When technology is applied in industrial facilities as well as in commercial buildings, it can undoubtedly contribute to social development through making the work place a safer and a healthier place to work in. Energy management control systems in modern buildings have helped greatly in this aspect.
Due to the improved security, fire and other emergency procedures which technology offers, the workplace becomes a much safer environment for the workers. Technology is able to locate potential hazards in the workplace, notify emergency response teams and then inform personnel about the impending potential danger. Additionally, technology can monitor as well as control environmental conditions within the building. The capacity of this technology has the potential in making the workplace a healthier place to be in. Similar to the potential security in fire as well as security hazards, technology on your side is also able to monitor other factors like water quality and air quality and can react whenever value thresholds are crossed. Take for instance the energy management control systems which increase ventilation when the carbon monoxide in a facility increases above the safety levels, there will be warnings sent.
When technology is applied inside residential buildings, it will inform residents about the energy consumption within their abode. The residents will be able to draw upon this information in order to apply conservation measures. Additionally, technology can apply also some comfort settings for the residents. The information that technology provides to residents and the actions that technology perform therefore contribute to social development by increasing comfort and in reducing energy consumption. While the operation of the technology seems to be relatively straightforward because of sophisticated interface, there is still a great need for skilled operators of the machineries. In additional, the installation of the technology will also require training of those who will be installing the technology.
There will be a considerable reduction in the overall energy demand because of the use of BEMS which results in an increased security of energy supply. In addition, high penetration rates in the technology will reduce the need to create additional energy power stations as well as reduce the demand for imported energy.
One of the major characteristics of energy management control systems is that it is very much capable in providing real time and extensive data on consumption of energy to the facility operator. This particular information is used in increasing energy efficiency on the overall system. Additionally, the BEMS will also improve energy efficiency which is done by streamlining the operation of the machinery which it monitors and controls. Improved energy efficiency will lead to increased protection in the environment because of the reduced need for resources. For instance, improved efficiency in the electrical requirement of a certain building will directly result in lowered carbon dioxide emission when electricity is provided by a facility that is powered by coal.
For example, lighting ranks among the major end-uses in the global power demand according to IEA. Lighting represents about 650 mtoe of the primary energy consumption and about 2550 TWh of the electrical consumption in the year 2005. This means that the grid based electric lighting is 19% of the total global production in electricity.