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What is Local Law 97 or LL97?

Local Law 97 (LL97), also known as the Climate Mobilization Act, is a landmark legislation passed by the New York City Council in 2019 as part of the city’s efforts to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LL97 aims to significantly reduce carbon emissions from large buildings, which are major contributors to the city’s overall carbon footprint.

Key provisions of LL97 include:

  1. Emission Limits: The law sets strict carbon emission limits for buildings larger than 25,000 square feet, based on occupancy type. These limits are phased in over time and become increasingly stringent, with the ultimate goal of reducing emissions by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, compared to 2005 levels.

  2. Building Performance Standards: LL97 establishes performance standards that buildings must meet to comply with emission limits. Building owners are required to improve energy efficiency and implement measures to reduce emissions, such as upgrading heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, improving insulation, and installing renewable energy systems.

  3. Emission Penalties: Buildings that exceed the prescribed emission limits are subject to significant penalties, calculated based on the amount of excess emissions. Penalties increase over time to incentivize compliance and encourage early action to reduce emissions.

  4. Reporting and Compliance: Building owners are required to report their energy usage and emissions annually to the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB). The DOB monitors compliance with LL97 and enforces penalties for non-compliance.

LL97 represents a significant regulatory measure aimed at addressing climate change and promoting sustainability in New York City’s built environment. It underscores the importance of reducing carbon emissions from buildings, which account for a large portion of the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and emphasizes the role of the real estate sector in achieving climate goals.


ENERGY STAR is a program developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that aims to promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the labeling and recognition of energy-efficient products, homes, and buildings. ENERGY STAR building ratings are a key component of this program and are used to evaluate the energy performance of commercial buildings.

The ENERGY STAR building rating system compares a building’s energy performance to that of similar buildings nationwide, taking into account factors such as size, location, and operating characteristics. Buildings that meet certain energy efficiency criteria are eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies superior energy performance and environmental sustainability.

To obtain an ENERGY STAR building rating, building owners and managers typically undergo a process that includes benchmarking their building’s energy usage, implementing energy-saving measures to improve performance, and verifying compliance with ENERGY STAR requirements. The EPA provides guidelines and tools to help building owners assess and improve their energy performance, including the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, an online tool for tracking and benchmarking energy use.

ENERGY STAR building ratings are widely recognized as a symbol of energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. Buildings that achieve ENERGY STAR certification benefit from lower energy costs, increased market value, and enhanced reputation for sustainability. Additionally, ENERGY STAR-certified buildings contribute to national efforts to reduce energy consumption and combat climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production.

NABERS, short for the National Australian Built Environment Rating System, is a pioneering framework designed to evaluate and compare the environmental performance of different classes of commercial buildings. NABERS is a federal government initiative managed by the NSW government.

Unlike qualitative green building rating systems, NABERS provides performance-based methodology relying on independently verifiable quantitative data. It doesn’t judge buildings on the materials used, the comfort levels, or `green’ features. Instead it takes the rating inputs and applies an empirically derived climate sensitive algorithm to produce a normalised consumption benchmark for the building in question and a building rating from 0 to 6 stars. 

Inputs to the rating typically include dimensions such as lettable area, building hours or other means to establish occupancy, electricity, natural gas and water consumption. The system relies on independent authorised NABERS assessors to establish the inputs using the methodology and each rating is taken through some level of audit process to test the veracity of the inputs. 

Rating systems are available for office buildings, hospitals, data centres, shopping centres, aged-care, apartment buildings, hotels, schools, warehouses and cold storage. A separate carbon neutral certification is also available for offices, hotels and shopping centres.

These star ratings empower building owners, tenants, and investors to make informed decisions regarding property investments, leasing agreements, and sustainability initiatives. Because of its quantitative performance based approach it is a global stand-out and has been imported into the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand.

Annual NABERS rating energy ratings are necessary for compliance and to verify the sustainability performance of a building. Yet by the time the rating is certified, the rating data can be many months old. For many clients Bueno provides monthly tracking of the estimated NABERS rating for each site. This tracking provides a level of surety around the building performance, a kind of insurance policy to manage rating risk. Furthermore it highlights the improvement in building energy and water performance each month as energy and water efficiency opportunities identified by Bueno. Based on monthly tracked ratings Bueno is then able to provide an estimated NABERS Portfolio rating.


