Adoption of building energy management system tech surges

It uses computer systems to control, monitor, measure and optimise technical services and energy consumption

  • A new report suggests the technology is becoming almost as prevalent as LED upgrades
  • Larger firms are the main adopters of such systems
  • Office environments accounted for 65% of building energy management systems in 2018's second quarter
By Jonny Bairstow

The number of projects incorporating building energy management systems (BEMS) technology has surged during the second quarter of 2018.

That’s according to a new report from EEVS Insight and Bloomberg NEF (BNEF), which suggests it could even close the gap with LED lighting, which has historically been the most commonly implemented energy efficiency technology.

BEMS technology uses computer systems to control, monitor, measure and optimise technical services and energy consumption.

In the second quarter of the year, the number of projects that included BEMS was 57% higher than the average of 42% during the year before.

Energy efficient lighting continues to be the dominant technology deployed, with 69% of energy efficiency projects installing LEDs.

BEMS technology is most popular amongst larger organisations, with 94% of such projects commissioned by organisations with more than 1,000 employees and office environments making up 65% of installations.

Sam Stageman, Sales Director at APC Lighting, said: “Once the preserve of cutting-edge, larger projects we are now seeing the use of BEMS expand as companies seek to maximise return on investments by using data to highlight opportunities for additional savings.

“What might have been a separate lighting control system in the past is made more user friendly when integrated with data on gas, electricity and energy usage from other processes such as cooling – providing a more complete picture.”