A New Deal for Buildings A White Paper from CABA

Redefining how we build, manage and maintain facilities in the 21st century

The past decades have brought about dramatic developments in technology, business practices, and approaches. Today, the building automation industry is grappling with the impending disruption brought about by information technology, specifically the “digitalization of everything” under the moniker of the Internet of Things.

In mid-2017, Cimetrics saw the need to start a new discussion on how the industryNewDeal should best adapt itself in the age of data. We started an online blog A New Deal for Buildings. The blog became the inspiration for a white paper to be created under the auspices and guidance of CABA (the Continental Automated Building Association), the industry body that lies at the center of industry discussion, education, and advancement.

The authors of the CABA white paper are made up of key thought leaders and CABA members. Their objective was that the paper lays out the background, issues, tenets, driving forces and specific actions for the industry to take. The authors know that they are not omniscient and seek input from all in the industry to further the mission of the New Deal.

The white paper was released at the recent AHR Expo in Chicago. The paper received strong positive reviews by the industry, with many indicating that it will form a roadmap in how they propose intelligent building solutions, leveraging the immense power of analytics to create value from service transparency.

Presentation NewDeal blog

From left: Anto Budiardjo (New Deal blog), John Petze (SkyFoundry),
Jim Lee (Cimetrics), and Ron Zimmer (CABA).

The 12 Things You Need to Know about Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx)

Jim Lee and Jim Butler from Cimetrics along with Craig Engelbrecht of Siemens and Jim Sinopoli of Smart Buildings published an article “The 12 Things You Need to Know about Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx)”. In this article they discuss in depth the outlined 12 things:

1. It goes beyond energy savings.

2. It’s a team effort.

3. Process, process, process.

4. Implementation requires full buy-in.

5. It’s more than just a rule developed in a lab.

6. You might not have all the data you want and need.

7. When it comes to data, it’s all hands on deck.

8. MBCx doesn’t work on its own.

9. The software doesn’t “drop in” and get to work.

10. Don’t turn it on all at once.

11. If you’re not committed to fixing issues, don’t waste your money on MBCx.

12. Optimization strategies go hand-in-hand with analytics.

Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturer saves $152,173 in annual energy costs in a single R&D building while improving comfort, sustainability, reliability and compliance.

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The Challenge

GPM had a global objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by 20% from 2012 levels, by 2020.

To this end, GPM was interested in implementing energy conservation measures and technologies, which help achieve these goals while improving the overall reliability of their operations.

Results achieved

• Energy savings financial summary

• Energy savings: $152,173 (annual)

• Simple payback: 0.19 years

• Net present value: $177,856

• Other operational benefits

• Improved sustainability and environmental stewardship. Achieved 800+ tons in annual CO2 emissions reduction, which is the equivalent of taking 170 cars off the road

• Increased staff and contractor productivity. Quantification of savings for each opportunity allowed for prioritization of workload. Root cause analysis provided by Analytika allowed maintenance staff and contract automation personnel to target their efforts and work more efficiently. Productivity as measured by savings achieved per hour improved by over 30%.

• Improved central plant load capacity by more than 10%. Reduction in building side energy consumption allowed central plant capacity to be utilized elsewhere..

Cimetrics’ Solution

Cimetrics was selected to provide its Analytika Pro solution for a 100,000 square foot, laboratory and office building, which is part of a one million square foot manufacturing, R&D and office campus. Cimetrics collaborated with GPM and their building automation system providers, Johnson Controls and Schneider Electric, to connect to and collect sensor and actuator data from almost 5,000 physical points. Data was collected every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – averaging approximately 480,000 data samples per day. The following systems were monitored: 3 Air Handling Units, 2 Hot Water Pumps, 2 Chilled Water Pumps, 10 Fan Coil Units, 29 Fume Hoods, over 400 Terminal Units, and other miscellaneous equipment.

