Cimetrics Guidelines for COVID-19 Response

Updated September 2020

Workers in commercial buildings may be at risk for exposure to the virus that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is not yet fully understood, and as such, guidelines and recommendations on risk mitigation are constantly changing. Air distribution through HVAC systems may be a transmission vector of coronavirus.

Cimetrics developed this document to summarize current recommendations in the United States from ASHRAE and CDC related to air distribution systems, quantify the financial and operational impact of those recommendations, and demonstrate how building analytics can be used to facilitate decision-making and operational management. This document will be revised as recommendations are updated and new technology is developed and tested.

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Massachusetts Clean Energy Day June 30, 2020

NECEC, the Northeast Clean Energy Council, and NECEC Institute invite for a Virtual Clean Energy Day on Tuesday, June 30, bringing together clean energy business leaders with legislators and policymakers to discuss the most pressing energy and climate policy issues facing Massachusetts.

Also, this day Green Energy Consumer’s Alliance holds a webinar to learn how to purchase clean electricity in Massachusetts and make a difference in the way we source our electricity. 

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Monitoring-Based Commissioning during COVID-19

During these unprecedented circumstances, Cimetrics’ Analytika service continues to monitor our customer sites and support any changes to facility operations. Many facilities have reduced their on-site staff and eliminated non-essential maintenance, but Cimetrics will continue to be their watchdog for critical equipment faults. Cimetrics will also continue to monitor building spaces for unusual conditions that would normally be reported by the occupants.

Cimetrics offers the following suggestions to minimize energy use during this period of reduced occupancy:

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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.

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Educational and research facility more than doubles its investment in energy management, extends equipment life with model-based analytics.

Overview
A Boston-based higher education and research school* has been on task to maximize the efficiency of its aging Building Automation System (BAS). Over the past decade, the campus has integrated new and existing BAS equipment, some of which are nearing end-of-life status but consistently operational. Equipment commissioning, campus-wide analytics, monitoring, and performance optimization are necessary to improve equipment capacity, identify anomalies and failures impacting system efficiency, and reduce energy consumption and demand.

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