ON ENERGY DASHBOARDS
Explore these links for in-depth information on EMIS.
The Building Performance Tracking Handbook (pdf) from the
California Energy Commission and
California Commissioning Collaborative.
EMIS Specification and Procurement Support Materials (docx)
from the Better Buildings Alliance
EMIS Team, including templates
for RFP and technology specifica-tion.https:// gaia.lbl.gov/people/
Regional Guide to EMIS Incentives
(pdf) from the Better Buildings
Alliance EMIS Team
“What is it you want the system to do?” asks Lydon.
“What do you want to measure? What are the impor-
tant attributes of your environment? What is important
about your business, and how can you represent that on
Learn from people who have already done the front-
end work for you, he suggests. Talk to colleagues, utilize
DOE and other research resources (see box below), and
contact professional organizations for advice. “Once
you’ve narrowed it down to one or two companies, and
before you send out RFPs, talk to people who have actu-
ally used those systems,” says Lydon.
In addition to having a needs-driven specification plan,
it’s important to know who will be running the EMIS.
“It might be a building operator, a facility manager, or a
building or campus energy manager,” says Granderson.
Another possibility is analysis from a service business, in
which the vendor of the tool is the user and periodically
reports back to the client, or the vendor can give the client direct access to the information. “It all comes down
to who needs to see the data, and what are the most powerful analyses they can conduct on that data to meet their
goals and purposes,” says Granderson.
What Is the Long-Term Return?
To understand the long-term value in continuous monitoring and analysis, you have to think
beyond traditional building technologies and
“It’s not about saving energy in the way that,
for example, a new LED lighting system would,”
says Granderson. Whereas efficient end-use technologies save energy just by being installed, information technologies require a user to take action.
“Without these information and feedback
technologies, there can be a backslide in performance. Efficiency improvements can be made,
but over time, energy use often creeps back up,”
Granderson stresses. “There’s no practical way
to achieve continuous efficient operations without the use of these technologies. I think we
will see a lot of change in the next 5 to 10 years
based on these tools and the growing ability to
leverage them.” B
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• Am I improving over time?
• Am I using what I expected?
• How do I compare to my peers?
• Are systems behaving as they
• Where are the problems?
• How efficient are my systems?
THE TWO SIDES OF BUILDING PERFORMANCE TRACKING
SYSTEM TRACKING ENERGY TRACKING
SOURCE: THE BUILDING PERFORMANCE TRACKING HANDBOOK
BUILDINGS THAT ACHIEVE THE OPTIMAL BALANCE of occupant comfort and
energy consumption address two main elements: energy tracking for the whole
building as well as any submeters and system tracking for HVAC and lighting
systems. Each side answers different questions about building operation.