Climate Change and the How Building Management Systems can Help Reduce its Effects
With rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and other environmental impacts, signs of climate change are on the rise. Scientists are now warning that global temperatures are accelerating past the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement (an increase of no more than 1.5°C to 2°C) and are expected to climb an average 3.2°C globally by 2100 if unchecked, a news source can reveal. In addition, significant demographic shifts are driving parallel impacts. The world’s population is anticipated to soar from 7.6 billion to 9.8 billion by 2050, with 70 percent living in urban areas.
Fast-paced urbanization will require large cites to maintain an uninterrupted supply of energy to power food and water production, transportation, residential and commercial life, and health and human services, all of which occurs in and around buildings. In fact, buildings and construction currently account for 36 percent of global final energy use and 39 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions when upstream power generation is considered.
However, fast-paced urbanization also offers an exciting opportunity to immediately reduce climate impacts. Because buildings—office complexes, multifamily housing, hotels, stores, schools, hospitals, and malls, among others—comprise a big part of city infrastructure, making them smarter can dramatically lower the energy and carbon footprint of a city. Thus, reducing climate change can happen one building at a time, by updating older buildings and by building technology into new construction.
Connected building technology can manage lighting, heating, and cooling, reducing unnecessary use while maximizing usability and comfort. In addition, smart building software can schedule preventive maintenance, automatically identify and prioritize issues for resolution by cost and impact, and continually optimize buildings for comfort and energy efficiency. Despite these benefits, building owners have historically been hesitant to engage in these solutions, fearing a prolonged, costly, “strip to the studs” retrofit and remodel.
HeatingSave – the most cost-effective solution for energy efficiency improvements
Replacing your central heating clock with a HeatingSave energy and boiler management controller is the quickest way of beating those tariff rises and saving on energy costs, often paying for itself in less than a year but almost always in less than 3 years.
HeatingSave can cut your energy usage by 20% to 30% with its energy management control, as its internal microprocessor constantly calculates and improves the efficiency and savings of your central heating system.
Using HeatingSave, simply choose the room temperature and the hot water you want, and when, and HeatingSave does the rest. It works with all central heating systems – oil, gas or coal – and links up with a PC to produce reports and graphs to fashion a powerful and complete energy management system.
The system is backed by the Carbon Trust and the Energy Savings Trust.