Computer chip giant AMD recently issued a savvy statement regarding its sophisticated LEED-certified office building in Austin, Texas:“While this certification means that the design features are amongst the greenest in the country, it does not guarantee that the people working in the building are always mindful of the environment.”
To get around this human error, AMD is installing smart e-building technology.
Smart e-building provides 24/7 real-time information on how energy is used. If a computer or light bulb is left on overnight, this technology will let you know. It will also identify surges in power and other inefficiencies that are driving up the power bill.
There is an old saying that “what gets measured gets managed,” and that’s exactly the idea behind AMD’s new energy management tool.
It’s not an entirely new concept. Smart metering was initially popular in Europe in the early 2000s, though it’s been gaining momentum in the U.S. since 2006, when GE, Intel, HP, Oracle, Cisco, and Capgemini came together to form the Smart Energy Alliance.
It makes sense that AMD is launching its own smart e-building program at its Lone Star campus, since Austin ranks among the greenest cities and intends to become carbon neutral by 2020.
Ongoing initiatives by the city of Austin, such as the Pecan Street Project, show that citizens support getting 15-second updates on their energy usage — because it encourages them to become more energy efficient, and they ultimately save money on utilities.
NOW WATCH: Ideas videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.