A significant amount of time, money and team effort goes into achieving high performing buildings. Through its world leading service Bueno provides peace of mind to know that this performance is not only being sustained, but that valuable resources are being directed with care and diligence to improve upon this building performance. To this point Bueno employs a number of staff that have worked as NABERS assessors, auditors or were involved at some stages in the technical development, protocols or intrinsic modelling behind NABERS. 

Green Star is an internationally recognised built environment sustainability rating system founded by the Green Building Council of Australia. The Green Star rating system provides a framework for evaluating the design, construction, and operation of buildings and precincts based on a range of sustainability criteria. These criteria broadly cover climate impact, enhancing health and quality of life, restoring and protecting biodiversity and ecosystems, driving resilience in building fitouts and communities, and contributing to market transformation and a sustainable economy.

More specifically the system drives sustainable building practices in energy efficiency, water usage, materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and innovation. Certification levels under Green Star include Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Achieving higher certification levels demonstrates a greater commitment to sustainable building practices and environmental stewardship. Green Star certification is widely recognized and sought after in the Australian construction industry, serving as a benchmark for sustainability and promoting the development of green buildings and communities across the country.

The Green Star system provides four means of certification: Green Star Buildings – building design and construction, Green Star Performance – building operational performance, Green Star Interiors – building fitouts, and Green Star Communities – precinct level planning and development. 

Bueno helps at the design, construction and operation components of the Green Star certification process. Green Star Performance ratings are heavily weighted by the building NABERS energy and water rating outputs. When the Bueno platform and service is in use at a site, then it is making an ongoing contribution to the performance outcomes that lead to higher Green Star ratings. Performance ratings also gain points for thermal comfort


During the design and construction phases having Bueno on board may support the award Green Star points in a number of different categories. These all go toward achieving a targeted Green Star rating. Some of the categories that can award points are Building Information, Metering and Monitoring and Tuning and  Commissioning.

GRESB, which stands for Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, is an industry-leading organization that assesses and benchmarks the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of real estate portfolios worldwide. GRESB provides a standardized framework for measuring and reporting on sustainability practices within the real estate sector, allowing investors, asset managers, and property owners to evaluate and compare the sustainability performance of different properties and portfolios.

GRESB collects and analyzes data from participating real estate companies and funds, evaluating their performance across a range of ESG factors, including energy and water efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, occupant health and well-being, diversity and inclusion, governance practices, and resilience to climate-related risks. The assessment process is comprehensive and covers various types of real estate assets, including office buildings, retail properties, industrial facilities, residential complexes, and more.

The GRESB assessment provides participants with valuable insights into their sustainability performance relative to industry peers, helping them identify areas for improvement and opportunities to enhance their ESG practices. GRESB scores and benchmarking reports are widely used by investors, asset managers, and other stakeholders to inform investment decisions, engage with portfolio managers, and drive sustainability initiatives within the real estate industry.

GRESB plays a crucial role in promoting transparency, accountability, and sustainability best practices within the global real estate sector. By providing standardized ESG data and benchmarks, GRESB aims to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable built environment and drive positive environmental and social outcomes across the real estate industry.

Yes, Bueno can help improve GRESB ratings for real estate portfolios by providing valuable data and insights that contribute to better sustainability performance. The Bueno Building Analytics Platform enables building owners, asset managers, and property teams to collect, analyze, and optimize data related to energy efficiency, environmental impact, and other key sustainability metrics.

By leveraging Bueno’s analytics capabilities, real estate companies can:

  1. Optimize Energy Efficiency: Bueno helps identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption and improve operational efficiency in buildings. By analyzing data from building systems and equipment, Bueno identifies areas for energy savings and optimization, leading to improvements in energy performance metrics evaluated by GRESB.

  2. Enhance Environmental Performance: Bueno collects data on environmental metrics such as water usage, waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions. By tracking and analyzing this data, real estate companies can implement strategies to minimize their environmental footprint and meet GRESB’s reporting requirements related to environmental performance.

  3. Improve Data Accuracy and Reporting: Bueno’s platform provides reliable and accurate data collection, ensuring that real estate companies have access to high-quality data for GRESB reporting purposes. Bueno’s analytics tools help validate and verify data accuracy, reducing errors and improving the overall quality of sustainability reporting.

  4. Identify Best Practices and Benchmark Performance: Bueno enables real estate companies to benchmark their sustainability performance against industry peers and identify best practices for improving GRESB ratings. By analyzing benchmarking data and performance metrics, Bueno helps companies identify areas where they can excel and opportunities for improvement.

