Building Energy Information Systems: User Case Studies

Building Energy Information Systems: User Case Studies

TitleBuilding Energy Information Systems: User Case Studies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsJessica Granderson, Mary Ann Piette, Girish Ghatikar
JournalEnergy Efficiency
Date Published02/2011
Keywordsanomaly detection, baselining, benchmarking, diagnostics, energy analysis, energy efficiency, energy information system, enterprise energy management, performance monitoring, web-based energy management and control system

Measured energy performance data are essential to national efforts to improve building efficiency, as evidenced in recent benchmarking mandates, and in a growing body of work that indicates the value of permanent monitoring and energy information feedback. This paper presents case studies of energy information systems (EIS) at four enterprises and university campuses, focusing on the attained energy savings, and successes and challenges in technology use and integration. EIS are broadly defined as performance monitoring software, data acquisition hardware, and communication systems to store, analyze, and display building energy information. Case investigations showed that the most common energy savings and instances of waste concerned scheduling errors, measurement and verification, and inefficient operations. Data quality is critical to effective EIS use, and is most challenging at the subsystem or component level, and with non-electric energy sources. Sophisticated prediction algorithms may not be well understood but can be applied quite effectively, and sites with custom benchmark models or metrics are more likely to perform analyses external to the EIS. Finally, resources and staffing were identified as a universal challenge, indicating a need to identify additional models of EIS use that extend beyond exclusive in-house use, to analysis services.


Submitted - Feb. 20, 2010, Revised - Mar. 22, 2010, Accepted - May 15, 2010, Published online - June 16, 2010

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