- Category: Energy Efficiency
22 May 2012
- Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 08:54
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I.B.M. said an advanced “smart building” technology it’s setting up with the United States General Services Administration will save around $15 million in taxpayer dollars every year.
I.B.M. will install a system that monitors building performance in initially 50 federal buildings nationwide and stream data to a central facility for analysis.
With this, the agency will be able to use the data and analytics to make better decisions on how to save energy and reduce operating costs.
Initially, 50 buildings will be integrated into this building management system. As additional buildings are constructed and other facilities are upgraded, those buildings will also be integrated into the system, increasing cost savings across the federal building portfolio.
The contract between I.B.M. and the agency comes on the heels of President Barak Obama’s Executive Order 13514 which sets a goal of reducing energy consumption in federal buildings by 30 percent by 2015.
Commercial buildings are said to account for nearly 40 percent of the United State’s primary energy use, and the General Services Administration owns nearly 182 million square feet of office space.