Overall, Bueno’s Building Analytics Platform empowers real estate companies to enhance their sustainability performance and achieve higher GRESB ratings by providing actionable insights, optimizing building operations, and demonstrating a commitment to environmental stewardship.

Yes, Bueno can help buildings achieve ENERGY STAR ratings by providing valuable data analytics and optimization solutions. Bueno’s building analytics platform enables building owners and managers to monitor, analyze, and optimize their energy usage, thereby improving energy efficiency and reducing costs.

Here’s how Bueno can assist with ENERGY STAR ratings:

  1. Data Collection and Analysis: Bueno collects data from various building systems and meters, including HVAC, lighting, and occupancy sensors. This data is then analyzed to identify energy usage patterns, inefficiencies, and opportunities for improvement.

  2. Fault Detection and Diagnostics: Bueno’s advanced algorithms can proactively detect equipment malfunctions, energy waste, and other issues that may affect energy performance. By identifying and addressing these issues promptly, Bueno helps buildings maintain optimal energy efficiency.

  3. Performance Optimization: Bueno’s platform provides actionable insights and recommendations for optimizing building performance, such as adjusting HVAC settings, scheduling equipment operation, and implementing energy-saving measures. These optimizations contribute to improved energy efficiency and may help buildings meet ENERGY STAR requirements.

  4. Benchmarking and Reporting: Bueno enables building owners to benchmark their energy performance against similar buildings and track progress over time. This information can be used to demonstrate compliance with ENERGY STAR criteria and identify areas for further improvement.

Overall, Bueno’s comprehensive analytics and optimization capabilities support buildings in their efforts to achieve ENERGY STAR ratings and enhance their energy efficiency and sustainability.

BREEAM, which stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, is a widely used environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. Developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in the United Kingdom, BREEAM evaluates the sustainability performance of buildings across various categories, including energy, water, materials, pollution, health and well-being, management, and ecology.

BREEAM assessments are conducted by qualified assessors who evaluate buildings against a set of criteria and benchmarks. Buildings are awarded a BREEAM rating based on their performance, ranging from “Pass” to “Outstanding.” The rating system provides building owners, developers, and occupants with a measure of a building’s environmental sustainability and helps drive improvements in building design, construction, and operation.

BREEAM assessments consider factors such as energy efficiency, water conservation, use of sustainable materials, indoor environmental quality, waste management practices, and ecological impact. By addressing these aspects of building performance, BREEAM aims to promote sustainable development, reduce environmental impacts, and create healthier and more efficient buildings.

Overall, BREEAM certification provides recognition for buildings that demonstrate high levels of environmental performance and sustainability, helping to drive positive change in the construction industry and support global efforts to combat climate change.

Yes, Bueno can assist in improving BREEAM ratings for buildings. Bueno’s building analytics platform provides valuable insights into building performance metrics, energy consumption patterns, and environmental impacts, all of which are essential factors in achieving higher BREEAM ratings.

By leveraging Bueno’s analytics capabilities, building owners and managers can identify areas for improvement in energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor environmental quality, and other sustainability metrics that are evaluated in the BREEAM assessment process. Bueno’s platform allows users to monitor building systems, detect inefficiencies or faults, optimize operations, and track progress toward sustainability goals.

With Bueno’s data-driven approach, building stakeholders can make informed decisions to implement measures that align with BREEAM criteria and contribute to higher ratings. Whether it’s optimizing HVAC systems, implementing energy-saving strategies, enhancing indoor air quality, or adopting sustainable practices, Bueno’s platform provides the insights and tools needed to drive improvements and achieve BREEAM certification goals.

EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) ratings for commercial properties assess the energy efficiency of buildings and provide an indication of their environmental impact in terms of energy usage. EPC ratings are based on factors such as building fabric, heating systems, lighting, insulation, and renewable energy sources.

Commercial properties are assigned an EPC rating on a scale from A to G, with A being the most energy-efficient and G the least. The rating is accompanied by recommendations for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

EPC ratings are important for commercial property owners and tenants as they provide valuable information about the energy performance of a building. Higher EPC ratings indicate lower energy costs, reduced environmental impact, and potentially higher property values. Additionally, some jurisdictions may require commercial properties to meet certain EPC rating standards to comply with regulations or qualify for incentives or subsidies related to energy efficiency.

