BuildingIQ Benefits – BuildingIQ

BuildingIQ Benefits


  • Delivers a positive ROI in months
  • Reduces HVAC energy expense by 10-25%
  • Very low upfront cost to get started
  • Improves energy performance without incurring CapEx expense
  • Reduces operating expenses and delivers tangible, measurable savings
  • Delivers automated control, not just reports and graphs


  • Reduces the need for a building engineer at every building. The solution provides a portal for a single operator to view and manage a portfolio of buildings
  • Standardizes and deploys HVAC management best practices across a portfolio, regardless of building type, equipment or installed BMS vendor
  • Reduces the strain on facilities staff so they can focus on more pressing strategic issues
  • Works in buildings “as is”
  • BMS agnostic – works with all major BMS vendors
  • Increases the value of portfolio-wide assets
  • Protect occupants’ comfort
  • Improve BMS operations and reliability
  • Enable buildings to be Smart Grid-ready without requiring upgrades or custom engineering

In addition, behind every deployment is an experienced building engineer working in one of the company’s Network Operations Centers (NOCs). Company engineers are on call 24×7 and are continuously watching buildings to ensure they are meeting customers’ control objectives. They are also discovering and correcting on-going, undetected, maintenance issues.


Increases sustainability – up to 18 additional points for LEED, 1 to 5 additional points for ENERGY STAR, and up to one additional star for NABERS.

Download: White Paper: Energy Efficiency Ratings— Benchmarks that Drive Excellence in Building Design and Operations

BuildingIQ and LEED:

LEED refers to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and was established by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). It is a system of points and category classes based on several factors that evaluate the energy efficiency of a building and its sustainability characteristics. This would include its levels of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and its provisions for indoor environmental quality. The results categorize buildings into classes that include Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, with Platinum being the highest.

Deploying BuildingIQ can provide up to 18 additional LEED points and ensure compliance with required criteria. Additional LEED points could result in:

BuildingIQ LEED

  • Upgrading a non-qualifying building to Certified level.
  • Upgrading a Certified Level building to Gold level.
  • Upgrading a Silver Level building to Gold level.
  • Upgrading a Gold Level building to Platinum

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BuildingIQ and ENERGY STAR Ratings:

ENERGY STAR is the rating system used by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

It normalizes a building’s energy intensity (i.e., energy per square foot) according to its climate, size, operating characteristics, functional use, construction type, and other factors so that “like” buildings can be compared to each other. Results are stated as a percentile. For example, an ENERGY STAR rating of 80 means the building is in the 80th percentile of energy performance, or, it performs as well as or better than 80% of similar buildings.

BuildingIQ generally provides a gain of 1 to 5 ENERGY STAR rating points. If the building is already very high performing, the improvement will be closer to 1-3 points. If the building is poorly performing, the gain will be greater. Here is a chart that broadly illustrates this:


Before BuildingIQ After BuildingIQ Gain in ENERGY STAR
Rating Points
kWh/sq ft per yr ENERGY STAR rating kWh/sq ft per yr ENERGY STAR rating
25.3 95 23.6 96 1
30.1 90 28.1 92 2
37.2 80 31.5 84 4
43.1 70 40.2 75 5

(1) The above results are based on a 20% HVAC energy usage performance improvement enabled by BuildingIQ.
(2) HVAC energy is assumed to be 45% of the total building energy usage.

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BuildingIQ and NABERS (Australia):

NABERS refers to National Australian Built Environmental Rating System, and was established by the government of Australia through the Office of Environment and Heritage.

NABERS measures the energy efficiency, water usage, waste management and indoor environment quality of a building and its impact on the environment. It does this by using measured and verified performance information, such as utility bills, and converting them into an easy to understand star-rating scale from one to six stars. For example, a 6-star rating demonstrates market-leading performance, while a 1-star rating means the building is poorly performing. The system can be used for a complete building, for only the tenant spaces, or only the common area. It can also be restricted to just one area such as energy, but not water. BuildingIQ can improve a building’s NABERS scores of up to one additional full star.

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