Turn Retrofit Opportunities into Tenant Attractive Smart Buildings
May 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM | from Gord Echlin, Triacta Power Technologies
Successful building control projects need to be nurtured over time — built on real data with input from all key stakeholders. This goes beyond technology and is as much about relationship development and stewardship. The engagement must include assistance interpreting project results and a path for further improvements.
The following roadmap borrows heavily from Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Step 1. Create a Metering Fabric
Deploy an open system, revenue grade submetering fabric coupled with an Energy Management Information System to create benchmarking, verification, visibility, analysis, and data mobility.
Step 2. Benchmark
Meassure and benchmark or characterize a building’s energy use with data points from the newly installed metering fabric.
Step 3. Analyze the Results
Analyze results, modeling ideal versus actual to quantify resource saving opportunities.
Step 4. Recommendations
Make recommendations (with targets) for physical plant and process enhancement opportunities.
Step 5. Verify and Implement
Verify and implement improvements — behavioral first, then control improvements.
Step 6. Repeat
Repeat steps 1 through 5, continuously.
There is a large opportunity for control system integrators to engage customers with cost-effective programs today that can blossom into larger programs down the road. In short, precede what will ultimately be an expensive control project with an economic and necessary submetering initiative that will justify the former.