Romancing the Rules

  Can mastering machine-learning rules for email, messaging, social media feeds and other collaboration tools make us better occupants and operators of  intelligent buildings? I didn’t know that using traditional email was so over. But, the following tweet from Ben Evans, capsulizing his reaction to Google Inbox got me thinking: “Lots of people are trying to 'solve' email… Maybe the solution … Continue reading Romancing the Rules

Four New Ways to Scan Your Whole Building for Energy Waste

Looking at any system from a high-level and as a whole is usually the best way to get to know its key drivers. Individual buildings and portfolios of buildings are no different. While the idea of a quick and remote data analysis to assess energy performance of whole buildings is alluring, actually extracting information for business … Continue reading Four New Ways to Scan Your Whole Building for Energy Waste

Model-Based Building Performance Analysis

The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) recently invited speakers from PG&E, Autodesk and First Fuel among others to address continuous learners on the topic of software analytics tools that attempt to remotely assess whole-building energy performance.  This session was captured and is available with slides and audio here.  Based on this information, plus additional … Continue reading Model-Based Building Performance Analysis

Meter/Sensor-Based Remote Building Energy Performance Analytics

First Fuel presented on the topic of  how the company uses meter data, mapping tools, weather data and occupancy data to model a commercial building's energy performance as part of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) recent brown-bag continuous learning series.  Venture-funded First Fuel provides energy auditing services to commercial building owners that is typically packaged and delivered … Continue reading Meter/Sensor-Based Remote Building Energy Performance Analytics

Diagnosing Energy Performance Up and Down the Building System Hierarchy

  The team at KGS Buildings makes a compelling case for a modeling approach to whole-building energy assessment that also supports a continuous and connected process as you move up and down through a building system hierarchy.  Diagnosing a detected anomaly, for example, can require examining operational efficiency of the HVAC system as a whole, then a … Continue reading Diagnosing Energy Performance Up and Down the Building System Hierarchy

For Energy Analytics, Skip Big Data. Start With Right Data

Altura Pioneers Building Performance Commissioning Guided by Operational-Data-Based Diagnostics The Connected Building Commissioning (CBCx) process of Energy Engineering services firm, Altura Associates, exemplifies yet another approach to whole-building/whole-portfolio energy assessment. This involves on-site connection to the building management system (BMS) to extract realtime data from thousands of measured HVAC, water and lighting points and feeding … Continue reading For Energy Analytics, Skip Big Data. Start With Right Data