May 17, 2012
-- Carlsbad, Calif. – May 17, 2012 – Realcomm Conference Group, LLC, a global leader in providing technology education and networking opportunities for the commercial, corporate, institutional and government real estate industry, announced today that Microsoft will present a case study on its smart campus pilot program at the inaugural IBcon 2012 – the Smart, Connected, High Performance, Intelligent Buildings Conference on June 13-14 at the Las Vegas Hotel. The case study will be presented by Darrell Smith, Sr. Operation & Energy Manager, Microsoft Real Estate & Facilities, who will share the initial findings, methodologies deployed, how cross-organizational collaboration was used to attain the current level of success and discuss the next steps to drive down energy cost and improve the employee experience.
Due to the rapid growth of the Microsoft campus over the years, a disparity was created across its 118 building, 15M square foot portfolio. There were multiple building systems and applications that didn’t communicate and there existed large amounts of data across multiple systems and databases across the campus. The overall objective was to aggregate all these disparate systems onto a common platform to drive better Business Intelligence (BI), reduce energy cost and optimize the building assets. With the Smart Building solution, Microsoft has the BI at their fingertips and is moving to continuous commissioning of 30,000assets a year, which provides an energy savings of $1.5M in the first fiscal year and payback in less than 18 months.
Microsoft’s smart building solution was established with an upfront investment of less than 5 percent of their annual energy expenditure. By collecting and analyzing millions of data points (samples) per day, the company has been able to embark on multiple improvements that are reshaping the way its buildings are managed. A key principle in its Intelligent Building initiative was to use Microsoft technologies and show that software can be a critical piece of the solution. Their building engineers have become far more productive – instead of “walking around” to find issues, they’re now “walking to” the problems that have the greatest impact on energy cost or tenant comfort.
“As the industry moves into next generation implementation strategies, the Microsoft Smart Campus program is about ‘building efficiencies meets information technology’,”
said Jim Young, Co-Founder and CEO of Realcomm. “We are excited to present this case study, which is what IBcon is all about – how the use of technology and cross collaboration within an organization can transform operational projects. IBcon is the only global conference that will go wider and deeper into the intelligent buildings arena and provide attendees critical information to successfully implement their smart solutions.”
Realcomm Conference Group, LLC (www.realcomm.com)
is the leading research and educational institution that produces annual conferences and expositions on technology, automated business solutions and intelligent buildings for executives in commercial, corporate, institutional and government real estate. Realcomm was founded in 1999 with the goal of bringing industry leaders together each year to discuss, demonstrate and debate the latest innovations that impact the industry. Today, in addition to the annual conferences, Realcomm conducts webinars, workshops and other strategic services to educate industry professionals about the latest business solutions and technologies to improve commercial real estate development, leasing, management and operations.