Building Automation/Building Comfort & Energy Efficiency
A building should function productively: it should use energy economically, make the work place more comfortable, and react automatically to weather conditions. It is a fact:
- 40% of the world’s energy is consumed by buildings
- 21% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide comes from building’s energy usage
- Building owners are under pressure to reduce energy consumption.
George Mason University has installed and utilizes a comprehensive Building Automation System linking every facility by Fiber Optics and Ethernet to the Facilities Management Energy Management Office. Energy savings are achieved through improved monitoring and control capability for key systems: Heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting. Verification for proper temperatures, set points, setback or shutdown of systems, monitoring of energy usage in real-time and detection of degraded energy efficiency contributes to more efficient operation and expected energy savings.
This link provides a small sample of the Building Automation System’s graphic demonstration, here at Mason.