How Building Analytics Services Can Help You Save Big in Winter

During the winter season, it is a given that your commercial buildings consume more energy because of shorter days, increased use of lighting and heating systems. In commercial buildings, Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) as well as lighting are the biggest energy consumers as per EPA. As a commercial business owner or property manager, you might be struggling with running your business and paying the utility bills, especially in these trying times of COVID-19. Finding out how much energy your building systems are using can help you with useful information on how to mitigate energy consumption, reduce energy costs and increase the net profitability. This is where building analytics services come to the rescue.

So what is building analytics?

Building analytics services provide you with valuable insights and data pertaining to your building systems such as lighting, heating, temperature, humidity, automation building system and so on. It facilitates you to make improved and faster building management decisions, resulting in a better energy saving building and reduced carbon footprint.

In winter, your commercial building has higher energy consumption, and without building analytics services, it becomes harder to track and identify how energy is being used. In addition, large commercial buildings contain a plethora of data within their myriad of systems and equipment. However, all this data is useless if there is no analytical system to track, monitor and utilize those to implement actions that can improve the overall building system.

Although many progressive business owners have turned to Building Automation System to get better control over their various building systems, the system still has some shortcomings. For instance, not having a way to store data, set benchmark performance and so on are issues of a building automation system without the back up of building analytics services. A-TECH Engineering Ltd. provides building analytics services in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada that augment your Building Automation System and provide important data and insights pertaining to the various building systems. This facilitates business owners and building operators to observe and track the systems minutely in real-time, increase operational efficiency, reduce waste while ensuring occupants’ comfort.

How building analytics can help reduce energy cost in winter?


Winter can wreak havoc on your utility bills, especially when you have businesses operating in climate as harsh as that in Canada. It is your HVAC system that pulls most of the work to keep the building running as well as provide comfort to the occupants. In addition, the HVAC is also a critical component that affects air quality in your building, which is now more important than ever in the time of covid-19. Hence, it is imperative to ensure its servicing and maintenance is carried out regularly to prevent nasty interruptions. 

With building analytics services, you can easily optimize your HVAC performance by monitoring it acutely, getting insights on its usage, identifying sources of inefficiencies and making corrective actions faster. For example, with the internet of things – IoT solutions, combined with building analytics services, it is possible to get predictive analysis which can tell you of impending problems and save you major repair costs and reduce downtime.

In addition, having building analytics technology gives you remote access building systems data at all times to be monitored and analysed efficiently. For HVAC systems, this monitoring system measures and analyzes how frequently the system is running, how fast set points are met as well as when the building has occupants inside. For instance, your HVAC system may have a refrigerant leak due to which it is not performing optimally and on top of that wasting precious energy. Using data analytics, you can identify the system error and take corrective measures to rectify the problem sooner. This way, building analytics can be translated into actions that drive HVAC optimization, increase lifespan, reduce energy cost, and at the same time enhance the comfort of the building users.

Building analytics systems are a vast analytical tool that encompasses not only data related to your HVAC system but also lighting, automation systems, meters, alarms and so on providing you with insightful information that you can leverage to reduce energy consumption and maximize building efficiency. For example, during the winter period, due to shorter days, the lighting system can wreak up your electricity bills especially in commercial buildings. With data analytics, you can get real-time data on energy use, find out discrepancies and take actions to optimize use of lighting and lower energy costs.

Building analytics services can be implemented in any kind of industries – be it large commercial buildings, hotels and resorts, shopping malls, apartment complexes, or industrial facilities.

A-TECH Engineering Ltd provides building analytics services in Toronto as well as GTA and major cities in Canada that help you better manage your building facility and reduce energy costs while ensuring building efficiency. Connect with an A-TECH team member to discover your building’s potential savings. 

6 Reasons Why Building Analytics Should be Top of Mind in 2020 in Toronto

Most buildings nowadays implement Building Management Systems that results in efficient day to day operations and reduce operational cost. Building administrators or facilities manager uses Building Analytics to have a better understanding of the building system and have a smart analysis that makes use of machine learning algorithms and innovative visualizations.

What is Building Analytics?

Building Analytics provides insightful data and converts into actionable intelligence that can be used to optimize your facility’s energy performance. It is a combination of creating a complex system that requires a control system that is capable of handling the complexity and creating and collecting relatively large amounts of data about the operation, which requires advanced analysis in order to identify faults to proactively address building inefficiencies, and enabling you to identify and prioritize cost-saving opportunities, threats to occupant comfort and mitigate environmental vulnerability.

