Efficiency On Steroids – Church Management (ChMS) + eSPACE

For years, the eSPACE Team has been asked “Does eSPACE integrate with our Church Management Software?”

Great question!

If you have been asking that question and want to utilize the eSPACE Event Management module or HVAC Integration, then we have good news.  For many of you, the answer is YES!

eSPACE has developed an integration of our COOLSPACE HVAC Integration (either via a Building Automation System* or WiFi Thermostats) for the following Church Management Software (ChMS) applications:

  1. Church Community Builder (CCB)
  2. ShelbyNEXT
  3. Rock RMS
  4. Ministry Platform
  5. Elexio
  6. Elexio Community
  7. FellowshipOne GO
  8. Simple Church
  9. FellowshipOne Premier/Event U (there are some specific requirements for this to function…call for details)
  10. Servant Keeper
  11. ACS (HVAC only)

*Some hardware may be required

What is even better…you don’t have to abandon your ChMS calendar as this integration can either work in the background or in the forefront…your choice.

eSPACE has developed an HVAC Integration called COOLSPACE that can integrate with many Building Automation Systems and some WiFi Thermostats.

Welcome to the future of software integration and the world of the “Internet of Things.”

With COOLSPACE/eSPACE integration, you can easily schedule all the events in your facility and know that the HVAC systems will respond to each event as they occur. Not only can you realize energy savings with improved HVAC run-times, your facility staff is able to devote more time to other needs.

For continued efficiency, integration with eSPACE allows your ChMS scheduler to still be the front end interface for your general users and staff while the Facility and Event Management Teams can utilize the robust features of eSPACE as their daily management tool. You do not have to train the majority on new systems, and your facility team can really drill down into the more detailed information and planning tools needed to intentionally manage and maintain facilities.

Do we have your attention?

You are going to want to contact us so we can share how this can help your church be more Efficient, Effective, and INTENTIONAL with the ministry tools God has entrusted to you.

Sound too good to be true?

Welcome to the future of software integration and the world of the “Internet of Things.”

Contact us for more details! 

Impacting Ministry via the Thermostats

By Colby May, Certified Energy Manager and Mission Pastor of Lit – Energy Management Empowering Change.

QUESTION. What is the biggest factor on a building’s energy use? Is it the HVAC, lighting, building envelope, or behavior?

If you answered behavior, you are correct. According to State of the Plate we tithed $50B in 2013. Of the $50B, $10B was spent on utilities, maintenance and operations of our buildings yet only $1B on missions.  Facility related costs, including utility spend, is typically our second largest budget item behind salaries.  But imagine, if you will, how we could impact ministry by promoting smart energy use. We need our church buildings for a number of reasons, but the way we manage our facility, maintenance and energy has been ignored in many ways.

Part of our call as God’s creation is to also be good stewards of that creation. I believe Genesis 1:1 says it all: “God created the heavens and the Earth.” If we, and all that exists, are part of God’s creation, are we to be wasteful with that which God created? Throughout the Bible, we are called to be good stewards. In Greek, stewardship, or oikonomia, is the same word used to define management and administration. We are called to be managers or stewards of what has been entrusted to us.

On average (and this average changes based on building location, equipment and behavior) 50% of our electric use is typically our HVAC system, 30% is our lighting system, and the remaining 20% is plug load.  We also have many influencers that impact our energy use.  The strength of our building envelope can account for 1/3 of our HVAC use.  However, the largest impact on our energy and maintenance is behavior.  According to EPA 30% of the energy we use is wasted, which means we can recapture those costs through no or low cost practices.

What do thermostats have to do with Ministry? Of course behavior impacts all levels of energy management, but the largest target on a typical church is the ability to control HVAC use.  Most churches we serve have conventional thermostats or programmable thermostats that rely on continued occupant adjustments, but with that comes occupant error.  Many times we will walk a facility and find thermostats locked on hold at 65° 24/7 during hot summer months.  This is a very expensive practice, but it also provides the largest opportunity.  Of course a good option is to implement a computerized energy management system that will allow a church to control use from a centralized location.  These are really good systems available on the market, however there are problems that churches need to be prepared to understand.  Costs are extremely high to install ($1-2 per square foot), the systems require extensive training, some require long-term contracts, and many times replacement parts are hard to find.

