Chicago (December, 2006) – A recently released report shows that Convia programmable infrastructure, a next-generation electrical and data system that was recently introduced at Greenbuild 2006, offers significant energy savings.
Conducted by The Weidt Group, an independent engineering consultant for high-performance buildings, the study concluded that a standard office building using Convia programmable infrastructure would gain 6 percent to 30 percent in annual energy savings as compared to the ASHRAE standard 90.1-2004, the current energy benchmark for buildings.
Furthermore, Convia’s flexibility offers the potential to recapture energy savings of 20 percent to 60 percent that are otherwise lost when implemented with traditional electric systems. A copy of the energy report can be downloaded from www.hmconvia.com.
The new Convia system is a modular, programmable infrastructure for both power and data that offers “plug-and-play” connections for any interior light, electrical device or control. This ease of installation and reconfiguration allows owners or tenants to readily change the lighting and other devices in their physical space in moments, at little or no cost. The Weidt Group’s study focused on the value of Convia programmable infrastructure’s flexibility and evaluated the system’s overall energy savings, the simplicity of adjusting and correcting energy-efficiency settings, and the cost of space-use changes in an average office building of 194,000 square feet.
Energy savings, indoor environmental quality and flexibility are recognized as important factors in a building’s financial health, including its ability to attract and retain quality tenants and employees. However, they are often compromised by tenant churn, the inability to easily reconfigure physical space, and the restrictive costs of implementing energy efficient controls. In addition, lighting represents an approximate average of 25 percent to 60 percent of energy consumption in a building, but energy efficiency strategies are often not implemented, as they require more flexibility than traditional electric can accommodate economically. The study showed that the flexibility of Convia programmable infrastructure—which makes it easier to add or change controls as needed and move or change the location of sensors based on occupant preferences—allows for significantly less expensive adjustments during both installation and throughout the life-cycle of the building.
Therefore, strategies such as daylighting controls are more likely to be implemented successfully with Convia programmable infrastructure as opposed to traditional electrical systems and at a much lower cost. The report also found that buildings utilizing combinations of such controls offered the largest savings, with values near 30 percent.
“With energy costs rising and the increasing emphasis on protecting our environment, building owners, architects and designers alike are looking for ways to save both money and natural resources,” says Randy Storch, president, Convia. “Convia programmable infrastructure offers one simple solution to address both of these challenges.”