Big Data Increases Investment Potential of Buildings

December 9, 2014

Analyzing metrics such as temperature sensors, air handlers, and utility data can dramatically improve the efficiency of a building, making it more appealing to real estate investors. Unfortunately, such data is often ignored by property managers, who then miss the opportunity to make incremental improvements on their systems.

A recent study in Urban Studies Journal showed that green buildings can cause gentrification, increase transaction value by 5 percent and increase overall rental value.

Together, Energy Star and LEED certify the overall green operation of a building. Optimizing existing infrastructure to reduce energy consumption is a great way to increase the Energy Star score with a high return on investment.

Low-cost technology and Building Automation Systems (BAS)—such as utility sub-metering and increased sensor infrastructure—can help create extensive, useful data and ample opportunities to improve building and system performance and sustainability.

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