In our opinion, and typically a first recommendation for our energy audits are implementing WIFI-enabled thermostats.  WIFI-thermostats allow a church to set schedules, setpoints, zoning and more from a centralized web-based location at a 10th of the cost. Every degree that we adjust on our thermostat equips the HVAC portion of our utility bill by 1.5%.  So an average cooling temperature of 72° verses 65° can save up to 10.5%.  Incorporating the thermostat software into church event scheduling, will go a long way into saving money.  And in our opinion the more we can save the more we can impact ministry opportunities.  WIFI-enabled thermostats truly equip the facility team to make easier and centralized HVAC decisions, minimize user error, and more importantly redirect energy spend to ministry needs.

Colby May is a Certified Energy Manager and Mission Pastor.  He formed a 501c3 called LIT that sits at the intersection of missions and energy management, where their mission is to leverage energy management and sustainable principals to impact the local church in the most vulnerable areas.  He has a degree from Gordon Conwell Seminary (Integral Missions) and has performed over 2,000 energy audits.   Colby@lit.church or www.lit.church.

 

 

Thermostats: The Future is Here

Thermostats are the ever-present overlord of humanity’s day-to-day comfort. Think about it – there is hardly an American citizen who does not own and operate a thermostat in their own home. And yet, few people think about this little piece of technology past the annoyance of the Building Manager stubbornly locking the A/C at a crisp 65 degrees.

Once upon a time, people had a much harder time regulating their home and business temperature. In the early 20th century the majority of facilities had manually operated furnaces. These furnaces, usually located in the basement, required frequent coal-stoking and physical adjustments of valves, draft, or dampers.

The progression of the “thermostat” (if you can call the early versions a thermostat) is fascinating…if you have the time, read THIS or THIS.

We have come a long way baby!

Thermostat technology continues to evolve…and will continue to do so. Think of a thermostat as another piece of technology (like your smart phone) that will continue to do more and communicate with other devices and systems. The technology keeps getting smarter, and as it does, the benefits to your organization continue to increase.

This is where eSPACE and our COOLSPACE solution come in.  We have have released our integrated WiFi thermostats that are an EXCELLENT way to increase energy and operational efficiency…especially when integrated with the eSPACE Event Scheduler.

See what some of our clients are saying:

Centralized control through an easy to use web portal and mobile app make management easy. The motion sensors then allow for great flexibility without the need to spend tons of time making changes to programming. This system allow us to keep our focus on ministry and spend less time making changes to accommodate events. JONATHAN SMITH, Faith Lafayette Church

LOVING THIS SETUP. I love having the text messages when power goes out on the unit and being able to read the temp from the duct sensor. I appreciate all the hard work you guys did to help me get it up and running. It will pay off! BRYAN CHITTENDEN, Woodridge Church

Easy to use with simple installation. JEFF KELLY, Turning Point Church

Want to learn more?  Click HERE to review our FAQ’s about the stats or click the image below get even more information.

 

Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Facility (and Team)

WOW…is it really December?  Where did 2016 go?!?!

With Christmas right around the corner, now is the ideal time to be thinking about that perfect gift for your Facility Manager…or facility team…or your facility (yes…our facilities deserve “gifts”).

In light of that, allow us to be Santa’s helper and give you some great ideas:

  1. Facility Stewardship Manual – This nearly 300 page resource tool is the perfect gift for any facility professional or any person tasked with stewarding their facility. Check it out HERE.
  2. WiFi thermostats – Looking to save money and increase efficiency?  Then your facility (and team) deserve to have WIFI thermostats.  There are 2 added bonuses to this gift…it can integrate with  eSPACE Event Scheduler to increase efficiency and it has a mobile app.  BOOM…3 in one gift!
  3. Work Order Management Mobile App – If you are a subscriber to the eSPACE Work Order Management application, there is now a mobile app that is FREE.  Who does not love free?
  4. Facility Assessments and Management Assistance – If you are intentional about sustaining your facility for generations to come, then you need to consider a detailed assessment of the condition and life cycle of your facility as well as proactive facility management best practices.  Check out our SUSTAIN services.
  5. The Only 3-in-1 Facility Management Software – If you are not using eSPACE for your Event and Facility Scheduler and Work Order Management, then this is the gift that will have an incredible return on your investment. See why HERE.
  6. Books, and Books and Books – If you or your team are avid readers, then give them the gift of knowledge.  We have several books available HERE that will help your team look at church facilities differently.  This is ideal not just for your facility team, but if you are considering an expansion or construction initiative, then these are must-have tools.

As if that were not enough options, stay tuned for a new “gift” in January…the Life cycle Calculator.
If you have been looking for a great tool to establish your capital reserves as well as track depreciable assets, you will want to get this!

