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In the previous segment of this series, we explored the importance of capturing the unique attributes for each location within a roll-out project using detailed real-time surveys. The survey data collected is the foundation for establishing the design criteria for the new energy management controls system at a single location. The data collected by the surveys is organized and comes in a standard format, but that is not what we...
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Retrofit EMS controls projects can be challenging – and the task of implementing EMS controls across multiple location organizations can be downright daunting. Roll-out projects may seem intimidating with competing demands for resource allocation, variable inputs, and tight time lines to the time required to manage the projects singularly and collectively. At R3 Retail Development, we utilize a time-tested and proven approach to Retrofit EMS project roll-outs enabling us to...
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What is a retrofit EMS roll-out project? Typically, we define a roll-out project as a group of individual projects an organization undertakes at multiple locations with the goal of establishing a common standard. Maybe your organization has 700 retail locations across the country and you want to upgrade the lighting system or implement building controls to reduce energy consumption and costs. Successful execution of that many projects can be mind...
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Energy Management Systems – Building Automation Systems – Building Controls Systems – What is the difference and is it worth the investment? There are multiple names for the systems building owners put into place to control the building systems such as heating, cooling, lighting, and refrigeration. With some minor nuances, these systems predominantly have the same objectives – reduction in energy consumption and increased efficiency. Regardless of the name or...
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Best practices indicate that some of the smallest energy savings strategies and efforts can make a big impact.  Here are some of the most common areas where you can start recognizing increased energy savings and efficiency: Switch to LED bulbs – Switching from fluorescent lamps to LED lamps can increase your energy savings significantly.  Fluorescent fixtures use about 59 watts each, an LED bulb about 12 watts, that is 30...
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