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The Value of Sharing Energy Data

February 27, 2020

For organizations that value collaboration and transparency, it’s essential to provide teams with access to data, as well as tools to interpret and take action on the data.

For energy and sustainability teams, one of the best ways to engage stakeholders is to increase visibility and access to success metrics. However, if data are are stored in a building management system that only certain team can access or housed in several hard-to-read spreadsheets, collaboration and transparency becomes hard to achieve. In Building Insights, sharing information can be as easy as creating a public dashboard or an easy-to-read PDF report.

Here are a few ways Building Insights helps you share information across your teams.

Using Software to Simplify Energy Data Sharing

Often, different teams need access to the same data sets, but for different purposes. For example, sustainability teams may need building energy data for annual emissions reporting, but the data could be owned and managed by the energy team. Finance teams need maintenance and work order data for budgeting and planning, but it’s owned by the facilities team. Having data centralized in a tool like Building Insights enables teams to easily access information they need for their jobs. Instead of sifting through large amounts of static spreadsheets or complex BMS data, energy, facilities, and sustainability teams spend more time in higher value activities.

Building Insights offers different methods to share information with stakeholders:

Raw data sets: Instead of cleaning up spreadsheet graphs or exporting data from various systems, you can easily export a single CSV file from Building Insights. By default, all Building Insights users can export data.

Dashboard or report: Assemble data-driven “cards” to create a continuously-updating dashboard, or a quarterly or annual report.

Email reports: Send a one-time email with a link to a dashboard to share information without logging into Building Insights. Many users take advantage of this feature for corporate meetings or reporting out to executive teams.

Scheduled reports: Set up a scheduled email that will deliver a link, PDF, or CSV on a recurring basis—every day, week, or month. This is a great way to cut down on the amount of time teams spend waiting for access to data when it’s housed in spreadsheets or various systems.

Sharing Data Beyond the Experts

One of your most important stakeholders is the public: the tenants, students, or visitors who use your buildings. Even if you don’t intend to give the public access to Building Insights, there are still exciting ways that they can become involved in the various energy conservation measures across your campus.

Storyboards allow you to group one or many dashboards into a single, consolidated view. On touch-enabled monitors, users may navigate dashboards to learn about your buildings’ performance or ongoing efficiency projects. On regular screens, storyboards can automatically rotate to showcase your data. They can even be shared by email or on the web, just like a dashboard.

Dashboard cards have the ability to be embedded in an external website. For company intranets or sustainability portals, cards can provide up-to-date information about your buildings and increased visibility to your data. Some common use cases for storyboards include:

Showcasing energy projects: Make your project tracking dashboards visible to your wider organization and highlight the continuous progress of ongoing energy efficiency projects.

Hosting competitions: Create electricity and water use reduction competitions across competing buildings, and display ranked building performance.

Education and engagement: Inform occupants and visitors of your green building, emissions offsetting, and cultural initiatives with narrative pictures and video

To learn more about how you can improve collaboration and transparency at your organization with Building Insights, reach out to us for a free demo.