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Setpoint Systems Corporation and Coppertree Analytics Announce New Strategic Partnership

Littleton, Colorado November 25, 2013

Since 1983, Setpoint Systems Corporation, an independent integrator of building control systems has been uniquely positioned to offer fully integrated system solutions on a common communications network. Their diverse and dynamic portfolio includes: 40+ story high-rise commercial office buildings, 1000+ room hotels, university campuses, K-12 school districts, hospitals, 40-megawatt data centers, top-secret military facilities, jails and prisons, and major league sports stadiums.

“Our customers are seeking to maximize every area of their buildings and facilities. We strive to provide optimal and collaborative solutions for their project. CopperTrees’ approach to analytics is focused on gaining insight into large and complex data sets in order to reach your building’s maximum potential.” – Aaron Nahale, CEO, Setpoint Systems Corporation

CopperTree Analytics’ approach was driven out of frustration with “smart” buildings not delivering on the promise of intelligent and efficient operation. From its inception, the team at CopperTree knew there must be better ways to operate buildings, and they made it their mission to make buildings easier to monitor, diagnose, improve, and manage.

About Coppertree Analytics:
For more than 30 years, Coppertree’s parent companies – Delta Controls (one of the largest independent building controls manufacturers) and ESC (Western Canada’s largest building systems integrator) – have been at the forefront of creating SMART buildings. Long before ‘sustainable’ was a buzz word, the founders were involved in energy audits and consulting; and so it was a natural extension to create Coppertree in response to the growing demand for building energy management services.

Our heritage means we combine an implicit understanding of the technology, which controls buildings with the practicalities of maintaining them – so you get a solution, which delivers genuine energy savings. Know your energy issues – Fix what is broken.

Put simply, Coppertree analytics provides energy management and fault detection diagnostics as software-as-a-service, which delivers you the power to optimize your building performance.

We were frustrated how SMART buildings aren’t delivering on the promise ‘intelligent’ buildings inspired and we know we can fix that. Our mission is to lessen the climate changing impact of buildings by making them easier to monitor and manage.

Based outside Vancouver, a city with a booming tech sector, we share a similar profile being young and multicultural. Our average age is 33, and diverse cultural backgrounds from Vietnam and India to Ireland and Russia. Learn more at coppertreeanalytics.com.

Contact Information
Setpoint Systems Corporation
Corporate Headquarter
8167 Southpark Circle
Littleton, CO 80120

+1.303.733.2300

Info.setpointsystems.com

Coppertree Analytics
100 – 5265 185A Street
Surrey, BC V3s 7A4

+1.604.575.5943

info.coppertreeanalytics.com

Energy Savings: the Data Are in the Details

Energy managers know that every commercial building is complex. The upside to that complexity is that many of these buildings offer large energy efficiency potential. Through identifying efficiency opportunities in thousands of commercial buildings to-date, we have confirmed a simple premise. A commercial building’s energy use data set is like a fingerprint: no two are exactly alike.

With that in mind, energy managers need a smart strategy for understanding and capturing efficiency opportunities. Here are a few tips:

1)     Don’t just look across the road – A recent slew of energy management tools suggest that energy managers can design energy efficiency strategies based on comparisons to buildings with a similar size and use-profile. Don’t be tempted to compare your efficiency achievements with building operators overseeing other properties.

Our research has shown that ‘like-building’ hypothesis may prove true for the residential sector or the smallest commercial buildings such as pizza shops. But for most of the commercial sector, even very similar buildings can have vastly different energy-use profiles, and it’s important to tailor your strategy accordingly.  Take for example the two buildings highlighted in the infographic below, both of which operate near Chicago with similar sizes, sources of heating/power, assets, and Energy Use Intensity. Their strong resemblance on the surface disappears with a deeper dive into the building’s true energy usage patterns.

While a “like-building” analysis using benchmarks or past databases might suggest that these buildings have similar opportunities, in fact, Building #1 has nearly twice the annual savings potential as Building #2.  It also has more operationally-focused energy conservation opportunities coming from lighting controls, HVAC/plug controls and cooling set points. In contrast, Building #2 would benefit most from a lighting retrofit, making its energy reduction opportunity more about asset improvements than about operational changes.