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Wi-Fi Thermostats – Greatest Thing Since HVAC

Does your facility have HVAC units?

Do you have manual or programmable thermostats?

Do you wish you could reduce your energy bills?

Does increasing your staff efficiency rank high on your priority list?

Do you wish you could control your HVAC from your mobile phone?

WAIT NO MORE!!!!!

Cool Solutions Group and eSPACE is ecstatic to announce the release of the ONLY Commercial Wi-Fi Thermostat that can interface with eSPACE (and other facility scheduling software). We are beyond excited to release this option for churches, schools and other organizations, that we can hardly contain ourselves.

For many years we have been asked about a means by which a church could integrate their HVAC to their event/facility scheduling software.  We initially developed an option that would provide a means by which a BACnet system, utilizing a JACE could do such.  But we found that churches with a JACE were the minority in the market.  While that system is still a viable option, most of the churches we work with still have manual thermostats or at best, programmable thermostats.  Our first option was not a good option for them.

That is why the new COOLSPACE/EnTouch Pro is such a revolutionary option.  Check out this list of features:

  • > Interfaces with eSPACE and others facility schedulers*
  • > Full color touchscreen displayetprowifi1
  • > Built-in motion sensor
  • > Built-in WiFi networking
  • > Remote management including mobile app
  • > Security modes limit user changes
  • > Supports remote temperature sensor
  • > Manage multiple facilities and locations
  • > Multi-stage controls
  • > Track performance and usage of HVAC

You are going to want to check this out!

Click on HERE or e-mail us at info@eSPACE.cool 

coolspace-med*Call for details on which Facility Schedulers we interface with.

 

Meet Our New Onboarding Specialist

Here we GROW!!!

As our company continues to grow, God has provided the right team members to join our band of dedicated Facility Specialists. He always proves the right person…for the right seat on the bus…at just the right time.

Given our growth and deep passion to serve our clients (and future clients…and you know who you are!) we knew we had to make an adjustment to our customer service efforts.  To that end we have added a new “Onboarding Specialist” – Jennifer Erwin.  This frees up our Customer Service team to focus on serving the needs of our current eSPACE subscribers.  If you are already a subscriber, you know that we go to enormous efforts to provide you with a live person…in the USA…to help address your concerns, questions and overall support.  That is why this change is so important to us…and to you.

So, I asked Jen to share a little bit with you all.  Please join me in welcoming Jen to our team…and family:

A Personal Note From Jennifer Erwin, Onboarding Specialist

jen soloJune 13th was my first day as the Onboarding Specialist at eSPACE/Cool Solutions Group. Onboarding Specialist. Fancy title, right? Not really. I’d rather change my title to “Servant.”

“Servant?” you ask. Yep.

Servant.

And in that servanthood my desire is to train clients to appreciate the software that eSPACE provides – Event Scheduler and Work Order Management platforms as well as our COOL SPACE HVAC Integration and WIFI Thermostats (these are SO COOL!) – so that they are able to better manage the resources with which the Lord has entrusted them.

See, I’m a no-nonsense kind of person. Black-and-white thinker. Logical. Rational. Straight shooter.

Our software is like that, too.

And even though I think it’s pretty awesome, the staff at eSPACE doesn’t want the credit. We want the credit to go to the One who holds it all. We want to help you better manage your spaces, your resources, your locations, your events and your equipment so that you have more time to focus on the Kingdom.

Simple.

We realize that church administrators/leaders wear lots of hats. How many? Lots. In fact, they probably wear more hats than there are proverbial hatboxes in which to store them! But are you – the administrator – insistent on committing to memory all the schedules, events, work orders and calendar items of your church?

Surely not.

Like you, I love people – but I’m not fond of chaos. In fact, here’s a simple formula to remember as you use our software:

Chaos = NOT GOOD. Order = GOOD.

I love hearing potential clients say, “Oh, now THAT’S awesome!” when their minds’ light bulbs flicker on after a demo. I love knowing the moment they’re able to envision how our product(s) can integrate into their current workflow to help better manage it.

Do I know everything there is to know about facilities management or software or training or modules or integration? Nope.

But I do know this: Our program is simple yet comprehensive. It can be as granular or as over-reaching as you want. It can handle your facility related workload – and everyone else’s, too. In addition, I’m listening. I’m documenting. I’m communicating. I’m following up. You want the very best? That’s what eSPACE wants for you, too.

So you have more time to focus on the Kingdom.

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