Yes, Bueno Analytics can help improve a building’s EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating by providing insights and tools to enhance energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. By analyzing data collected from building systems and equipment, Bueno can identify areas of inefficiency, detect faults or malfunctions, and recommend optimization strategies to improve the building’s energy performance.

Through its advanced analytics capabilities, Bueno can assist building owners and managers in implementing energy-saving measures, optimizing HVAC systems, improving building automation, and enhancing overall operational efficiency. By addressing energy inefficiencies and optimizing building systems, Bueno helps clients achieve higher EPC ratings, which not only reduce energy costs but also contribute to a more sustainable built environment.

Overall, Bueno’s data-driven approach enables informed decision-making and targeted actions to improve energy performance, ultimately leading to better EPC ratings for commercial properties.

The Energy Benchmark Ordinance is a regulation or law implemented by certain municipalities or jurisdictions to mandate energy benchmarking for commercial buildings. It typically requires building owners to track and report their energy usage data to a designated authority or agency on a regular basis.

The purpose of the Energy Benchmark Ordinance is to promote transparency and awareness of energy consumption in commercial buildings, as well as to encourage energy efficiency improvements. By benchmarking energy usage, building owners can compare their building’s performance to similar buildings and identify opportunities for energy savings.

Compliance with the Energy Benchmark Ordinance may involve submitting energy data to a central database, using specific benchmarking tools or software, and reporting energy performance metrics such as energy use intensity (EUI) or ENERGY STAR scores.

Overall, the Energy Benchmark Ordinance aims to drive energy efficiency efforts in the commercial building sector, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support sustainability initiatives at the local level.

Bueno can help building owners comply with Energy Benchmarking Ordinances by providing the necessary tools and capabilities to track, analyze, and report energy usage data effectively. Here’s how Bueno can assist:

  1. Data Collection: Bueno’s platform can connect to various building systems and meters to collect real-time energy consumption data. This includes data from HVAC systems, lighting, equipment, and other energy-consuming devices.

  2. Data Analysis: Bueno’s analytics capabilities enable building owners to analyze their energy usage patterns, identify trends, and pinpoint areas of inefficiency or high consumption. By processing large volumes of data, Bueno can provide valuable insights into energy usage behavior and potential savings opportunities.

  3. Reporting: Bueno simplifies the process of generating energy benchmarking reports required by Energy Benchmarking Ordinances. The platform can automatically compile and format the necessary data into standardized reports that meet regulatory requirements.

  4. Performance Monitoring: Bueno allows building owners to monitor their energy performance over time and track progress towards energy efficiency goals. Real-time monitoring and alerts enable proactive management of energy consumption and identification of deviations from targets.

  5. Benchmarking and Comparison: Bueno facilitates benchmarking of energy performance against similar buildings or industry standards. Building owners can compare their energy usage metrics, such as energy intensity or ENERGY STAR scores, with peer buildings to assess performance relative to benchmarks.

Overall, Bueno’s comprehensive suite of tools and features supports building owners in meeting the requirements of Energy Benchmarking Ordinances efficiently and effectively, while also helping to drive continuous improvements in energy efficiency and sustainability.

Yes, Bueno Analytics can help building owners and managers with LL97 reporting by providing the necessary data and insights to track and reduce carbon emissions in compliance with the law. Here’s how Bueno Analytics can assist with LL97 reporting:

  1. Data Collection: Bueno Analytics collects real-time data from various building systems, including HVAC, lighting, and energy meters. This data is essential for calculating energy usage and carbon emissions, which are required for LL97 reporting.

  2. Emissions Monitoring: Bueno Analytics continuously monitors energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. By analyzing historical data and identifying trends, Bueno can track emissions over time and assess compliance with LL97 emission limits.

  3. Performance Optimization: Bueno’s analytics platform identifies opportunities for energy efficiency improvements and emissions reductions within buildings. By optimizing building systems and operations, Bueno helps clients achieve their LL97 compliance goals while maximizing energy savings.

  4. Reporting Tools: Bueno Analytics provides reporting tools and dashboards that visualize energy usage, emissions data, and compliance metrics. These reports streamline the LL97 reporting process, making it easier for building owners to submit required information to regulatory authorities.

  5. Compliance Support: Bueno offers expert guidance and support to help building owners navigate LL97 requirements effectively. From data collection to emissions calculations to compliance strategies, Bueno’s team assists clients every step of the way to ensure adherence to LL97 regulations.

