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Smarter Buildings: Using data to drive optimised building performance

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How can we exploit building data to drive improvements? How do we go beyond the current practices and drive down operational and energy costs?

Understanding how a building is performing through the continuous monitoring of its energy using equipment, is clearly an important approach to keep operational and energy costs to a minimum. But achieving this and ensuring issues are corrected in a timely manner, to maximise and maintain cost savings, is a challenge.

Building services equipment and devices, installed and commissioned to provide the desired environmental conditions within buildings, are becoming more and more intelligent. Sensor and metering devices associated with each individual plant device enable the control and monitoring of the internal building environment. The IBM plant equipment produces huge amounts of data and it is this data, combined with other external and disparate sources, that hold the future to Smarter Buildings.

Data from these devices, including meters, weather stations and security systems, is a valuable yet under-utilised resource. In larger buildings, much of this data is used to control the devices via the Building Management System (BMS) but tends not to be used for much more.

By extracting the data and applying analytical tools, such as the TRIRIGA® Energy Optimization (TEO) solution, it is possible to uncover previously hidden systemic energy waste and performance inefficiencies. This information can provide maintenance teams with knowledge to help them understand and demonstrate that equipment is performing efficiently and ensure that base-line energy use is driven down