By Will Soutter
IBM has received a contract from U.S General Services Administration (GSA) for the development and installation of the smart building technology for 50 federal government buildings that have high levels of energy consumption.
Under the latest technology building management systems will be connected to a central cloud-based platform resulting in savings of up to $15 million for taxpayers.
Around 40% of the total energy usage of the US comes from commercial buildings out of which GSA accounts for 182 million sq.ft of office space across the country. This contract is part of GSA’s efforts to adhere to President Obama’s orders of reducing energy usage in federal buildings by 30% by the year 2015. As per the contract IBM will be responsible for the development and implementation of a building monitoring system which will feed data to a central location. Further analysis will be done on this data, based on which decisions will be taken. The smart building technology will integrate prominent building controls in real-time after which GSA will use fresh data feed for its analysis and decisions.
After complete integration, tenants of the building that are part of this network will be able to view the energy performance of their buildings in real time metrics and dashboards. This will further provide information on the amount of energy savings achieved which will help them to come up with more suggestions to reduce cost and increase savings.