Looking even deeper, an even larger difference is noticed in how energy is used throughout the building. Cooling usage dominates Building #2 (48% vs. 18%), while Building #1 has more usage going to lighting and plug loads. These breakdowns are part of what drives the differences in recommendations.  It’s worth noting that these unique building results came from advanced analytics applied to their meter data, leading us to the next tip…

Every Building Has Its Own Story To Tell

If all buildings have their own story to tell, how can you effectively approach each and every one?

2)     Real data doesn’t lie – Greater availability of high frequency consumption data coming from commercial building utility meters, coupled with recent advancements in data analytics provides a completely new way to understand energy performance. This data is just as available as square footage and EUI, but much, much richer.  Using consumption data as a starting point for understanding your usage gets you to the source of energy (in)efficiencies. It is not uncommon for data analytics to uncover, for example, a simultaneous heating and cooling issue that a building operator is adamant doesn’t exist. That is, until he goes and double checks the air conditioning systems.  You can’t hide from what the data reveals.  Although it may be uncomfortable to see the truth,data and advanced analytics provide great insights into ways to save energy and money in your building.

3)     Go deep and be objective – not wide and subjective. Many energy efficiency initiatives start with an audit, so the quality of information gained from that step is critical. Sending in a team of people with hard hats and clipboards to record the minutiae of energy use, from how often the mechanical equipment is shut down to how many times the building automation system is manually overridden, may be the first choice. However, in some situations, it may not be the best. Besides being an expensive and time-consuming endeavor, those kinds of audits may be led by individuals with differing experience, motivation, and techniques.  Numerous studies have shown that onsite audits yield highly inconsistent results, mostly because it’s hard to make consistent auditors.

Think about audit partners that can strive for objective consistency each and every time they analyze a building. There are firms that can provide that level of deep and specific building detail without requiring all those boots on the ground. An even better approach may be to perform the analytics first and then provide those results to the energy audit team, therefore enhancing the overall process.

4)     Put your utilities on speed dial – It is becoming common knowledge that many utility companies have significant monetary incentives for increasing building energy efficiency. So, it’s time to take full advantage. Every commercial energy manager should know who runs the efficiency programs within their utility providers, and should be in regular touch to better understand their buildings’ energy use profiles and savings opportunities, and available incentives.

Like all relationships, however, the energy manager-utility relationship is a two-way street. The better data and insight that utilities have on your energy usage, the better job they can do to help you realize savings. As the infographic above contends, every commercial building in a utility’s portfolio is different, and you should look to partner with your utility to identify the right kinds of operational and asset-based cost savings opportunities.

5)     Go public. Making your buildings’ energy performance part of everyone’s business is, well, good business. Providing energy audit results to your constituents – from tenants’ facility personnel to your preferred energy contractors to your own CFO – is crucial in ensuring that efficiency projects don’t fall by the wayside.

Why is transparency so important? Because it enables you to demonstrate not just the hows of energy efficiency (e.g., turning off the lights at 6:00 p.m. will save 10,000 kWh of energy) but also thewhys (e.g., turning off the lights at 6:00 p.m. saved the company $1,500 in energy costs last month, enabling us to purchase better equipment for our staff or our tenants). Most important, making energy use and savings data available helps make a stronger business case for energy efficiency projects.

Every building has its own story to tell, and the plotline is in the detail revealed through analytics. Data that lives deep within the lighting, power, HVAC and water systems in every building should be mined, analyzed and presented in a way that shows the value that energy efficiency projects can unlock. By looking at each building’s unique energy fingerprint, you can find hidden opportunities for efficiency and cost savings without always having to putting on a hardhat.

Article By: Swapnil Shah is CEO of FirstFuel.

The Global Market for Building Energy Management Systems will Reach Over $23bn by 2017

The Global Market for Building Energy Management Systems will Reach Over $23bn by 2017, Predicts Memoori Research Article By: Businesswire.com

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In 2013, the total world sales of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) will be $16.7 billion at an installed value and Memoori forecasts that it will grow to $23.14 billion by 2017. This represents a CAGR of approximately 8.4% over the 5-year period.

