Taking Control of Analytics

We know that analytics is the discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data. It is a structured approach to data collection, cleansing, statistical analysis, presentation, and conclusions.

When it comes to building analytics, we have to look at three key components: the overall number of buildings, the scope of the equipment being used, and the data analysis. For example, let’s look at the frequency of data collection. The frequency must be sufficient to furnish useful interpretation based on the probable degree of change in the time span and the use of the data.

Keep It Simple and Useful

With push-based notifications, you need to be as specific as possible. For example, if the immediate problem is you suspect the valve damper in zone 3 is affecting tenant comfort, your future problem might be, based on your observations, that pump #3 has less than 1,000 operating hours before it needs to be replaced.

Remember, all of these things provide an opportunity to save energy – and money – for the building owners.

In 2015, a sample of 16 central chilled water plants (chillers, fans, pumps) for all equipment in the second full year after commissioning saw an estimated 27 percent energy waste overall. It’s always important to know that there is a way to save energy and money – you just need to find the right people and the right building automation to do it.