HOW TO LEVERAGE BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM (BAS) TO CREATE OPTIMIZATION IN A HIGHER EDUCATION SETTING
In the higher education and government sectors, operational expenses are often perceived as a necessary evil. At universities, allocations are minimized in order to properly support instruction and research. What would happen if these operational funds could be seen as a means of enhancing the faculty and student experience?
In 1893, American University was created as part of George Washington’s vision for a national university. Their alumni have become major leaders in domestic and foreign governments, politics, law, military, business, and a range of other fields.
As part of their overall commitment to excellence, American prioritized two major initiatives around facilities projects and sustainability. Installing a comprehensive building automation system (BAS), their leaders were still frustrated by the inability to convert this automation into the efficiencies necessary to achieve their cost and sustainability goals.
THE InSite SOLUTION
After analyzing American’s existing energy conservation measures, utility usage, and maintenance expenses, InSite was able to identify the crucial issues. First, a lack of visibility hamstrung engineers from identifying and fixing anomalies that waste energy and impact student comfort. While their BAS Integrated their systems, it lacked the learning algorithms for flexibility across dozens of buildings and continuous improvement.
American chose InSite’s Operational Systems (OS) module to bridge systems and equipment to enable centralized, proactive business intelligence across systems. InSite’s OS is designed to analyze and learn from systems data to predict usage, trends, and anomalies. The decreased utility usage is compounded by converting repair and replacement costs to a significantly lower maintenance expense. When unforeseen issues arise, the OS takes fault data and then sorts, prioritizes, and recommends the optimal course of actions.
Within two years, American realized significant gains in efficiency, expense, campus life comfort. American’s team was able to enhance the way they utilized electricity, HVAC, and security to provide a more seamlessly comfortable and safe experience for students, faculty, and staff. Other notable values delivered include:
IN ENERGY SAVINGS
CONVERSION TO RENEWABLE SOURCES
"With 170 campus programs serving students from across the globe, American University is proud to be the first University, Urban Campus, and Research University to reach carbon neutrality. We couldn’t achieve this ambitious goal without InSite’s ability to elevate our existing systems and expertise to guide us to the most sustainable path.“