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ERIC Number: EJ919667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Energy Solutions
Sobieski, Jeff
American School & University, v82 n12 p22-24 Jul 2010
Education facilities managers are faced with a daunting set of challenges: They must find new ways to reduce energy consumption and carry out greener energy policies. HVAC typically accounts for more than 30% of a building's electricity costs, so there is a clear incentive to eliminate unnecessary heating and cooling of unoccupied rooms. With more efficient systems integration aiding the drive for green energy, school facilities managers can benefit from new energy-management strategies. With a networked energy-management solution, facilities managers can check the status of all the different rooms in a building and provide a degree of control. The benefits are comprehensive--from centralized control to the ability to communicate data between rooms, floors, classrooms and residence halls. Disadvantages, however, need to be taken into account. The costs of establishing networked energy-management systems can vary widely. Interoperability issues with existing equipment may arise because vendors have not adopted a common standard. The key is to identify a solution that is based on a mainstream standard. Factors that education institutions must consider when selecting an appropriate energy-management solution are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A