Why having too much information is not efficient

We’ve all heard variations of the expression: “Too close to the wood to see the trees”. It’s where you’ve gotten so deep into the detail that you have lost sight of the bigger picture. Or to put it another way – you have so much information, that you have no idea what to do with it.

It can be very easy to find ourselves in that place with building performance data. There is so much a building can tell us, with all of the data that technology makes available. But the question you need to ask yourself is – which information do you really need?

When it comes to data, it’s about quality not quantity

Think about when you’re going on holiday. There is only so much room in your suitcase. As much as you would like to pack every item of clothing you own for your trip, you can’t. So you bring only what you need for the place you are travelling to. The same principle applies to your particular building sustainability journey. To determine which energy, systems and building data is vital, and what is an unnecessary luxury that will only weigh you down, you need to have a clear idea of where you’re

It’s time to get data-efficient

The outdated infrastructure of older buildings can make accessing their data complex and time-consuming, while the procurement models and processes in modern buildings have not kept pace with advances in technology. So what kind of sustainable building do you want? Where are you looking to maximise energy efficiency? Key performance indicators (KPIs) such as indoor comfort conditions or air quality will provide you with actionable insights into your building’s sustainability performance. Why place dozens of new sensors around your building and replace boilers and chillers when it is not necessary?

It makes no sense wasting precious time and resources trying to solve design and data problems, when we should be focusing on reducing energy consumption and the decarbonisation of our buildings. By focusing on the data and the metrics, that truly matter, we can effectively monitor our buildings, make informed decisions on allocating resources, and reach our net-zero carbon targets faster.

It is for all these reasons, that we have developed a building management system that offers flexibility, accuracy, and efficiency to building managers for all types of buildings. It is a platform designed not to encumber with more data but to empower you with the right data.

With the right information, you can make easier, faster and more effective decisions about how energy is being used. Make your first improvements within six months.

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