Smart Energy Analytics Blog

Friday, May 10, 2019: The call for Spring award applications was heard loud and clear by Campaign participants this year. We received a very strong group of applications; each one was a solid contender with an interesting EMIS story to tell. At a webinar on June 6th, 2019 we presented the seven recognized participants and their EMIS implementations. Several of the awarded participants were on hand to describe the how they use Energy Information Systems or Fault Detection and Diagnostics tools to implement monitoring-based commissioning in their buildings.  Congratulations to all the awardees:  Energy Performance Using an Energy Information System at a Single Site - Benchmark Electronics Energy Performance Using an Energy Information System for a Portfolio - Jamestown in partnership with Jamestown Urban Management Innovation Using an Energy Information System for a Portfolio - Macalester College Energy Performance Using Fault Detection and Diagnostics for a Portfolio - Kaiser Permanente Innovation Using Fault Detection and Diagnostics for a Portfolio - Amgen Best Practices Using Fault Detection and Diagnostics for a Portfolio - Hewlett Packard Enterprise in partnership with ISS Facility Services Largest Portfolio Using an Energy Management and Information System - Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Each awardee has a Success Story written and posted to the Campaign website under Recognition. If you are interested, read all 17 stories about previous winners!
Tuesday, January 15, 2019: In the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, we often hear that organizations that have implemented FDD are (at least initially) in fault overwhelm.  So we gathered some strategies to help keep your list of faults manageable and help keep your operations staff on-board with using FDD. 1) Implement FDD gradually instead of all rules at once.  We have participants that only implement a few rules on all AHUs, or select one AHU to work out all the kinks before expanding to the other equipment.  This also gives operators time to get used to the software, correct some faults and feel successful, and not be as overwhelmed by faults.  Some common early rules to implement: Identifying overrides Sensor issues (part of commissioning the system) Add rules for issues that are known or suspected by operations staff in order to gain experience with the FDD and understand the severity of the fault Add rules for what are typically the largest energy savers: air-side economizers, valve leak-by, simultaneous heating and cooling, and supply air temperature or static pressure reset schedules.   2) Prioritize faults by energy cost waste, severity as a maintenance issue, and severity as a comfort issue.  Some FDD tools estimate energy savings by fault automatically or have ways to  program system parameters so the simple engineering calcs they use are in the ballpark.  For maintenance and comfort categories, FDD tools may assign severity rankings (1-10, for instance). 3) Increase the threshold for triggering a fault then adjust it accordingly after you address the largest issues.  For the parameters you are basing the fault condition on, you can set the thresholds wide to start with, then once you've found the largest problems, narrow the thresholds to find additional issues.  For example, the threshold could require the fault condition to be in place for at least an hour.  Or the threshold could allow for +/- 3 degrees before a supply air temperature reset... Read more
Monday, October 29, 2018: One of the most rewarding parts of working with the participants in the Campaign is bringing them to center stage to be recognized for their work implementing Fault Detection and Diagnostics and Energy Information Systems. The Campaign participants are a diverse group, with wide experience: some are at the starting gate for FDD and EIS, some have several years under their belt. Since we know that it can take time to get a project up and running so that good data is flowing, we ask those participants who have recently completed their implementation to apply for a New Installation award. A very strong cohort applied in the fall of 2018. Presented recently at the Building Commissioning Association Conference in Nashville, here are the awardees: New Installation of EIS in a Single Site - Clise Properties, Seattle, WA Even with an ENERGY STAR benchmark score of 90, they found opportunities for improvement - peak demand and total energy usage are now being closely tracked and analyzed New Installation of EIS in a Portfolio - Stanford University Residence and Dining Enterprises. Stanford, CA Several years ago, Stanford University’s Residential and Dining Enterprises could not track utility consumption in a meaningful way. This changed when they added an energy information system (EIS) to track utilities and locate savings opportunities, an effort that has resulted in $450,000 savings across their portfolio.    New Installation of FDD in a Single Site - Kerry, Inc., Beloit, WI Kerry, Inc. has spearheaded implementation of FDD software at their 320,000 sq ft building. They’ve used the building analytics to show savings in almost real time instead of waiting for every energy bill In the fall we have recognized two more Monitoring Based Commissioning providers who have been supporting Campaign participants: Sieben Energy Associates – for work with The Franklin and Michigan Plaza. Sieben implemented EMIS at two large properties totaling 4.5M... Read more
Thursday, May 17, 2018: Major energy savings. Improved maintenance. Solid data management. The organizations recognized for the 2nd Annual Spring Awards by the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign have seen these benefits and more from their installation of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS). The Campaign is pleased to recognize five participants for their exemplary implementation of EMIS at their facilities. The following organizations were recognized at a special awards webinar in which they shared some tips for success. Each organization has also been featured in a Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Success Story. Best Practices in the Use of Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) University of Iowa - Katie Rossmann, Data Analytics and Cx Manager 13%-24% energy savings at buildings with the most focused use of FDD Energy Performance in a Portfolio U.S. General Services Administration - Chip Pierpont, GSA Facility Technologies 14% energy reduction since EMIS installed in 57 buildings Energy Performance in a Single Site The Franklin - Jerry Burin, Sieben Energy Associates accepting on behalf of The Franklin 9% whole building energy savings Largest Portfolio Using EMIS District of Columbia, Department of General Services - Zach Dobelbower, Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy 17% whole building savings for 25 buildings in the portfolio Innovation in the Use of EMIS California State University, Dominguez Hills - Kenny Seeton, Energy Manager FDD supports demonstrations of advanced technologies through easy access to data and ability to verify savings. For more details on how these organizations have achieved successful implementation of analytics: Success Stories Smart Energy Analytics Spring 2018 Recognition (slides and recording)