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Introducing Energy Management Systems into Smaller Facilities
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Many small and medium sized commercial buildings are energy hogs. Typically they were designed and built to meet low first cost criteria. Control system capability is usually minimal, insulation is thin, glass areas are large, and HVAC equipment oversized. As a result, the energy appetite of this class of building often makes them excellent candidates for installation of a small energy management system. Owners considering the potential benefits of EMS control will, however, need to educate themselves about EMS control strategies, utility rate schedules, energy consumption patterns, building and occupant behavior, and maintenance requirements before making any commitments. It is risky to depend on vendor evaluations and assurances without this basic knowledge. It is also important to understand that in order to sustain benefits from an EMS installation the owner must be prepared to fine tune the system to meet changing situations and to keep all equipment properly maintained.
SubjectSmall and Medium Sized Commercial Buildings
Energy Management Systems
Lawrence, J. A. (1983). Introducing Energy Management Systems into Smaller Facilities. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from