As you plan and make the budget for 2020, making an upgrade or a change in your building into an intelligent building should be considered by building owners and facility managers. Here are a few reasons why building analytics should be top of mind:

  • Fault Detection

Fault Detection and Diagnostics, or FDD, is the process of identifying errors in physical systems while attempting to identify the source of the problem through crowdsourced data, as well as data from meters and sensors. Determining where in the system the fault occurs, isolating the error and classifying based on fault type, size and detection time thru rule-based algorithms and pattern recognition. Then asses and determine the fault’s impact on system performance based on different prioritization categories such as energy and water savings, occupants’ comfort levels, cost, and environmental impact.  Instead of relying on monthly checkups, building analytics automatically analyzes this information at periodic intervals based on desired needs. As a basic example, if the temperature outside is high and cooling is off and there are no hot complaints, then the occupancy of the building is zero.

Monitoring the building’s system data and easily detect any system fault, can result to quickly respond to any concerns before they become more serious. Rather than allowing small issues to go unnoticed and worsen over time, either via computer controls or by dispatching a technician.

  • Improve occupant comfort

By increasing comfort levels, building analytics help in reducing complaints from occupants and help increase the productivity of the employees making them more productive. Occupant’s profiles are monitored and used to optimize schedules, making weather logs and comparing outdoor temperature. Ensuring a smooth transition from unoccupied to occupied rooms, making the system adaptable to occupant’s preferences and deliver more occupant settings. As an example, utilizing thermostats in individual offices, accompanied by an occupancy sensor in order to avoid excessive heating or cooling when the room is vacant.

  •  Increase energy performance and reducing energy consumption

Thru building analytics, historical data such as weather logs, number of guests, and buildings energy usage was gathered and studied to predict the amount of energy produced at a particular time and to reduce energy waste by identifying inefficiencies in real-time. Devices that causing the energy bills can be pinpointed and corrected.

Schneider Electric’s studies made an example, how building Analytics can save energy cost :

  • Create more environmentally friendly, high-performance buildings

The building sectors are considered as the largest single-energy use worldwide, it is also responsible for  19%  of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Energy efficiency improvements will result in greenhouse gas reductions and redefine the green building.

The green building industry generated $23.45 billion in GDP which represents 297,890 full-time jobs in 2014. This is more jobs than Canada’s oil and gas extraction, mining and forestry industries combined, which collectively employed approximately 270,450 workers in 2014.

Building analytics uses energy models to replicate the energy consumption of an existing building based on the building’s operation, utility bills, and normal weather data. This additional tool is used for conservation measures that can demonstrate potential energy savings by weighing actual energy and energy-cost values. It improves the performance of the building’s potential return on investments. 

  • Increase facility reliability and availability

Using historical data to describe how a piece of equipment normally operates and recognizing the pattern, continuously monitors its behavior in real-time and putting an alert when the operations differ from the historical norms, early detection of any abnormalities in the systems and avoiding worst defects. This allows your facilities to run more efficiently, they are less likely to break down and require repairs, which can be disruptive to a business’s day-to-day operations. Another advantage of data optimization through building analytics is automatic maintenance practices that improve operational efficiency and support capital planning through better visibility into equipment conditions and potential failure. For example, device-level monitoring can identify incorrect scheduling of a building automation system on specific devices, like lights, in order to avoid energy consumption off-hours.

  • Increase in safety and security

Security is one of the top concerns for building owners. Theft and unwanted intruders can cause threats to the safety of the tenants and, it is a must to protect and keep the tenants far from harm inside the premisses. Security guards are effective, however, it will be costly having an additional overhead cost and few guards are not enough.

Digital building technology provides several ways to improve building security without giving much cost and less hassle to tenants and employees. Most examples are widely visible and available to most of the buildings around the globe. Closed-circuit television video surveillance (CCTV), Installing access controls to all areas of your building and giving personal entry cards to authorized individuals are most effective, cost-efficient ways to improve building security. By using these tools, especially technological advancement such as IOT (internet of things), which are common trends nowadays, the building administrator can have a real time data analytics and can access anywhere, even on their smartphones. They can have monitoring of their camera feeds to identify specific behavior patterns or suspicious activity. By bringing the most relevant details to the forefront, analytics alerts keep security focused and responsive.


Building managers and operators, faced many challenges on how they can run their building efficiently. Such as reducing operational cost by means of maximizing it’s resources such as energy. They can’t control the price but they can control the consumption by using building analytics as a tool. This can help monitor the operation, measure the health of the building and address the over consumption issues by this, managing the building smartly will be possible.

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