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Energy Manager

 

Measure Utilities

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Of course your goal is to conserve energy. However measuring your savings from individual sources can be challenging. With the Curator software suite, you can track, estimate, and compare your energy conservation efforts with previous periods. Compare performance between years, months, weeks, days, or even by the hour through any period, or baseline, of your choosing. Receive Copppertree insights directly on your mobile device when your current energy consumption exceeds expectation.

Bill Management

Tracking your utilities is the first component of an effective energy management strategy. Coppertree’s Curator software provides you with an easy way to organize your utility bills. Import CSV data from historical sources, enter your bills manually, and insert manual readings for comparison. Input vendor information to fully customize your local rate structure. Add physical sub meters to your data gathering engine for tenant billing or create virtual meters from mechanical system data for complete energy monitoring of every component.

Compare Readings

Do you measure utilities manually? You no longer have to wonder whether your energy provider miscalculated your bill, or whether your meter requires calibration because Curator allows you to compare manual readings to the automated data that you receive from your Building Automation System. Add the comparison to your reports through downloadable visuals and tables.

Conserve Energy

Baselines

How can you set energy conservation targets if you don’t know what you are comparing with? Comparing with a previous period or last year is good, but not the best solution. The Curator software suite provides the best, with the tools that allow you to create custom baselines for your facility in compliance with the IPMVP protocol (Option C). Evaluate and report on the energy consumption of your facilities in real-time, and compare these to your baseline to have an instantaneous measure of energy retrofit performance.

Carbon Accounting

Stakeholders have carbon-reduction goals and the general public expects annual sustainability reports from you. Impress your colleagues in management and public relations by showing them yearly, monthly, daily, weekly, or even hourly carbon emission info associated with real-time energy use. All that is required is a simple setup and Curator automatically translates energy usage into quantifiable, and reportable, greenhouse gas emissions.

Instant Notification

It is hard to know exactly when your energy will surpass peak demand and accrue additional charges. It is also hard to detect faulty pieces of equipment leading to overconsumption of energy. Curator provides customizable insights sent instantly to your computer or mobile device whenever energy conservation is being compromised, allowing you to take action the instant problems occur.

Demonstrate ROI

Reports

You are in charge of communicating ROI to your stakeholders and it isn’t always easy. We know it can take hours to create a report so Curator allows you to easily view, gather, and collect the data you need for reporting though Coppertree’s automated reporting tool. Create reports showing instantaneous savings and monthly summaries. Compare with other buildings and baselines, and send these reports automatically to stakeholders. Build exactly the report you need to easily illustrate your building’s ongoing efficiencies.

Dashboards

Curator puts you in charge by allowing you to fully customize your energy dashboard. Keep tabs on specific departments, buildings, or meters and visually compare them with the baselines you define. You are in control and can determine which information is important to you. After you decide on the information to be shown, share the dashboard with building occupants so you can educate your colleagues, show stakeholders ROI using live data, or present the dashboard during presentations and conferences with your clients.

Rate of Return

See the impact on your budget and cash-flow to determine the net present value and ROI to verify whether you are making sound investment. Curator’s built-in rate of return calculation tool allows you to have easy access to all the energy, cost, and savings data in one place to help you with decision making regarding equipment upgrades, retrofitting projects, or any other energy improvement initiatives.

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!

The Delta Controls Difference

We have been partnering with Delta Controls since the early 90’s to provide tailored and custom solutions for your building of facilities. We wanted to take a few moments to highlight: …how Delta Controls isn’t just another controls company.

THE DELTA DIFFERENCE

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Delta Controls is the benchmark for controls manufacturers being one of the most respected organizations in our industry. The integrity, reliability, innovation and track record of Delta Controls differentiates us from the crowd. End-Users build their infrastructure around Delta Controls products, our Partner organizations and Delta Controls innovation. At the root of all this success is our people. They use technology to create products that are simple, yet powerful enough to inspire integration upon which infrastructures and businesses to be built. Delta Controls takes an ethical and long-term view to business and to relationships. We strive to continue to be the benchmark, to do it right and do the right thing by our customers, partners, employees and the environment we live in. This stance builds relationships, creates open partnerships and embraces open technologies, allowing freedom of choice to both end-users and partners alike.

DO IT RIGHT

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At Delta Controls, the mantra Do It Right is the “how”. It is how we design, manufacture and support our products. It is how we serve our customers. It is how we treat our employees, partners and vendors. And it is how we view business in general and respect the planet we live on.

The company was founded by two partners, who sought a better way of doing business. More than 3 decades ago, they built their own product range, to ensure a customer’s needs were met when others had walked away. This same attitude inspired Delta to take and maintain its leading role in the development of the open BACnet protocol, as well as create the most robust line of BACnet products in the industry.
Everybody at Delta Controls knows what Do It Right means to them. Do It Right is a badge that employees wear with pride. It is a culture upon which innovation is created, businesses are built and long-term relationships are formed.

