More education needed on energy management options

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A recent survey conducted among building owners and professionals reveals that those responsible for properties lack an understanding of energy management software, meaning they could be missing out on opportunities to improve their energy usage, the Commercial Property Executive website writes.
 
According to the study, which spoke to approximately 800 buildings professionals, most building owners wrongly assume that they need building management systems in place before implementing energy management measures.
As Jon Moeller - president of California-based MACH Energy, which conducted the study - explains: "A lot of people think they need building management systems before they can do energy efficiency."
 
Some 40% of respondents had installed energy management software, but of that number 70% viewed it as building management.
 
MACH vice president We-En Tan further explained that the survey was designed to get "a more nuanced understanding of challenges faced by building professionals at all levels."
 
Thanks to the research, Tan continued, it was found that, "although REITs and property owners understand the ROI potential of energy management systems across their portfolios very early on, the day-to-day decisions and implementation fall upon [...] the property managers and chief engineers."
 
And it is these professionals, he added, "who are clearly overwhelmed in what is still an early-adopter period."
 
It was also found that one of the key reasons cited for investing in energy management software was reducing energy costs and limiting Energy Star scores. The property managers surveyed also stated that they were interested in being able to monitor energy, steam and gas usage in real time.
 
The conclusion drawn from the report was that building owners and property managers needed more education on the difference between building management systems and energy management systems.
 
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