A key element to optimizing energy conservation benefits is information management. This truth is evident in the statement that most of the flow of energy in buildings and university campuses is controlled by the flow of information with instructions of equipment operation and information about equipment performance.
Information can be reduced to "bytes" represented by zeros or ones. How we direct the "flow" of information, how the information is captured, stored, analyzed, accessed and displayed is information management. Information technology, the computers, servers and networks, with peripherals (monitors, keyboards, mouse, and printers) provide the tools to manage information.
Integrated information management initiatives into the Facilities Information Management System (FIMS), which includes: