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Autonomous Buildings of the Future

Imagine spending less than 10% of your time on emergencies

Today, many facilities engineers rely on manufacturers’ recommendations and guidelines for maintaining their building equipment and systems.

This scheduled maintenance, typically based on scheduled time intervals, has long been the standard approach to keeping building systems performing as needed and preventing downtime as much as possible. What many building owners fail to realize, however, is that relying predominantly on time-based maintenance programs does not take into consideration how the equipment is actually used. That is, the manufacturer recommended programs are based on time intervals, but cannot account for heavier-than-normal, or even lighter-than-typical, usage. You could either be over-servicing or under-servicing your equipment.

Think about your car for a minute.
It used to be that you had your oil changed every three months or 3,000 miles—whichever came first; based on manufacturer recommendations. Today, however, newer vehicles have on-board analytics that monitor how much you drive your car, the conditions you drive your car under, and much more. Instead of relying on a basic interval before maintaining your car, we can instead let the vehicle’s analytics tell us when we’re due for an oil change, or to put air in the tires, and much more. Instead of 3-4 oil changes a year, how often do you go now? Perhaps you’re changing your oil less often, saving you both time and money. Alternatively, you may be going more often than before.  We don’t need to fall back on time intervals because the equipment in our buildings can tell us much more about how it’s operating. A chiller in Arizona will almost certainly have more usage than one in Oregon; should they really be maintained on the same, time-based schedule?

Buildings are becoming data-rich environments, a fact that represents a fundamental shift in the facilities industry.



• Maintaining high system performance on a continuous basis is challenging.

• Spending on connected buildings is expected to more than triple from 2013 to 2018, representing a 28.4 percent compound annual growth rate, it is safe to say that connected buildings will be the wave of the future .

• Most companies take the traditional approach to maintenance, relying on time-based programs recommended by manufacturers.

• Digital technologies can minimize maintenance calls by helping your team identify potential problems before they happen.

• This approach doesn’t allow companies to prioritize the equipment that would have the biggest impact if it failed.

• Facility engineers are alerted to systems that need attention and can fix them immediately, avoiding fault occurrence.

• It also doesn’t take into account actual equipment usage

• Maintenance is performed based on equipment usage instead of schedules, they are extending equipment lifecycles.

• Your facilities engineers could be under or over servicing your equipment, neither of which is ideal.

Digital technologies help your team maintain optimal system performance longer and more consistently.
For example, studies show that using predictive maintenance programs lead to 70 to 75% fewer breakdowns.5

• Worse yet, research shows that most facilities engineers are taking a reactive approach to maintenance3.

5“Operations & Maintenance Best Practices: A Guide to Achieving Operational Efficiency,” Federal Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy, August 2010.

The good news is that this trend toward digitalization and connected devices will create vast amounts of data you can employ to maximize building performance. By changing the mix from predominately reactive to predominately predictive maintenance, for your critical building systems, top performing facilities improve equipment, system, and building performance while extending the life of building systems and equipment.

The building of tomorrow is here today. Digitalization is helping building owners today enhance the performance of their building systems. When it comes to building technology, tomorrow is closer than you think. Digital Services combined with Intelligent Infrastructure Solutions can help you create the perfect place.

Click here to get a more in-depth overview of Digital Services and the steps you can take to get started on your journey to the smart building.

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