Does your building pass the comfort test?

Does your building pass the comfort test?

Where's Goldilocks when you need her? Many employees and other building occupants seem always to be too hot or too cold — without ever seeming to find that "just right" temperature. The result is an ongoing Battle of the Thermostat, meaning that someone is writing an needlessly high utility bill for all that back-and-forth heating and cooling.


Trouble is, pinpointing where the deviations occur and why can be difficult to ascertain, meaning the discomfort continues and so does the environmental waste.


A new tool called The Comfort Test, developed by the Abundant Power Group, is a simple, quick and impactful way for building-management teams to use analytics to gain insight into typical chronic building issues.


This low-cost test provides a compelling report on the comfort performance of the buildings’ mechanical systems on a zone-by-zone level.


Following a simple four-step process, the report can be generated in 30 days or less. The Comfort Test will provide building portfolio owners a foundation for building performance improvements and increased ROI for all stakeholders.


“The Comfort Test results are going to surprise many building management teams,” said Shannon Smith, CEO of Abundant Power. “But the good news is that analytics provides a clear path on how to address issues without sacrificing on operating costs.”


After completing a short digital questionnaire, Abundant Power will create a secure connection to a building’s management system (BMS) and then analyze the building’s data for the past 30 days. Upon completion, building management will receive their Comfort Test scores with associated report. The report breaks down zone comfort across the building, predictive comfort trends as it relates to weather and which zones are least comfortable.


“Commercial real estate owners don’t own buildings to save energy; they own buildings to provide a comfortable and productive space for occupants,” said Derek McGarry, head building performance engineer. “We can help them do both.”


Abundant Power has long offered the Comfort Score as part of their Performance Analytics, with real-time reporting on tenants’ comfort, based on desired and actual temperatures, helping managers reduce complaints. Users of The Comfort Test can sign up for Performance Analytics with a reduced set up fee, and take advantage of the full suite of services, including The Comfort Score.


Provided by Gary Wollenhaupt.

Topics: Energy Audit / Energy Management, Energy Saving Products, Healthy & Comfortable Buildings, HVAC - Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation, Office Buildings

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