“The Market for Building Energy Management Systems & Enterprise Energy Management”

Energy savings remain the key driver for the BEMS & EEM markets. Global attention is on the efficient use of energy resources and reduction in CO2 emissions. With buildings accounting for around 40% of primary energy usage, savings here can make a significant impact.

The major multinational companies Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, Siemens and UTC dominate the products business in most countries across the developed world. We estimate that between them they take as much as 70% of the world’s product business and they have held this position for 15 years through an active acquisition strategy.

The Smart Buildings technology landscape is getting more competitive by the day. This is good news for end users, as vendors are competing to bring the most productive and cost effective solutions to market. Industry heavyweights from IT and building automation are being joined by niche energy management software providers, in the race to deliver sophisticated energy management solutions for automating and transforming facilities in buildings.

About the Report

At 155 pages with 16 charts and tables, and for only $999 USD, “The Market for Building Energy Management Systems & Enterprise Energy Management” reviews the growing business of energy management in commercial buildings. You can learn more at the reports Website;http://www.memoori.com/portfolio/bems-market-2013-to-2017/

About Memoori Business Intelligence Ltd

Memoori is an independent market research and investment advisor. Our research helps companies create sound marketing and investment strategies for Security, Smart Grid, Smart Building and Lighting markets. For more information, visit http://memoori.com

 

Contacts

Memoori Business Intelligence Ltd
Jim McHale, Director
support@memoori.com
+44-207- 193-1004

Case Study: University of Colorado

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Located at the base of Pikes Peak along the southern Rocky Mountains, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) is host to 12,000 students. Founded in 1965, UCCS has a campus covering over 500 acres, with buildings as diverse as Main Hall, which dates back to 1914, to the 87,000 square foot Beth-El College of Nursing.

Unique problem to solve

UCCS had several goals for the project, each requiring a special set of circumstances. One building called for the replacement of an old DDC system, another needed a partial replacement of an old data management system. Modems needed to be replaced with a campus wide network; software was upgraded. At the same time a new Web server and historian was installed. In addition, the school added electrical meter tracking for all the buildings in order to monitor when peak usage was occurring. Equally important was to be able to complete the project with available funding.

System solution

Setpoint provided UCCS with several package options so the school could choose which solution worked best for its needs and budget. A BACnet system integrated different existing systems as well as the new network, HVAC and electrical meter reading and trending. The University Center went from a pneumatic system to DDC. Setpoint worked with the UCCS IT department to program the system to fit the school’s specific requirements.

Results

Says Ralph Henline, HVAC Technician, “Setpoint was great in causing as little disruption as possible while the system was being installed. The Delta system has helped make it easier to improve occupant comfort. For instance, in the Engineering Building, we have better temperature control. And no longer have to run chillers and boilers at the same time!” Mr. Henline was also quite impressed with Setpoint’s after service, pointing out that when a glitch arose with the firmware, Setpoint replaced the affected controllers at no charge.

What they’re saying at UCCS

On service and support

Setpoint provided us with several option packages so we could build what was most relevant for us. It was important for the school to have that flexibility. Our IT Department uses a little different setup than most other schools, but Setpoint worked with us to get everything talking.”

Ralph Henline, HVAC Technician

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

 

 

About Delta Controls:

Since its inception, Delta Controls has taken a single approach to business: do what it takes to do the job right, all the time, every time. That’s why we offer the most interoperable BACnet platform in the industry. And designed our own HVAC, lighting and access systems to be fully integrated and operated from a single workstation. We pride ourselves on our easy-to-use graphic interface and customizable software. Simply put, we do it right.

Coppertree Analytics: The Technology


Our Technology

Coppertree solves energy management issues through technology that automatically checks the integrity of your Building Automation System (BAS) while pinpointing system inefficiencies. It compares the data gathered from your system to a defined baseline and highlights any changes. Its powerful reporting tool automatically generates visuals and allows you to build custom dashboards and reports. It can even send notifications, reports, and alerts directly to your phone or tablet. The Coppertree technology is achieved through the three step process of: Acquire, Analyze, and Advise.