In summary, Bueno Analytics serves as a valuable partner for building owners seeking to comply with LL97 reporting requirements. By leveraging advanced analytics and data-driven insights, Bueno helps clients monitor, manage, and reduce carbon emissions in alignment with New York City’s ambitious climate goals.

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What is Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD)?

Generally speaking, fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) is an automated software process used in various technological fields including commercial buildings to identify abnormalities in systems and equipment behaviour. The process functions principally by taking equipment telemetry data (temperature, energy, vibration, speed etc.) and running logic algorithms across the data to find anomalous behaviour –   behaviour that deviates from the expected. The process signals this deviation to a user to take corrective action.


FDD as a term could be considered somewhat of a misnomer really because while FDD can pick up a fault as it occurs or after it occurs, where it really gets interesting is in diagnosing the emergence of a fault before it happens. 

Yes, Bueno Analytics provides Building Performance Optimization (BPO) as part of its comprehensive suite of building analytics solutions. Building Performance Optimization focuses on leveraging data-driven insights and advanced analytics to enhance the operational efficiency, sustainability, and overall performance of commercial buildings.

Here’s how Bueno’s Building Performance Optimization works:

  1. Data Collection: Bueno Analytics collects real-time data from various building systems and equipment, including HVAC, lighting, electrical, plumbing, and environmental monitoring systems. This data is gathered at regular intervals to provide a detailed understanding of the building’s performance and energy usage patterns.

  2. Advanced Analytics: Bueno’s platform utilizes advanced analytics algorithms to analyze the collected data and identify opportunities for optimization. These algorithms can detect trends, anomalies, and inefficiencies in building operations, allowing for targeted optimization strategies.

  3. Optimization Strategies: Based on the insights gained from the analytics, Bueno develops customized optimization strategies tailored to the specific needs and goals of the building owner or operator. These strategies may include adjustments to HVAC setpoints, lighting schedules, equipment sequencing, and other operational parameters to maximize energy efficiency and occupant comfort.

  4. Continuous Monitoring and Adjustment: Bueno’s BPO solution provides continuous monitoring of building performance metrics, allowing for ongoing evaluation and adjustment of optimization strategies as needed. By closely monitoring key performance indicators and energy usage trends, Bueno ensures that buildings maintain optimal performance levels over time.

  5. Reporting and Insights: Bueno Analytics generates detailed reports and actionable insights that highlight the impact of optimisation efforts on energy consumption, cost savings, carbon emissions, and overall building performance. These reports help building owners and operators track progress towards sustainability goals and make data-driven decisions to further improve efficiency.

Overall, Bueno’s Building Performance Optimisation solution empowers building owners, operators, and facility managers to achieve significant energy savings, reduce operating costs, and enhance sustainability while maintaining a comfortable and productive indoor environment for occupants.

Bueno Analytics offers a flexible platform that can integrate with a wide range of building equipment and systems to collect data, analyze performance, and optimize operations. The platform’s versatility allows it to connect to various types of equipment commonly found in commercial buildings, including but not limited to:

  1. HVAC Systems:

    • Chillers
    • Boilers
    • Air handling units (AHUs)
    • Variable air volume (VAV) boxes
    • Fan coils
    • Heat pumps
    • Cooling towers
    • Ventilation systems
  2. Lighting Systems:

    • Lighting controls
    • LED fixtures
    • Occupancy sensors
    • Daylight harvesting systems
  3. Electrical Systems:

    • Electrical meters
    • Power distribution panels
    • Circuit breakers
    • Transformers
  4. Plumbing Systems:

    • Water meters
    • Pumping systems
    • Water heaters
    • Plumbing fixtures (e.g., faucets, toilets)
  5. Building Automation Systems (BAS):

    • Building management systems (BMS)
    • Energy management systems (EMS)
    • Control panels
    • Sensors and actuators
  6. Renewable Energy Systems:

    • Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels
    • Wind turbines
    • Geothermal heat pumps
  7. Environmental Monitoring Systems:

    • Indoor air quality sensors
    • Temperature and humidity sensors
    • Carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors
    • Occupancy sensors
  8. Other Building Systems:

    • Fire alarm systems
    • Security systems
    • Access control systems
    • Elevators and escalators

By connecting to this diverse range of equipment, Bueno Analytics can collect real-time data, perform advanced analytics, and provide actionable insights to optimize energy usage, improve operational efficiency, and enhance overall building performance. The platform’s ability to integrate seamlessly with existing building infrastructure makes it a valuable tool for building owners, operators, and facility managers seeking to achieve their sustainability and operational goals.

