Sometimes the challenges can also be faced by the facility managers due to which they are not able to manage the path to improve energy efficiency.
The transformation in requirements of the real world also leads to the modification in the functionality of the resources with respect to the technology to reduce the energy consumption.
Facility managers should use these resources according to the need because it also impacts the facility’s energy reputation.
Sometimes it is difficult for facility managers to find the answers to the questions such as What is it and who is it your building or facility exists to do and serve? How much disruption can it withstand before tenants start looking elsewhere? Are there critical manufacturing processes can disturb the energy efficiency? Is there a biocontainment lab on the premises in which air pressure issues are literally a matter of life and death? To find the answers to these question you should focus on your mission and try to analyze your purpose.
There will be a list of solutions you will have that you can use buts it’s your responsibility to choose the optimum solution by identifying what is needed?
A proper energy management guideline is issued by Energy Management Association (EMA) that provides a framework for defining the commissioning-based energy management process with the motive to achieve the maximum energy efficiency and that ultimately results into optimum building performance.
The guideline is of 247 pages that are used in conjunction at the time of training programs that are conducted by EMA for ANSI-accredited, Department of Energy Better Buildings® Workforce recognized Energy Management Professional (EMP) certification.
Some of the guidelines are written for energy engineers but this document also describes the process that can be easily understood by the facility manager. It encourages the proper use of valuable resources in the establishment of energy motivation, development of an energy model, proper communication with stakeholders and team building.EMA ENERGY MANAGEMENT GUIDELINE: SEVEN PHASES
This phase of EMa is responsible for Project Assessment. This phase helps the energy manager to get a clear understanding of client goals, collect preliminary information about building operations and systems. On the basis of these parameters, he can start analyzing its energy performance.
Establishment of motivation for the project can be termed a key for this phase. This phase also includes guidance for the project team.
In this phase, the energy manager combines the field knowledge and basic building information with in-depth data analysis and calculation.
The examination of previous energy consumption can help the energy manager to take the right decisions to modify the energy conservation measures and facility improvement measures (ECM/FIMs).
This phase involves site investigation. Here energy manager plays an important role in form of spending his time and gathers the comprehensive data about the project building. Energy analysis is performed here after which this data is used for further development by ECMs/FIMs.
In this phase, the “occupancy profile” is also developed that is the key information about the operations of the building.
In this phase, the ECM/FIM and EBCx Analysis are started by the energy manager. This detailed analysis of each and every measure consist of construction cost and calculations for energy savings.
After the analysis, the manager makes a report and metrics that are helpful for the client to estimate the project as a whole.
In this phase, the previously proposed ECM and FIMs are tested again and refined as per the needs.
This phase begins with the ultimate planning of ECMs/FIMs and EBCx, verification and measurements.
The installation is done as per the plan . Here the energy managers work closely with the clients, staff and construction team for implementing ECM and FIMs in a better way.
It is also known as a pre-final expectance phase where the manager declares the required level of building a performance that has been accomplished by the following implementations.
Here the energy manager settles the documents, activities and modifications are made according to it.
Energy manager performs the verification and measurement to make sure that the CMs and FIMs were fixed correctly as per the intended requirement.
It is the final phase of EMP here continuous management of energy making sure that quality performance of the building. This phase includes planning and implementing the strategies that are aimed to enhance the energy usage and energy efficiency.
Here energy, managers role is to implement energy management as a continuous process.“Enhancing Operations and Maintenance” this case study is also included in this phase.
Advancements in Energy Audits
Its main motive is to enhance the quality of energy audit and retrofit projects on behalf of facility providers. This will result in better practice implementation intended for energy efficiency.