Today’s facility managers are updating how they keep buildings safe and comfortable, as well as operating efficiently. According to a recent article in BUILDINGS MAGAZINE, “a new trade is emerging, bridging facilities management and IT.”
Internet-Protocol (IP)-based systems are becoming increasingly commonplace in building automation, leading to the need to prioritize security, energy efficiency and comfort. This rings true especially in multifamily dwellings, where tenants expect individualized temperature control and information at their fingertips.
Take Brooks Patterson, developer of Lofts at Empire Yard, an adaptive-reuse building in Macon, Georgia featuring 28 loft-style apartments, for example. In retrofitting the 65,000-square-foot former ice and coal warehouse space, Patterson knew he wanted the quiet operation and energy efficiency of a variable-capacity system. However, he also needed an integrated solution to ensure streamlined building management and simplified comfort control for his tenants.
Streamlined Management and Satisfied Tenants
In the Lofts at Empire Yard apartments, the kumo cloud app gives tenants user-friendly control over their individual system using a wall-mounted tablet or mobile device.
From a property management and equipment troubleshooting perspective, this internet-based controls solution allows units to be managed and evaluated for issues remotely. kumo cloud also allows Patterson to track each apartment’s energy consumption, which he’s observed to be as low as $45 per month in the winter.
Having access to energy and performance data at the push of a button has been a game-changer for facility managers nationwide looking to operate more efficiently. IP-based controls systems streamline management of buildings of all shapes and sizes, from multifamily housing to office buildings and mixed-use spaces.