Yes, the Bueno Building Analytics Platform is designed to scale seamlessly to new assets, making it easy for clients to expand their deployment and incorporate additional buildings into the platform. There are several key features and capabilities that enable Bueno to scale effectively:

  1. Modular architecture: Bueno’s platform is built with a modular architecture, allowing clients to add new assets and functionalities as needed. Each module is designed to integrate seamlessly with existing systems and workflows, facilitating the expansion of the platform to accommodate new buildings and data sources.

  2. Scalable infrastructure: Bueno leverages scalable cloud infrastructure to support the growing needs of clients and their expanding portfolios. This ensures that the platform can handle increasing data volumes, user activity, and computational demands as more assets are onboarded.

  3. Flexible deployment options: Bueno offers flexible deployment options, including cloud-based and on-premises installations, to accommodate clients’ preferences and requirements. This flexibility allows clients to scale the platform in a way that best suits their operational needs and IT infrastructure.

  4. Automated data integration: Bueno’s platform automates the process of integrating data from various sources, including building management systems (BMS), meters, sensors, and IoT devices. This automation streamlines the onboarding process for new assets, reducing the time and effort required to configure data connections and set up monitoring and analytics.

  5. Centralized management and administration: Bueno provides centralized management and administration tools that enable clients to oversee and manage their entire building portfolio from a single interface. This centralized approach simplifies asset management, configuration, and monitoring, making it easier to scale the platform across multiple buildings and locations.

Overall, Bueno’s scalable architecture, flexible deployment options, and streamlined onboarding processes make it well-suited for expanding to new assets and accommodating the evolving needs of clients with growing building portfolios.

The amount of energy that can be reduced with Bueno Analytics depends on various factors, including the specific building’s characteristics, the efficiency of its existing systems, and the implementation of optimization strategies. However, Bueno Analytics typically achieves significant energy savings for its clients through its data-driven approach and advanced analytics capabilities.

On average, Bueno Analytics has been known to help clients achieve reductions in energy consumption ranging from 15% to 30%. These savings are often realized through a combination of factors, such as:

  1. Optimizing building operations: Bueno Analytics analyzes data from building systems, including HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), lighting, and other energy-consuming equipment, to identify opportunities for optimization. By fine-tuning operation schedules, adjusting setpoints, and implementing energy-saving strategies, Bueno can reduce energy waste and improve overall efficiency.

  2. Identifying inefficiencies: Through continuous monitoring and analysis, Bueno detects inefficiencies and anomalies in building performance, such as equipment malfunctions, suboptimal settings, or operational issues. By addressing these issues promptly, Bueno helps clients minimize energy waste and maintain optimal performance levels.

  3. Implementing energy-saving measures: Bueno Analytics provides actionable insights and recommendations for energy-saving measures tailored to each client’s needs and priorities. These measures may include equipment upgrades, retrofits, behavioral changes, or system optimizations aimed at reducing energy consumption and improving sustainability.

  4. Monitoring and verification: Bueno Analytics continuously monitors building performance to ensure that energy-saving measures are implemented effectively and that desired outcomes are achieved. By tracking energy usage, analyzing trends, and verifying savings, Bueno helps clients maintain long-term energy efficiency and sustainability gains.

Overall, Bueno Analytics’ comprehensive approach to building optimization and energy management can lead to significant energy reductions, contributing to cost savings, environmental sustainability, and improved operational performance for commercial and institutional buildings.

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What is an EMS?

An EMS typically refers to an Energy Management System. An Energy Management System is a comprehensive software-based solution designed to monitor, control, and optimize energy usage within buildings or across an organization’s facilities. EMS platforms integrate various technologies, data sources, and analytics to help building owners and operators effectively manage energy consumption, reduce costs, and improve sustainability.

Key features and functionalities of an EMS may include:

  1. Real-time Monitoring: Continuous monitoring of energy usage, including electricity, natural gas, water, and other utilities, to provide visibility into energy consumption patterns and trends.

  2. Data Analytics: Advanced data analytics capabilities to analyze energy data, identify inefficiencies, and uncover opportunities for energy savings and optimization.

