Building consumes a lot of energy. Rapid economic growth, rising income, growing population, and urbanization are major factors in the growth in India’s buildings energy consumption. In the International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017) Reference case, delivered energy consumption for residential and commercial buildings in India is expected to increase by an average of 2.7% per year between 2015 and 2040, more than twice the global average increase. The energy efficient building reduces the maintenance and utility cost and improves durability, lessens noise, increases comfort and creates a healthy and safe indoor environment.
The goal of energy efficient building is to limit damage to the ecosystem and reduce the use of natural resources like energy, land, water, and raw materials. Energy efficient building leads to fewer emissions of greenhouse gases thus reduces the global warming. Energy efficient measures can be integrated into new construction or in an existing building. There are many methods, materials, and resources to help designers, architects, contractors and building owners to create energy efficient and high-performance building.
Below measures can be considered for reducing energy consumption and make them more energy efficient -
- Use of renewable sources for heating, cooling and electricity
- Improvements to the building envelope, including materials, natural ventilation and day lighting; and
- Improvements to building services, including heating, mechanical ventilation and air-conditioning Integrating building management system (BMS) and energy management system (EMS) to building also helps in driving down energy costs and operational costs.
Products like iBEMS, an intelligent building energy and management solution, by IOTomation are an effective solution to minimize energy expenses and maximize operational efficiency. iBEMS can be easily integrated in all kinds of establishments like commercial buildings, offices, malls, hotels, retail stores & hospitals. It automates & integrates sub-systems on a single centralized platform to optimize energy usage, improve productivity and increase the energy efficiency.