Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Encourages EMIS Technologies

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 04, 2017

The Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign encourages the use of commercially available Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) technologies and ongoing monitoring practices to help uncover energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance for the long run. With building analytics, owners can reach energy savings of as much as 10-20 percent in a single building; the adoption of EMIS best practices by the U.S. commercial sector could result in over $4B in savings.

The SEA Campaign recognized five participants at the 2017 Better Buildings Summit and at the Smart Cities-Silicon Valley Conference with awards in the following categories:

Largest Portfolio Using EMIS - MGM Resorts International

Key Takeaway: MGM Resorts decided to augment their retrocommissioning (RCx) efforts by installing fault detection and diagnostic (FDD) software, which identifies building systems with suboptimal performance.  Beyond the significant energy waste reduction, the addition of analytics has changed the organization’s energy management culture, and allows for accurate, actionable reporting at all levels of the organization.

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Building type: Hotels, convention centers, entertainment/gaming/dining spaces, theaters

Gross floor area covered by FDD: 39 million square feet

Total buildings with FDD: 9

EMIS Tool: SkySpark by SkyFoundry

EMIS service provider: Altura Associates

Energy Performance in a Portfolio - Emory University

Key Takeaway: Emory University introduced Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx) to the campus. MBCx incorporates automated analysis, enabling a deeper more comprehensive approach across all building system components. MBCx also helps avoid savings degradation over time through continuous monitoring. As a result Emory has cut energy costs by $2.6 million annually.

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Building type: Higher Education

Gross floor area: 2.7 million square feet

EMIS Tools: FDD rules programmed into BAS; recently initiated pilot with CopperTree Analytics FDD

Energy Savings: 2016 saw 24% annual energy cost reduction, compared to 2011 baseline year

Energy Performance in a Single Site - Salt Lake City

Key Takeaway: To reach net-zero performance at the city’s Public Safety Building, the Salt Lake City energy team initiated a MBCx project, which resulted in a 35 percent drop in energy use. Following the success of the Public Safety Building, Salt Lake City’s energy team plans to expand its MBCx process to more buildings across the city.

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Building type: Office and data center

Gross floor area: 175,000 square feet

Energy Star Score: 100

Rating: LEED Platinum; Carbon net-zero

EMIS Tools: SkySpark FDD software, Luminetric monthly bill tracking software

Energy Savings: 2016 saw 35% reduction in gas and electric combined, compared to a 2015 baseline

Best Practice in the Use of EMIS - Sprint in partnership with CBRE | ESI

Key Takeaway: Investing in an EMIS has paid off for Sprint, as they embedded performance tracking in everyday operation of their buildings to cut annual energy waste by over $400,000. Sprint has worked closely with its FDD service provider CBRE|ESI; the facilities team and service provider work as a team, leveraging strengths in particular technical areas.

Location: Overland Park, Kansas

Building type: Office and data center

Gross floor area: 4 million square feet

Total buildings: 20

Service provider: CBRE|ESI

EMIS Tool: SkySpark by SkyFoundry

Energy savings: 4,787,000 kWh savings in calendar year 2016, compared to a 2014 baseline (5% of campus electric use), for $431,000 in cost savings

Innovation in the Use of EMIS - University of California, Davis

Key Takeaway: In addition to energy savings through existing building commissioning and FDD, UC Davis created websites for occupants to report room temperature feedback and an energy information system (EIS) to display energy use, and built interval data-driven models for M&V.

Location: Davis, California

Building type: Classrooms, Labs, Offices, Assembly Spaces

Gross floor area with EMIS: 8 million square feet

FDD Tools: SkySpark

EIS tools (developed in-house): Campus Energy Education Dashboard (CEED), and TherMOOstat occupant feedback dashboard/app

Energy Savings: 22% and 24% (pilot buildings)

To learn more about the SEA Campaign, visit them online!