Over 1,000 Fault Detection and Diagnostic algorithms then analyzed the data to identify opportunities to reduce energy, improve environmental conditions and reduce maintenance, operations and regulatory costs. Analytika also uncovered potential equipment problems and identified opportunities for operational uptime improvements and profitable retrofit projects.

Experienced Cimetrics engineers leveraged Analytika software to identify opportunities, determine root cause, and calculate annual savings impact for each identified opportunity. Actionable recommendations were documented and provided to the client both online through the Analytika web based portal and offline through periodic reports. Cimetrics’ role didn’t end at recommendations. Cimetrics engineers met with the client team on a regular basis to help answer technical questions, coordinate implementation, and provide regular feedback on progress.

Ivy League University saves $315,000 in annual energy costs while improving comfort, sustainability, and being an environmental steward to the community.

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This University (we will refer to it as “ILU”) is composed of more than 150 buildings. The campus includes classrooms, dormitories, laboratories, libraries, museums, arenas, and administrative offices. More than 7,000 students are currently enrolled.

The Challenge

ILU’s environmental sustainability goals include a holistic approach for research, education, and financial considerations while minimizing environmental impacts.

To this end, ILU was interested in implementing energy conservation measures and technologies, which help achieve the sustainability goals while taking into account ILU’s specific needs.

Results Achieved

• Financial summary

• Total energy savings: $315,000 (annual)

• Simple payback: 0.23 years

• Net present value: $655,546

• Other operational benefits

• Improved sustainability and environmental stewardship. Achieved 820+ tons in annual CO2 emissions reduction, which is the equivalent of taking 173 cars off the road.

• Social responsibility in the community from continuously verifiable greenhouse gas reduction reporting.

• Worked hand in hand with energy audits performed across these buildings to provide optimum energy efficiency strategies.

• Predictive maintenance: This plan included the inspection and reprogramming of equipment prior to failure, including 7 energy recovery coils in air handling units in the buildings.

• Improved central plant load capacity by more than 5%. Reduction in building side energy consumption allowed central plant capacity to be utilized elsewhere on campus.

• Vendor management: Verified optimum sequence of operations programmed into the building automation system (BAS) by outsourced facilities management vendor and maintained 24/7 operations.

Cimetrics’ Solution

Cimetrics was selected to provide its Analytika Pro solution for 3 buildings comprising over 400,000 square feet: 2 laboratory buildings and a campus center. Cimetrics collaborated with ILU and Siemens, their building automation system provider, to connect to and collect sensor and actuator data from over 5,200 physical points. Data was collected every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for a total of approximately 500,000 data samples per day. The following systems were monitored: Air Handling Units, Hot Water Pumps, Chilled Water Pumps, Fan Coil Units, Fume Hoods, Terminal Units, Energy Recovery Circuits, and other miscellaneous equipment.

Over 1,000 Analytika software algorithms then analyzed the data to identify opportunities to reduce energy, improve environmental conditions and reduce operations and maintenance costs. Analytika also uncovered potential equipment problems, quantified improved occupant comfort, increased operational uptime, and provided opportunities for profitable retrofit projects.

Experienced Cimetrics engineers leveraged Analytika software to identify opportunities, determine root cause, and calculate annual savings impact. Actionable recommendations were documented and provided to the client both through online and offline channels. Cimetrics’ role did not end at recommendations. Cimetrics engineers engaged with the client team on a regular basis to help answer questions, coordinate implementation, and provide regular feedback on progress.

U.S. Department of Energy Promotes the Use of Building Analytics

U.S. DOE has launched a new Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to promote the use of energy-saving building analytics platforms, also known as energy management information systems, in commercial buildings. DOE says that these platforms can achieve 10-20 percent energy savings in commercial buildings. The campaign is also intended to help building operators use analytics in order to achieve better building performance. Organizations that have already committed to participating in the campaign include Macy’s, UCSF, and the Rhode Island Office of Energy.

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is part of the US DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative.

Jim Butler