by Brianna Crandall — April 28, 2017 — Acuity Brands, a provider of lighting and building management solutions under several brands used around the world, just introduced its SiteView Energy solution, which combines power metering devices and a digital dashboard to create a detailed, real-time look at actual energy consumption within a building. The SiteView Energy solution takes advantage of software that is hosted within nLight ECLYPSE smart building-ready controllers, also from Acuity Brands, to help building owners and property or facilities managers track and analyze weekly, monthly and yearly energy data to identify trends and savings.
The award-winning nLight ECLYPSE controller leverages available BACnet/IP and WiFi networks to allow seamless and reliable integration of nLight lighting control systems from Acuity Brands with building management systems that use the BACnet communication protocol. nLight ECLYPSE is also one of a limited number of controllers with both building management and lighting control capabilities to earn a BACnet Testing Laboratories’ BACnet Building Controller (B-BC device) listing, and is now further enhanced with the SiteView Energy functionality.
The SiteView Energy solution is said to be easy to implement and supports up to five revenue-grade power meters per nLight ECLYPSE device. The SiteView Energy edge application is hosted directly within the controller and features a graphical user interface that displays power consumption dashboards that can be viewed on any PC or mobile device. With the added functionality of SiteView Energy, building owners and property managers can analyze energy consumption for a single tenant, multiple tenants or an entire facility with no programming required.
Building owners and property managers can compare load type or floor-to-floor usage, pinpointing areas of higher consumption. These energy usage logs can be exported and submitted to local utilities to help qualify for available utility incentive programs. Also, the SiteView Energy solution capabilities can assist building owners in achieving compliance with regional energy codes such as Local Law 88 in New York and Title 24 in California.
Acuity Brands Lighting’s Trevor Palmer, vice president, Applications and User Experience, pointed out:
Lighting is one of the largest electrical loads in today’s buildings. Accurately metering this load easily as a part of the control system only makes sense. The simplified, browser-based configurability and deployment of the SiteView Energy solution make it easier for building owners and property managers to see and manage energy consumption over time and help support their “green” initiatives at a lower total cost than legacy systems. nLight ECLYPSE with the SiteView Energy solution was the logical “next step” in updating our unified lighting controls and building management systems offering, and further demonstrates Acuity Brands’ commitment to bringing innovative products and technology to market.
The SiteView Energy solution’s user interface can also be used by property managers as a public information dashboard to promote occupant engagement and demonstrate corporate social responsibility by providing tips on saving energy and information on other sustainability initiatives.