- June 09, 2010
- QA Graphics
June 9, 2010 QA Graphics added a module for the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard solution that is compatible with the Tridium Niagara AX platform. The Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard is an interactive solution used to provide education about the importance of a buildings efficiencies and sustainable features. The educational display can show a buildings resource use in real-time, providing a series of screens with live and historical building data, such as electric use or water use. The data is presented in an easy to understand format for building occupants and the public. Any building data pulled from the control system can be displayed on graphs for a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly time period. Showing a buildings resource use is important; it allows viewers to see if the building is performing as it should be and motivates them to be more aware of their resource use. The solution also helps facility managers and building owners manage their buildings resource use, as the data is readily accessible and the metrics are easier to understand. Typically, to display real-time data, the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard requires certain hardware components to integrate the application with a buildings control system. With QA Graphics development of the new EEED Module for Niagara AX, users of the Niagara AX platform can purchase the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard at a significantly lower price, because the module allows customers to utilize the control systems existing hardware. The module also simplifies the process and reduces the set-up time needed to integrate the application with the AX platform. In addition to displaying a buildings performance data, the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard is also used to educate building occupants and the public about the buildings sustainable practices. A variety of educational information can be displayed, like calculators that compute the resources saved, educational demos that show how a solar hot water panel system collects solar energy to provide a facility with hot water, and environmental tips that everyone can follow to help sustain the environment. Interactive features like quizzes, games and LEED checklists make the display fun and encourage viewers to learn more. Energy education dashboards are increasingly being used by schools, universities, libraries, retail facilities, hotels, restaurants, and governmental buildings, and when combined with supporting educational efforts, may help achieve the U.S. Green Building Councils (USGBC) Innovation in Design LEED credit. The Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard can be displayed on the internet, intranet, and/or hardware devices located throughout the building, such as touch screens or kiosks. The application is also editable, giving the end-user the ability to change much of the content and images as the sustainable initiatives evolve.