Smart Energy Analytics Blog

Wednesday, April 29, 2020: As we wind down the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign after four years of engagement with building owners and operators who adopt EMIS at their sites, we are pleased to present the last group of award winners in the Campaign. These four award recipients will join a list of 22 previous awardees, described in Success Stories that outline their organization’s installation and use of EMIS. Here are the Spring 2020 recognized participants and category: Pomona College - Innovation in Using an Energy Management and Information System University of Utah Health - New Installation of Fault Detection and Diagnostics Stony Brook University - Largest Portfolio Using an Energy Information System Commonwealth Partners - Best Practices Using an Energy Information System We’ll host these winners in a webinar in May, where each building owner will give the background on how they executed their EMIS implementation, how the project evolved, and best practices that were learned along the way. We hope you can join us. May 20th 11am-12pm PST Meeting ID: 307 275 800    
Wednesday, December 4, 2019: Cybersecurity concerns represent a significant barrier for many commercial building owners who are considering the addition of connected smart building technologies to improve their buildings’ energy performance. To gain insight on how the building  community approaches cybersecurity, Berkeley Lab and Pacific Northwest National Lab organized a one-day workshop that was attended by 21 building owners, operators and other stakeholders.  The focus of the day was on cybersecurity practices and concerns for Operational Technology (OT) staff rather than Information Technology (IT) where cyber issues are typically discussed. The Roundtable centered on connected energy efficient OT, such as energy management and information systems (EMIS), advanced connected controls, and “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices.  The summary report describes the themes, best practices and outstanding needs still to be understood by the building owner community.     Read more
Thursday, October 10, 2019: Installing an energy management and information system (EMIS) and successfully integrating analytics into ongoing practices is a significant undertaking, requiring clear planning, vision, and intentional efforts to engage all key building stakeholders. In October 2019, the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign recognized the latest wave of exemplary new EMIS installations, from Swedish Medical Center, Vanderbilt University, LBA Realty, and Universal Health Services. Read on to find out more about what makes these organizations’ EMIS special. Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Recognized for New Installation of FDD, Healthcare. In partnership with MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, Swedish Medical Center implemented FDD at three hospital campuses, expanding from their first campus of about 1 million sq ft to 2.8 million sq ft in approximately one year. Using a customized ICONICS platform, the MacDonald-Miller team identifies faults down to the terminal unit level, then meets weekly with the operations team to discuss and plan for corrective actions for the highest priority faults.  By exporting data from ICONICS into Microsoft Power BI, the team provides management-level reporting dashboard of fault rates, total fault cost waste, and opportunities that remain to be addressed.  MacDonald-Miller is delivering FDD to Swedish Medical Center through a 5-year performance contract designed to get analytics up and running and help embed the tools into operational practices.  Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Recognized for New Installation of FDD, Higher Education. Working closely with BuildingLogix, their FDD vendor and monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) provider, Vanderbilt University recently implemented FDD software in over 1 million sq ft of buildings on campus.  The FDD software is helping Vanderbilt dig into faults, diagnose problems, and verify the system fixes. When bringing a new building or chilled water plant into the FDD system, BuildingLogix develops a detailed... Read more
Tuesday, September 17, 2019: This summer an online survey was sent to all Campaign participants and supporting partners with the goal of helping the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory project team define next steps for future collaboration with building owners and industry.  Thanks to your responses, we have valuable results to share.  Owners that responded to the survey have implemented various energy management and information system (EMIS) technologies: 89% with energy information systems (analytics with energy meter data), 65% with fault detection and diagnostic systems (analytics with building automation system data), and 11% with automated system optimization (dynamically modify HVAC control setpoints to optimize energy use). The supporting partners were mostly EMIS products and service providers.  Both owners and supporting partners were asked about what elements have been the most helpful “enablers” for success for installation and use of EMIS. The enablers chosen by both the participants and supporting partners point to the importance of collaboration with stakeholders ranging from management to IT staff. We also asked participants and supporting partners about barriers to installing and using EMIS. The supporting partners and participants agree that lack of staff time to review the EMIS dashboards and reports, and to investigate and implement findings is the prime barrier. This finding points to the need to provide more time (and training) to prioritize the use of EMIS tools as a part of the building operations team’s job duties. Additionally, building owners reported barriers in getting their EMIS installed due to lack of existing metering, data quality problems, and challenges integrating data from disparate sources. Owners work everyday with the challenges and inefficiencies of working with data streams saved in multiple locations.  Last, we asked Supporting Partners to weigh in on the question of “What do you think the industry needs to bring EMIS into the mainstream more... Read more