When speaking with clients, a reoccurring question that arises is whether or not they need a different submetering system to measure each utility (electric, water and gas). The simple answer is, that depends. The majority of systems that are in the market right now communicate wirelessly; however, there are still systems that are being sold that require the meters to be hardwired into the properties building automation systems. These systems often require that the meters need to have the ability to be read through the specific automation systems communication protocol. This can potentially mean that you will need different devices to be installed to standardize the way your meters are communicating, which can end up becoming very expensive and labor intensive.
Byram recommends installing a submetering system that can handle all of your utilities as well as communicate remotely. Not only will you save time and money during the installation process, but you will also be able to scale the system over time as tenants or residents move in and out.