Building performance drift is a common challenge facing facility management, where finely tuned and commissioned building HVAC systems lose performance over time. The negative impacts of performance drift lead to wasted energy and millions of dollars in annual energy costs. For one building, the costs can be high, while for enterprises managing multiple buildings, the costs can be devastating.
Evolving analytic technologies now allow an organization to centralize large amounts of building data and develop enterprise-wide strategies to manage key performance indicators (KPIs), including comfort, cost, and compliance, as well as fending off performance drift. Successful Energy Management and Monitoring-based Commissioning (MBCx) tools such as BuildingFit™, SkySpark® and ClimaCheck® and are examples of these technologies.
To be successful with MBCx, the technological tools are only part of the story. It is also critical to consider how to structure the facilities management teams for more streamlined communications and a culture of curiosity and teamwork. Without the right organization and support of the boots on the ground, the analytics become another software to ignore.