Sustainability is a topic that's become increasingly familiar to the average facility manager, as building owners now frequently rely on these professionals to identify ways to better manage a property's energy and increase its efficiency.
Just as preventative maintenance software has helped facility managers gain increased visibility into the ongoing upkeep of vital equipment, cloud technology has helped – and will continue to aid – facility managers in the management of building energy.
On May 24, Pike Research published a white paper describing key trends in the building energy management sector. Chief amongst these patterns was the infiltration of cloud technology in the energy management sector. In many cases, cloud solutions offer facility managers with a way to store critical data online, freeing them from the challenges of coordinating on-site data storage.
"Buildings are becoming smarter through the deployment of intelligent and energy efficient technologies that reduce energy consumption while making buildings easier to manage and operate,” said Pike senior analyst Eric Bloom. “In addition, advances in software for building energy management systems (BEMS) as well as for building design (through building information modeling, or BIM) are making it easier to design and maintain high performance buildings."
At the same time, technology can be an aid to facility managers who need to manage more than just their building's energy concerns. For example, asset management software offers a solution to the facility maintenance department's need to monitor important inventory or assets.
With this type of technology, offered via top CMMS software, facility managers can track utilization and repair costs for all equipment and assets, even arranging scheduling and setting up regular maintenance and repair.
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