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Technology Tools for the Built EnvironmentMarch 4, 2013
Today’s facility design and maintenance technologies allow us to shape and anticipate exactly how a building will function long before it actually exists. Here are just a few examples of available technology tools that can aid in the design, analysis or maintenance of your built environment:
EEM Suite – This Web-based solution from the U.S. Department of Energy provides a wealth of information to facility energy managers or accounting managers who need to track and analyze their facility’s energy usage and expenses. Users can input a variety of energy activity variables and view detailed charts and reports; they can also get alerted to specific issues via proactive alarms and alerts.
Envest 2 – This Web/software program aims to help facility engineers design the most energy-efficient built environment possible. Upon receiving key variables such as number of stories, overall height and window area, the program can produce an analysis detailing how different building materials and climate control methods will impact the overall environmental impact and whole-life cost of the facility. It can also work with real-life capital and lifetime cost information submitted by the user instead of its own default data, making it a valuable calculation tool.
CATO Enterprise Suite – Causeway Technologies promotes its range of products as “software for the built environment.” Its CATO Enterprise Suite includes a variety of functions ranging from CAD measurement and cost planning to whole-life cost management — a “cradle-to-grave” management tool for the entire life cycle of one building or multiple buildings.
These examples are just the tip of a very large technological iceberg. Here