Acquire

Coppertree acquires relevant data such as BACnet objects and trend logs from your existing Building Automation System (BAS) and stores them securely in the cloud. A CopperCube will first be installed at your building so data can be gathered and uploaded. Once data collection starts, analysis and optimization begin immediately.

Analyze

Coppertree’s continuous commissioning analysis allows your building to be fine-tuned for optimal efficiency every few seconds by analyzing data as it is received. The powerful analytical engine also automatically detects system errors and notifies you as soon as issues occur. Energy consumption is measured against model baselines so you can reach your energy targets.

Advise

Coppertree allows you to schedule immediate, daily, weekly, or monthly reports and receive insights into building abnormalities. Notifications and alerts are sent right to your computer, phone, or tablet. Access customizable dashboards, charts, tables, and diagrams to visually present energy information to clients or educate employees.

Acquire

Coppertree acquires relevant data such as BACnet objects and trend logs from your existing Building Automation System (BAS) and stores them securely in the cloud. A CopperCube will first be installed at your building so data can be gathered and uploaded. Once data collection starts, analysis and optimization begin immediately.

Analyze

Coppertree’s continuous commissioning analysis allows your building to be fine-tuned for optimal efficiency every few seconds by analyzing data as it is received. The powerful analytical engine also automatically detects system errors and notifies you as soon as issues occur. Energy consumption is measured against model baselines so you can reach your energy targets.

Advise

Coppertree allows you to schedule immediate, daily, weekly, or monthly reports and receive insights into building abnormalities. Notifications and alerts are sent right to your computer, phone, or tablet. Access customizable dashboards, charts, tables, and diagrams to visually present energy information to clients or educate employees.

If you would like to learn more please visit: Coppertree here or contact a Setpoint Systems Corporation Account manager here for a live Demo!

enteliWEB 2.1 Facility Management Software- Is it for you?

Who is enteliWEB for?

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Owners

It’s should be no surprise to you that there is more to running  a building – any building – than there ever has been before. Wouldn’t it be good to know that your resources are being spent in the most efficient ways possible? We know how much data is constantly being generated by your buildings and the real need to be able to find, process and respond to that information in a timely factor. enteliWEB is built with that need in mind. Through the dashboards and enteliWEB’s ability to interact and integrate a variety of different third party equipment into a single point of content, you can get an accurate snapshot of your building’s performance in a single glance. By remaining informed through interaction with actual, real-time data from your building,  you can ensures that you have all the tools you could need to effectively manage your building and ensure that you are always delivering the highest quality real estate.

Facilities Team

You and your team are always busy. We know that the day to day management of your facility’s BMS can be a constant game of hide and seek between your maintenance team and the little problems that seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times. What improvements could you be making if you could more efficiently manage the everyday issues in your building?

Alarm management is the mainstay of any BMS interface. Without knowing what is wrong, how can you hope to possibly fix it? But what if you could schedule and delegate alarms directly from the BMS? enteliWEB allows you to send alarms directly to your staff’s email or mobile device and enables them to track their process and report on the issue right back into the system. Why interact with an alarm three or four times going back and forth from email a written notes when your staff can simply log in remotely and address their alarms directly. You can track the process of your system alarms directly rather than run the risk that something was fixed but not removed from the list, or worse yet, missed completely when you had thought it was being taken care of.

Learn more at: http://deltacontrols.com/enteliweb or contact an account manager at Setpoint Systems Corporation for a live demo at: setpointsystems.com

enteliWEB 2.1 Facility Management Software- Key Features: Audit Log

AUDIT LOG

A single consolidated log is available in enteliWEB to record operator actions, alarm transitions and device offline records.

  • Operators may troubleshoot by cross-referencing log entries from different parts of the system in a single view.
  • A timeline chart allows operators to visualize multiple log entries.
  • Operators can search through records quickly or use the Advanced Filter to find specific log entries.

Learn more at: http://deltacontrols.com/enteliweb or contact an account manager at Setpoint Systems Corporation for a live demo at: setpointsystems.com