We needed to standardize data acquisition and render the system non-proprietary so that going forward meters could be interchangeable.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) November 29, 2011
A recent string of electrical, steam, chilled water and domestic water sub metering projects culminated earlier this month with Genergy’s delivery of a comprehensive, revenue grade, non-proprietary, real time sub metering system for a high profile NYC Commercial Real Estate owner. Modeled after Genergy’s Patented web based platform, the system is intended for transparent reading and revenue billing services
“In the past decade or so, advances in technology have enabled the client, a nationally recognized wireless carrier, to dramatically downsize equipment,” explains Zhen Wu, a licensed engineer working as Genergy’s lead project manager, “and consequently lots of commercial real estate space has been freed up. In contemplating how to best utilize this space, the client considered consolidating its operations to one area of the building and separating out the balance of space no longer needed. Given the value of Real Estate, this was an attractive option.”
But anyone experienced in building management will be the first to point out that separating an infrastructure originally built for one user isn’t easy, and the client faced modification costs estimated at well over $20 million – that is until sub metering came into the picture.
Sub metering, whether for electric, steam, chilled water or domestic water, allows real estate owners to keep a building’s infrastructure intact by monitoring the flow of energy through metering devices, which are inserted throughout a distribution system at key, pre-determined take off points. The energy flow monitored is then quantified and displayed by the device in a definable unit of measurement. This means that if a building owner wishes to retain only the 1st and 2nd floor, and rent the 3rd floor of a 3 story building, the owner doesn’t have to sever utility services to the 3rd floor and install new, dedicated services – the owner can simply install sub meters on the 3rd floor utility take off points to determine how much energy is being consumed by the 3rd floor.
Zhen Wu goes on to explain, “This project had its fair share of challenges. We faced five different meter types manufactured by 4 different manufacturers, each with its own communication protocols. In order to represent the client’s best interest, we needed to standardize data acquisition and render the system non-proprietary so that going forward meters could be interchangeable and no one manufacturer would have the client locked into buying only their equipment. But the irony of it is”, Wu points out, “that in rendering the system non-proprietary, Genergy ensured that it too could be replaced as the meter reading and revenue billing company anytime. This is only fair if we’re truly representing a client’s best interest.”
Since 1984, Genergy Worldwide has been renowned for its professionalism and technical expertise in the field of energy and infrastructure management, sub meter reading and cost recovery billing, meter procurement, system design, installations, commissioning, integration and maintenance. New York City’s elite that continue to benefit from Genergy’s services include Cipriani USA, Patina Restaurant Group, SL Green Realty, Fordham University, CB Richard Ellis, BREA Equity Office Properties, ABS Partners, Millennium Partners, Cushman & Wakefield and Cassidy Turley
Genergy has been providing infrastructure management, sub metering and revenue recovery services to Commercial Real Estate owners and managers since 1984. Genergy is a registered with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). For more information, contact Genergy at (212) 664-7600 or visit them on online at http://www.genergy.com.