Properties Magazine May 2017 : Page 50

Behind Building Analytics Continuous commissioning helps building owners manage assets, provide occupant comfort By Tony Marino Wadsworth Solutions H ave you heard of ‘building analytics’? If not, you will. As building mechanical systems and building controls become more complex, building analytics – and related terms like ‘continuous commissioning’ and ‘fault detection and diagnostic’ – will become more widely known and under-stood as a method by which building owners can better manage their assets, as well as provide for a comfortable, efficient environment. management system. Applied properly, building analytics should complement an existing building management/ automation system. While building automation systems provide for the integration of various mechanical components and subsystem, building analytics adds a financial level of data analysis for the various mechanical components and sub systems. Building automation systems are typically configured to react to current state conditions while building analytics looks to identify recurring performance issues. These performance issues can be the result of misaligned sequences of operation or mechanical maintenance deficiencies. Typical building automation systems provide for both local as well as remote notifications of non-conformance. We are all being asked to do more with less; to withstand reduced bud-gets and shortages of trained qualified employees, while our buildings and their associated infrastructures are only becoming more complicated. In addition, financial pressure often man-dates go/no-go decisions on building projects as well as repairs. Often, these situations dictate an acceptable return on investment. Building analytics, used as a tool to manage a building’s mechanical system, can provide a solu-tion. When configured properly, it can allow for financial justifications for both major and minor repairs to a building’s mechanical system. Building analytics is defined as a managed service providing account-able intelligence and expert guidance with clear prioritized asset optimiza-tion. It involves statistical analytics, performance trending and automated diagnostics – the results of which improve a building’s energy usage, com-fort and financial wellbeing. Building analytics goes well beyond building automation. It is often config-ured as an overlay to an existing building’s Trusted by Business Owners & Commercial Property Managers Since 1944 Complete HVAC Service Provider for Secure, Energy-Efficient Environments • 24 Hour Service • Highly Trained & Experienced Building Automation & Service Technicians • Proven Track Record with Private, Corporate & Governmental Agencies • Provide Custom Designed Building System Solutions • Trusted Long-Range Planning Resource Service Offerings from Wadsworth Solutions HVAC Service Repair/Replace System Evaluations Energy Utilization Assessments Security & Data Center Solutions Building Automation & HVAC Audits Facility Management (216)-391-7263 Properties | May 2017 or email Find out today how Wadsworth Solutions can help streamline your building operation, processes and save your business time and money. 50

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