BUILDING OPTIMIZATION PROGRAM
The Building Optimization Project is a partnership between UBC’s Sustainability Office, Facilities Management and FortisBC to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions from legacy campus buildings. Monitoring software and a public-facing dashboard, developed by Pulse Energy, has been implemented in nine campus buildings.
Building Energy Dashboard
The energy dashboard is a public-facing tool that enables our campus community to see and understand our building energy use. Providing the tool is a key element of our building occupant engagement plan to create awareness and voluntary actions to reduce energy consumption.
How is it used?
The dashboard enables building occupants to see and monitor building energy consumption. Actions such as turning off the lights at night or putting on a sweater instead of plugging in a space heater can help reduce building energy consumption. Collective actions have a direct impact on the energy conservation efforts of the whole building.
“Implementing technological changes alone have been shown to reduce energy consumption by 3%. Engaging people achieves savings of 16% but when technological change and people are targeted simultaneously, savings of up to 23% are reported.” Source: NRCAN
How does it work?
Pulse software connects to our building’s energy meters, collects the data, analyzes it, then displays the results in real-time on this dashboard. Click icon to enter dashboard.
Upon entering the dashboard’s home overview page, you will notice four icons at the top left hand corner representing the energy use for electricity, gas, hot water (boilers) and chilled water (district energy). Click on an icon and you will see the buildings which are being monitored for that particular type of energy.
To view a particular building, you can either:
- Click on the building name at the top of each building photo or
- Click on the Locations tab located at the top of the overview page and scroll down to the building you want to view.
Upon entering a building’s page, you can do the following:
- Click on the energy icons at the top left hand corner of the page to view the energy consumption.
- Click on the “compare” button to compare the energy consumption of two buildings.
- Click on the “month” button to change the timeframe of the energy consumption viewed. Your choices are: day, week, month or 3 months.
- Go to the energy equivalency section below the energy monitoring chart to see the building’s energy consumption in real world terms. Use the horizontal arrows at the bottom to scroll back and forth.
- Go to the green features section on the bottom right hand side of the building page to view the building’s green features. Use the horizontal arrows at the bottom to scroll back and forth.
- Located to the right of the Locations tab in the header bar is a leaf icon. Click on it to view energy saving tips. Use the horizontal arrows to scroll back and forth.
- Located to the right of the leaf icon is a map icon. Click on it to view a Google Map of the campus.
- Located to the right of the map icon is a feedback icon. You can submit an idea, a question, a problem or other suggestions.
- Located to the right of the feedback icon is a question mark icon. Click on this icon for assistance and support from Pulse Energy
Contact us for more information.