Western Kentucky University uses building data to reach environmental, financial and comfort goals

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is closer to reaching its sustainability goals by working closely with Johnson Controls, the global leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, to increase energy efficiency in 56 buildings across three campuses in Bowling Green.

Johnson Controls installed its Panoptix® building efficiency platform to work in tandem with its Metasys® building management system already installed on the campus. Together, the two systems collect, manage, analyze and present data through applications that can be accessed on most electronic devices, including mobile phones. The applications provide detailed information into how building systems are functioning, how to make equipment last longer, and how to make operations more efficient.

“Panoptix gives our facility managers the ability to take advantage of the full capabilities of their building automation systems. They’ve always known lots of data is gathered, and there’s value in it but they haven’t had the time or the resources to sift, sort and interpret it. So its value has remained locked up and beyond reach,” said Dale Dyer, plant operations manager, WKU. “Panoptix has changed that.”

WKU recovered their investment in the Panoptix platform in less than six months by addressing system faults that pointed to equipment that was wasting energy by not performing optimally. These savings and other retrofit savings on the WKUcampus may be reinvested to purchase new, more efficient equipment. For example, savings from a recent retrofit program were reinvested to purchase two new natural gas boilers to replace inefficient boilers.

“Energy efficiency represents one of the largest opportunities for owners to lower energy and operating costs, increase building value and gain strong financial returns,” said Laura Farnham, vice president, Building Technology and Services, Johnson Controls. “New technologies are making it easier than ever to reach and maintain building efficiency goals – even those set by leaders like Western Kentucky University.”

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.