Commercial and residential buildings are consuming energy more than what is needed. Initially, ENERGY STAR programs managed to control the loss but not at a greater scale. Today, property managers are trying to exercise control over the power flow with Energy Management Systems (EMS) for sustainable management of power distribution. However, on the road to ensure better efficiency of power consumption, organizations are facing challenges in collecting digital assets or energy data that help them execute decisions related to resource management.

End-users need a cost-effective solution that assures simple and ubiquitous connectivity with all energy assets for monitoring essential parameters like frequency of the supply, power consumed by the unit and much more. “Institutional investors, asset managers, and consultants are viewing energy efficiency as a core component of a building’s overall valuation,” begins Jon Moeller, CEO, MACH Energy. Headquartered in Oakland, CA, MACH Energy provides energy management software for relieving the property managers from the task of collecting energy data through error-prone spreadsheets or hiring a consultant with high fees for the same job.

Every infrastructure incorporates a dashboard for viewing ENERGY STAR data relevant to energy consumption. But the dashboard displays the information provided by the energy assets and has no integration with any other system for automatic updating. MACH Energy software integrates the dashboard data with back-office systems. Post integration, the ENERGY STAR data is sent to the property managers through email or it can be accessed through any mobile device. The software also automates tenant billing, and budget and variance reporting. “Lowered scores could re-invigorate operators to continue to reduce their energy costs, as EMS remains the most cost-effective and easy-to-implement approach to these reductions,” says Moeller. “EMS solutions can anticipate these sorts of risks and provide property owners, managers, and chief engineers with the measures they need to ensure their portfolios in compliance with the regulatory demands.”

Institutional investors, asset managers, and consultants are viewing energy efficiency as a core component of a building’s overall valuation

The offering reduces energy usage by 5-10 percent or more by automatically identifying, quantifying, and tracking savings opportunities. It also provides actionable data for optimizing building management system and validates capital projects for ensuring savings in future. “Commercial and residential properties utilizing multi-functional EMS for electricity, water, gas, and steam, either independently or in tandem with Building Management/ Automation Systems (BMS/ BAS), will be much better positioned to maintain high ENERGY STAR scores and certification,” says Moeller. The software also supports real-time data of gas, steam, and chilled and domestic water in addition to tenant sub-metering.

In one instance, Moody Rambin, a commercial real estate broker, was challenged by building an ownership to drive nearly five percent energy expense reduction. The broker implemented tools and analytics of MACH Energy’s software and was able to make operational changes including tighter operating controls on HVAC start settings, utilizing free cooling settings, and reducing baseline use by turning off unnecessary loads. Moody Rambin achieved and exceeded the goal of expense reduction while improving the value of the asset and Net Operating Income (NOI).

The team at MACH Energy has worked hand-in-hand with some of the most progressive building teams to integrate energy management programs and make their job easier. “We look forward to bringing low-cost, high-impact EMS solutions to the rest of the industry as it embraces the value creation in energy and water management,” concludes Moeller.