them,” he said. “We will get there – we’ll get there, but it’s a struggle.”

Once you’ve made the investments to increase efficiency, then what? Andy Schonberger is the director of Earth Rangers Centre for Sustainable Technology, an environmental education facility for children in Ontario, Canada. The LEED-gold certified facility uses a multitude of passive and active energy efficiency tools and monitors the facility’s energy and water use across 80 subsystems through an extensive metering system. The building even has its own waste water treatment facility which recycles 98 percent of waste water back into non-potable uses.

So it might not seem that Earth Rangers has a lot left to do when it comes to efficiency, but Schonberger said there is always low-hanging fruit.

About the author

Aaron Stern - Managing Editor
Prior to becoming the managing editor of CI, Aaron was a content editor for TechDecisions. As a reporter he has covered local, national and international news. Follow him on Twitter: @aarondstern.
View all posts by Aaron Stern
Social Bookmark or Share This
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks
  • Google Bookmarks
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
  • Windows Live
  • LinkedIn
  • Evernote
  • E-mail


  • Latest
  • Blogs
  • Photos
  • Resources
Redefining the Control Systems Programmer

The control system represents the biggest variable in the overall outcome of an integrated AV system. Isn't it time we paid more attention, respect and — let's face it, money — to control system programming?

An AV Guy's Guide to Talking IT
What Are You Thinking… Seeking RMR From Yesteryear’s Trends?
5 Strategies for Selling and Renewing Service Plans
Getting Over That Growth Hump: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself
View more blog posts
ESPN Makes Digital Splash with $178 Million SportsCenter Upgrade

Integrator WorldStage upgrades ESPN's SportsCenter digital studio, complete with a video floor, virtual technology, two touchscreens, a 56 LED multi-dimensional monitor wall and the ability to do live and pre-produced segments simultaneously.

How Boston College Gets Fans off Comfy Couches, onto Metal Benches
Top 10 Dante-Enabled Products
A Brief Conversation With Dante
Inside Look: Long Island Railroad's Command Center Unveiled
View more photo galleries
White Paper:
Campuses Banking on Emergency Notification, Upgrades

A survey from CI sister publication Campus Safety shows that one in two campus protection professionals say their institutions plan on or are considering deploying new/upgraded emergency alert solutions in the next year.

Webcast: Unscrambling Your AVB, HDBaseT Questions
White Paper: Technology Brief on Control Rooms
White Paper: The Voice: How to Design Emergency Communication Systems with Announcements
White Paper: Digital Signs of the Times
White Paper: A Snapshot of the Onsite Freelance & Contractor Workforce
Webcast: 7 Ways an Integrator Can Save Clients Money on Utility Costs
White Paper: 3 Dazzling LED Panel Implementations
View more papers or webcasts



Recent comments

Thanks for your comment, Alan. I understand and appreciate your frustration about the pictures and belief…

Posted by D. Craig MacCormack on 2014 10 14 · commented on
'Inside Look: Long Island Railroad's Hiperwall Command Center Unveiled'.

Too bad the pictures only show a promo of IntraLogic and no real or simulated picture of what was used during…

Posted by Alan M Hoffberg on 2014 10 14 · commented on
'Inside Look: Long Island Railroad's Hiperwall Command Center Unveiled'.

Benson - nicely done.  This is a trend in some of the smarter integrators in AV, but needs the kind of…

Posted by dave fahrbach on 2014 10 10 · commented on
'5 Strategies for Selling and Renewing Service Plans'.

For sure it’s not always better! Maybe just selling better!

Posted by Argis on 2014 10 06 · commented on
'Getting Over That Growth Hump: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself'.