Energy and carbon remain at the top of the agenda for many estate managers, as universities seek to improve their sustainability credentials and increase operational efficiency.
Understanding energy use is a complex process and obtaining a true picture of a campus’ energy usage and the resulting carbon emissions, often proves to be a difficult task. However, approaches such as BIM and Government Soft Landings, supported by new technologies, offer universities the chance to get to grips with this area, while also enabling them to unlock opportunities to improve financial and social performance.
Capturing energy use effectively requires an approach that takes into consideration both the performance of individual buildings and the entire estate. Creating a BIM model of each asset on campus, containing real time energy data captured from the BMS system, allows managers to see at a glance how each building is performing against predicted targets. The data from the BIM model can be fed into dashboards to enable managers to benchmark assets, identify exemplar and poor performers, monitor carbon emissions and examine how different energy reduction strategies are performing. Allowing universities to tackle any issues quickly, develop best practice and get a campus-wide understanding of energy usage and the associated carbon emissions.