EARTHRIGHT SUSTAINABILITY

Our world is changing. The availability of our natural resources is being threatened. The conservation of energy is key to our future as the costs of supply rise each day. One company has consistently cared about our changing world. Not just in what it produces, but the way it conducts its business.
Long before creating Delta Controls, its co-founders realized the importance of saving energy. As consultants during the energy crisis of the 1970s, they conducted audits to help buildings save energy and money. Seeing a market need for products, they developed them, installed them, and reduced energy costs by up to 60% in customer’s buildings. Since 1980, they have been doing much the same thing the world over under the banner of Delta Controls.
Today, Delta Controls continues that philosophy. Our Earthright product features, Energy Dashboards and Apps to help customers reduce energy consumption. Our low carbon footprint HQ has natural ventilation, natural lighting and ground source heat pumps including 84 wells under the parking lot. We recycle all possible materials from our manufacturing facility and even our product packaging has green credentials. All our staff is encouraged to stay fit and healthy (using our gym and various evening classes). And everyone joins in the many charitable functions that make a contribution to making the world a better place.
Our environment is beautiful. Our energy resource is precious and it’s our responsibility to help it stay that way. Do it right with a green, responsible company producing energy saving solutions… an organization business leaders worldwide are proud to partner with.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE

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Delta Controls believes that building owners and managers should be able to use the best technology for their buildings, no matter where it’s produced. This is why we have been on the leading edge of developing the open BACnet protocol from the beginning.
Delta Controls gives you the freedom to integrate. Whether you’re overseeing a small office building or a large university campus, you can control all your building functions—HVAC, lighting, access, CCTV and more. Delta Controls designed the first native BACnet access control and lighting system. Delta can seamlessly integrate systems from different manufacturers so that they talk to one another. With a BACnet system you’re not held captive by a proprietary system and are free to choose the best technology available that meets your particular requirements and budgets.
We believe that customers should be free to choose the product they wish rather than be handcuffed to a single manufacturer’s product offerings. BACnet Open Protocol systems give you this freedom of choice. At Delta Controls we have a world-wide network of Partner organizations that can serve you locally and understand your building and the application required to make your control system a success.

DELIVERING REDUCED COSTS

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An integrated system, across HVAC, access control, lighting, CCTV etc saves you money. During installation, the number of networks can be reduced. The amount of project coordination, training, documentation and other duplicated effort is less.
Integrated systems have lower life cycle costs. Access control and occupancy detection can help reduce energy consumption. System maintenance routines can be reduced through cooperation between different customer departments. An understanding of a building’s processes will allow the Delta Controls Partner to create an efficient and thus economical system for end-users.
A choice of Partner promotes value for money to the customer. A good local relationship allows your chosen Partner organization to apply our flexible programming language and a wide range of HMI such as our 7” touch screen to suit the needs of your building.
Finally, our products last. Proven to be reliable and protect a client’s investment over the years. The Delta Controls system is scalable and flexible and will grow as your organization grows.

If you would like to learn more please visit: Delta Controls here or contact a Setpoint Systems Corporation Account manager here to talk about tailored solutions for your facility or building.

How Facility Managers Can Integrate Systems In Existing Buildings

How Facility Managers Can Integrate Systems In Existing Buildings: By Jim Sinopoli

When it comes to the idea of integrating systems in existing buildings, facility managers may find themselves torn. On the one hand, there are solid, bottom-line reasons to integrate systems in existing buildings. On the other, there is a range of problems that don’t exist in new construction, from legacy systems to missing information. But those problems don’t mean that facility managers should forget about integration in existing buildings. Good planning can go a long way to getting around those challenges.

It’s important to keep in mind that systems integration can deliver tangible benefits in existing buildings. For example, by functionally linking two systems, facility managers can obtain system capabilities that neither system could do by itself. The best example of this process is the integration that takes place with the fire alarm system. The fire alarm triggers the HVAC system to control smoke and ventilation, the access control system to provide egress for occupant evacuation, the elevator system to either bring the cabs to the bottom floor or, depending on the height of the building, provide elevators for evacuation in a high-rise. Without the automated systems’ integration, each of these components would have to be separately and manually adjusted. The integration provides functionality that no one system can, does so automatically, and the facility and its occupants benefit. The theory is, essentially, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Another reason to integrate systems is to combine the system data. The facility manager isn’t limited to simply looking at data from one building system; rather, a database with multiple systems is created so holistic data can be analyzed and correlated, and useful building metrics can be developed that will lead to enhanced operations. This type of unified database is generally used in a truly integrated building management system. Bringing all the facility data into a unified database architecture and putting into practice standard methodologies and processes to manage the data has multiple benefits. Building data are more widely available, sharable, and accessible. There’s also improvements in archiving, preservation, and retention of data, as well as improved integrity of the data. From a cost basis, a single database considerably reduces the cost and support for synchronizing separate databases. It provides a common platform for data mining, data exchange, and enterprise data access.

Today’s systems integration includes all of the control systems in a building, but also encompasses facility management systems and business systems, and eventually will extend to utility grids.

Integration in Existing Buildings

For new construction systems, integration is addressed in MasterFormat Division 25, created in 2004, with the resulting product being construction documents for integrated automation similar to specifications and drawings from other design disciplines.

While new construction may have higher visibility, the fact is that there are many more existing buildings than new construction projects, and there is no reason why existing properties can’t benefit from systems integration. The financial impact of improving the performance of an existing building and adding appropriate technology amenities can be compelling. The investment in an existing building is returned in reduced operating and energy costs, lower cost for tenant improvements, higher rents, higher asset valuation, and a positive impact on capital planning.

Existing buildings come with baggage, however. They already have building systems installed. It’s likely that older buildings may have automation systems using proprietary or legacy network protocols which will need to be migrated to open protocols. Typically this means the use of gateways or some middleware to translate protocols.

There are other challenges. Sometimes the documentation on the building systems — such as the original as-built drawings — may be unavailable. Cable pathways, if needed, may be difficult to find. And there may be organizational issues involved with coordinating facility management and IT.