Data and Interfaces for Advanced Building Maintenance and Operation

Analyzing and interpreting building performance data is critical to the success of better performing buildings. This ASHRAE research project helped fill a void in standards literature by establishing data-driven metrics, interfaces and dashboards, organized by building type, that clearly quantify and communicate building performance to a diverse set of building stakeholders

Project Scope 

Analyzing and interpreting building performance data is critical to the success of better performing buildings.  KGS Buildings was the principal investigator for Research Project 1633 (RP1633) investigating what data, metrics, visualizations and interfaces were useful to building operations, maintenance and management personnel. During the first part of the project, we interviewed 91 people across 18 organizations ranging from technicians, to engineers, to facility managers and executives to better understand the information and visualizations useful for them to do their jobs.  In addition, we reviewed over 70 existing building automation, energy management, and building operations software applications to assess available technologies for building operations data and metrics interfaces.  The resulting assessment, and recommendations based on interviewee feedback, have been compiled into the final ASHRAE RP1633 report and an ASHRAE transactions technical paper available through ASHRAE publications.

Industry Consortium Participants

Co-sponsors: Schneider Electric Corporation

Institutional Owners: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, City University of New York, University of Missouri, Indian Hills Ramapo Valley School District

Architects and Engineers: Sasaki Associates Inc, John Shine Engineering

Contractors and System Integrators: Schneider Electric Corporation, Evco Mechanical Corporation

Commercial Owners and Operators: Urban American Corporation, Tishman-Speyer, Vornado Realty Trust, Barclays, Hines, MITIMCo, Boston Properties, SL Green, TD Bank, Wells Fargo

Developers: Focus Realty Group

Non-profit Organizations: Emerald Cities Collabrative, International Institue for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL)

Utility Companies: National Grid