A preliminary evaluation of the energy saving potential of automated near-real-time feedback for operators of commercial office buildings

Craig Roussac, Richard De Dear

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Abstract

This paper presents preliminary findings from a program adopted in a portfolio of Australian commercial office buildings that used an 'action-reflection' approach to foster collaboration around energy performance 'feedback'. An automated diagnostic and visualisation system was developed to present simple, timely and actionable information to building operators and their managers. Automated short messages were emailed each morning describing (and illustrating) each building's energy use for the previous day relative to peer buildings and the model's prediction. Variations between actual and predicted impacts (in particular, energy use) pointed to learning opportunities and helped building managers identify and replicate 'better than expected' energy performance and more quickly and efficiently respond to 'worse than expected' performance. Small teams comprising managers of buildings from the same neighbourhood and other participants, including the researchers, were assembled on a fortnightly (and ad hoc) basis to evaluate results and share insights, thus contributing to the significant energy savings observed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Pages2423-2428
Number of pages6
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: 8 Jul 201212 Jul 2012

Other

Other10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period8/07/1212/07/12

Keywords

  • Commercial buildings
  • Easy efficiency
  • Energy performance
  • Human performance
  • HVAC and mechanical systems

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