One of the most common question that facility managers ask Energy Intelligence Center team is, “How do you measure and verify the HVAC energy savings from your OptikW software optimization?” Here is the short answer: We can reach mutually agree on benchmarks with our clients or we can engage with BuildingFit™ (https://buildingfit.com/) to provide the M&V that sets the baseline for our performance.
Recommended Sequence of Technology Integration
CP = Chiller Plant (multiple equipment types)
BMS = Building Management Systems or BAS, Building Automation Systems (multiple providers)
M&V = Measurement and Verification with Data Capture and Analytics (Building Fit)
ECM = Energy Conservation Measures – Optimizing Kilowatts with algorithmic software (OptikW)
Engaging with BuildingFit™ is a recommendation and not a requirement for our optimization. Many Building Management Systems (BMS) and Building Automation Systems (BAS) capture active energy consumption of Chiller Plants and HVAC equipment to the hour, and in some cases they archive historical consumption data for a trailing year or more. Since amps x volts x power factor = watts, we can determine the kW consumption and normalize it to weather conditions. Building Fit makes our job easier and serves as a third party to give customers confidence in the performance compensation of our work.
BuildingFit™ is a Fault Detection & Diagnostics (FDD), analytics and visualization platform that identifies opportunities, to make buildings more energy efficient, reliable, comfortable, and safe. Engineered for large quantities of data from disparate sources such as building automation systems (BAS) and smart IoT devices, BuildingFit™ insights are delivered through analytics, Key Performance Indicators (KPI), automated reports, and interactive dashboards that help users prioritize daily operations, minimize energy waste and reduce costs.
Here is the list of some of the top BMS/BAS systems that OptikW and BuildingFit™ integrate with to optimize HVAC energy consumption.