Research viewpoints by IRC: a system for improving building operations

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Journal titleCABA Home & Building Automation Quarterly
Pages2122; # of pages: 2
AbstractThe authors start with the premise that buildings do not perform as well in practice as anticipated at the design stage. Among the reasons for this are· improper equipment selection and installation,· lack of rigorous commissioning and proper maintenance, and· poor feedback on operational performance, including energy performance.And few tools are available to the on-site engineer to address these problems, the source of excess energy use and higher operations and maintenance costs. A related problem is that existing Energy Management and Control Systems (EMCSs) used to monitor building performance are becoming more and more complex and therefore difficult for some operators to understand. Besides, EMCSs have not only limited data collection, archival and visualization capabilities but also few techniques to extract relevant information from data. For that matter, most EMCSs do not include energy monitoring in their scope at all; thus, operators have neither feedback on the performance of key energy-consuming equipment nor diagnostic tools. That leaves them typically only with monthly utility bills to track how much energy is used. Obviously some automated diagnostics capability is needed to inform an operator when a problem or deviation from normal operation has occurred.
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