Energy accountability brings LEED Platinum certification
Earth Rangers was looking for partners who could donate equipment and expertise. After earning LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold for New Construction certification, Earth Rangers decided to further demonstrate their commitment to reducing energy use and CO2 emissions by pursuing a LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings certification—the highest level of certification offered under LEED.
Schneider ElectricSchneider Electric is a leading global manufacturer of equipment for electrical power distribution and for industrial control and automation. The company helps power generators distribute electricity; designs automation systems for the automobile and water treatment industries; builds electric networks and utility management systems for energy, water treatment, oil and gas, and marine applications; and manages electric power in residential, industrial, and commercial buildings.Year founded: 1836Revenue: $26.0 billion (2014)EPA: SUFeatured Subsidiaries/ Business Units:- Avantis- Wonderware
Construction & Buildings
Earth Rangers is a Canadian non-profit organization that promotes the importance of protecting biodiversity and the adoption of more sustainable behavior through community events, online education, and a positive science. Earth Rangers has successfully applied their message and positive science to their 60,000 square foot (5600m²) facility, based outside of Toronto, to make it one of the most energy efficient buildings on the planet.
- CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
Schneider Electric recommended hosted StruxureWare Energy Operation software, an advanced energy management information system that leverages existing real-time monitoring and control systems with: - automated tools to identify, analyze, and report on energy savings and sustainability initiatives - automatic transfer of energy monitoring system data to a public facing display kiosk and corporate website - verified utility billing data and reports providing insight on power sent back to the grid through on-site generation - powerful management tools to validate the effectiveness of their energy savings initiatives and investments, helping document the true return on investment in dollars, kWh and CO2 saved
- DATA COLLECTED
Emissions Rate, Energy Consumption Rate, Energy Cost Per Unit, Energy Usage, Facility Management
- SOLUTION TYPE
- SOLUTION MATURITY
Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
- OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Impact #1 [Efficiency Improvement - Energy]
Schneider Electric building automation/energy management solutions helped us achieve the goal upgrading our building from LEED Gold to LEED Platinum.
Impact #2 Impact #3
- QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
Benefits include 20% year-over-year reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas savings of 444.2 tons of CO2.
StruxureWare Energy Operation contributed substantially to Earth Rangers achieving certification to LEED Platinum by helping the organization target multiple credits under LEED Existing Building, namely Energy and Atmosphere Credits 3.2 and 3.3 (system level metering), along with Water Efficiency Credit 1.1 (sub-metering and reporting).
- USE CASES
Building Energy Management System (BEMS)Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) are computer-based systems that help to manage, control and monitor building technical services (HVAC, lighting etc.) and the energy consumption of devices used by the building. They provide the information and the tools that building managers need both to understand the energy usage of their buildings and to control and improve their buildings’ energy performance.HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) is the technology of indoor environmental control. Its goal is to manage air temperature, humidity, and quality to meet the needs of both people and industrial processes. With low-cost sensors, wireless connectivity and more powerful data processors, HVAC companies are now able to collect real-time performance data and monitor the condition of their equipment. Remote monitoring solutions can monitor hard to reach areas and sites in order to alert staff to breakage and heat or water damage in a cable. IoT can help the HVAC industry improve overall equipment effectiveness and save money by minimizing equipment failure and optimizing energy usage and performance levels.