  3. Automated Control: Automation of building systems and equipment to optimize energy use based on occupancy schedules, weather conditions, and other factors. This may include controlling HVAC systems, lighting, and other energy-consuming devices.

  4. Demand Response: Integration with demand response programs to adjust energy usage in response to grid conditions, peak demand events, or pricing signals to reduce costs and support grid stability.

  5. Reporting and Visualization: Generation of reports, dashboards, and visualizations to track energy performance metrics, monitor progress towards energy goals, and communicate results to stakeholders.

  6. Fault Detection and Diagnostics: Detection of equipment faults, anomalies, or inefficiencies through advanced analytics and algorithms to identify issues early and prioritize maintenance activities.

  7. Integration with Building Systems: Seamless integration with building automation systems (BAS), metering infrastructure, IoT devices, and other building systems to collect data, control equipment, and optimize operations.

Overall, an EMS serves as a centralized platform for managing energy resources, optimizing energy usage, and driving continuous improvement in energy performance across buildings and facilities. It plays a critical role in helping organizations achieve their energy management goals, reduce operational costs, and enhance sustainability.

Analytics collected from commercial buildings can vary depending on the specific objectives and requirements of the building owner or operator. However, some common types of analytics typically collected from commercial buildings include:

  1. Energy Consumption: Monitoring and analysing energy usage patterns to identify opportunities for energy efficiency improvements, reduce operational costs, and achieve sustainability goals. This includes tracking electricity, natural gas, water, and other utility usage.

  2. HVAC Performance: Analysing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system performance to optimise comfort levels, minimise energy consumption, and identify potential issues such as equipment malfunctions or inefficiencies.

  3. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ): Monitoring and assessing indoor air quality parameters such as temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to ensure a healthy and comfortable indoor environment for occupants.

  4. Equipment Health and Maintenance: Utilising predictive maintenance analytics to monitor the health and performance of building equipment and systems, identify potential faults or failures, and schedule proactive maintenance activities to prevent downtime and extend equipment lifespan.

  5. Occupancy and Space Utilisation: Analysing occupancy data, foot traffic patterns, and space utilisation metrics to optimise building layouts, improve space efficiency, and enhance occupant experience.

  6. Sustainability Metrics: Tracking and reporting on key sustainability metrics such as carbon emissions, waste generation, and water usage to measure environmental performance, comply with regulatory requirements, and support sustainability initiatives.

  7. Financial Performance: Analysing financial data related to building operations, maintenance costs, utility expenses, and return on investment (ROI) for energy efficiency projects to support budgeting, forecasting, and decision-making processes.

Overall, the collection and analysis of these analytics enable building owners and operators to make data-driven decisions, optimise building performance, reduce operational costs, and enhance the overall efficiency and sustainability of commercial buildings.

Tenant comfort in commercial buildings generally refers to the overall satisfaction and well-being of the occupants. Comfort parameters can include ergonomics and spatial layout, access to daylight or outside views, tunability of air conditioning and lighting systems at an individual occupant level, provision of amenities support physical and mental health, accessibility and biophillic design. How we design for or assess tenant comfort is determined by the use of the space. What comfort looks like in a supermarket will look quite different to an office space. 

From a building operational perspective tenant comfort typically refers to directly measurable factors including indoor air quality, thermal comfort (temperature and humidity), lighting and acoustics that are within the control or influence of building management. 

The term “built environment” refers to the human-made surroundings in which people live, work, and interact. It encompasses the physical infrastructure, buildings, spaces, and systems that shape the urban and rural landscapes where communities reside. The built environment includes various elements such as residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, transportation networks (roads, bridges, railways), public spaces (parks, plazas), utilities (water supply, sewage systems), and green infrastructure (trees, vegetation).

Understanding the built environment is essential for urban planners, architects, engineers, policymakers, and other stakeholders involved in shaping cities and communities. It influences many aspects of daily life, including accessibility, mobility, public health, environmental sustainability, and social interactions. Designing and managing the built environment effectively can contribute to creating vibrant, resilient, and sustainable communities that meet the needs of present and future generations.

In the context of Bueno Analytics and its mission to accelerate the decarbonization of the built environment, understanding the intricacies of the built environment is crucial. Bueno’s analytics platform leverages data and insights from various building systems and infrastructure to optimize energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance overall sustainability in the built environment. By analyzing and optimizing the performance of buildings and their surrounding infrastructure, Bueno contributes to creating healthier, more efficient, and environmentally friendly built environments.


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