Small Businesses Are Achieving Real Value with Intelligent Buildings

As the benefits of intelligent buildings become more widely publicized, many owners of smaller commercial facilities wonder what value they might receive by transforming their underperforming buildings. The answer is everything from reduced energy consumption and savings to greater productivity and comfort.

Let’s look at two JouleSmart projects — Southwest Family Dentistry and U.S.S. Chowder Pot III — for insight into the hard benefits businesses experience when they decide to upgrade their facilities with a JouleSmart solution.   


Goal: Achieve demonstrable reductions in energy consumption

Going green is a goal of many small to medium-sized businesses, but the reality is that it can be difficult to achieve with existing operational systems that were never designed to be smart about energy requirements and usage.


The owners of Southwest Family Dentistry and U.S.S. Chowder Pot each wanted to reduce their business’ impact on the environment by optimizing energy consumption. To do so, they needed a solution for retrofitting their existing buildings to become intelligent about the operational systems in the building and the people who rely on them for a comfortable, safe environment.


Solution: A turnkey intelligent building solution

For each facility, JouleSmart delivered an intelligent building solution customized to the unique needs of the business. The solution includes: a centralized building management system that uses controllers and sensors to monitor and manage operational systems such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, and refrigeration. Each solution also includes JouleSmart ActiveOversight™ for facility management services and continuous monitoring of the buildings’ performance.  

Value Delivered: Reduced energy usage and environmental impact

Once the facilities were transformed into intelligent buildings, JouleSmart ActiveOversight began to optimize the operation of the buildings’ systems. Both businesses immediately began reducing their environmental impact, which translated into reduced operating costs.


Value Southwest Family Dentistry U.S.S. Chowder Pot III
Carbon reduction 100 tons

Equivalent to 5,587 gallons of gasoline

Equivalent of more than 3,000 trees

Eliminated more than 300,000 miles of vehicle
travel annually on the part of employees

kWh reductions 77,183 64,084
Annual energy cost savings
$13,437 $10,187
15-year cumulative savings $95, 375 $150,000