Case Study – Educational and research facility more than doubles its investment in energy management.


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. Continue reading “Case Study – Educational and research facility more than doubles its investment in energy management.”

Building analytics then and now.

I recently purchased a virtual reality (VR) headset and used it to visit places around the world in Google Earth. I flew over petabytes of data towards South America and began searching for Huanchay, a small district 8,500 feet high in the mountains of Huaraz, Peru. The remote village has just one main road and is not an impressive showcase of VR technology. I knew there would be no street views or panoramic photos of Huanchay. I was looking for a grainy satellite image of a 600 square foot adobe house that I helped design and build 8 years ago while getting my master’s degree in solar energy engineering at UMass Lowell.

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Jefferson’s Building Commissioning Project with Cimetrics Analytika

The new issue of Currents – the energy conservation newsletter for Jefferson Health, outlines the Building Continuous Commissioning Project that began in 2013. Jefferson selected a team of recognized experts in continuous commissioning for the project including Cimetrics Analytika.

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Coil “Crime Scene” Investigation

Operational forensics is the practice of using building automation system data and data analytics to determine the sequence of events leading up to an incident and to determine root cause.

The Executive Overview

Imagine walking into your facility on a Monday morning to find water covering the floor.  Water damage is everywhere – mechanical rooms, laboratories and office spaces.  The laboratory experiments and the complex machinery used to run the experiments are damaged.  The office computers, paperwork, chairs and carpets are wet.  As an owner, operator, user or facility manager this is your nightmare scenario.  The costs and the liabilities from such an incident can be substantial.  But who is to blame for such a crisis?  Was anyone at fault or was it simply an unfortunate equipment failure? Your first words would likely be “Get me the Facilities Manager!”

Now imagine that all of the facilities management functions are actually performed by a contractor. Does your interpretation of ‘liability’ change? Continue reading “Coil “Crime Scene” Investigation”

Simultaneous Heating & Cooling

The Air Handling Unit (AHU) preheat coil valve was leaking when signaled closed (0% valve signal), resulting in a preheat discharge temperature that was over 40 degrees warmer than the required temperature. As a result, the cooling coil valve opened simultaneously to maintain the final supply air temperature at its setpoint of 55°F. The simultaneous heating and cooling resulted in excess heating and cooling costs. Continue reading “Simultaneous Heating & Cooling”