Computer giant IBM has turned its technological prowess toward a new project that could see government buildings in the US turn green!
The new technology will use cloud based systems to effectively monitor energy use in real time. The aim of the systems is to help minimise the energy consumption of massive buildings. All new government buildings will be built with the system already incorporated and all buildings receiving an upgrade will also benefit from the technology.
Part of GSA’s larger smart building strategy, the initiative will first single out 50 of the federal government’s highest energy-consuming buildings and connect building management systems to a central cloud-based platform, improving efficiency and saving as much as $15 million in taxpayer dollars annually, according to the GSA and IBM announcements.
The initial award of $8 million will go for program development and installation in the 50 buildings. The additional $3.5 million would add another 50 buildings to the system.
Eventually, all buildings in the GSA portfolio will connect to the cloud platform.
As additional federal buildings are constructed and other facilities are upgraded, those buildings also will be managed with this platform.
The new technology will give property managers real time information and diagnostic tools to keep buildings performing at peak efficiency, increasing cost savings across the federal building portfolio, the announcement said.
Commercial buildings account for nearly 40 percent of the United States’ primary energy use and GSA owns nearly 182 million square feet of office space nationwide.
Source: Washington Technology
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