20 December 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
BSRIA has launched a new document to raise awareness and provide guidance to building owners.
The publication, Building Services Analytics - BG 75/2018 aims to help all those involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings and building services and how the correct capture and analysis of data can be used "to drive improvement in building performance".
It was written by BSRIA member and energy consultant at Layng Energy Solutions, Mitch Layng.
Building services can generate vast amounts of data. BSRIA says connected devices "are changing people's lives like never before and this change is being led by the consumer environment" and so, the "built environment is changing rapidly too and this is leading to innovative processes in building services and associated sectors".
BSRIA states that it is becoming "increasingly important for building owners, operators and service providers to start making use of big data and analytics".
BG 75/2018 highlights what is involved with "this complex and growing management process and what considerations should be given to implementing building services analytics".
One of the key drivers to implementing analytics in buildings - and particularly building services - is energy performance, says the document.
Data analytics related to energy meters has been in existence "far longer than it has for other building services" but unfortunately "metering is often incorrectly specified, designed, installed and operated, resulting in many problems in terms of data validation and accuracy".
BSRIA states that BG 75/2018 should assist in guaranteeing that the correct metering strategy is designed and implemented, resulting in better-performing buildings.
It also provides information and references on analytics for the whole building services industry - from designers, installers and building operators, to occupiers and customers. If used effectively, it could "result in financial savings from energy efficiencies and will deliver a better, safe and more productive environment for the occupant", adds BSRIA.
Layng said: "The value of big data in the built environment is only just beginning to be realised by the industry as a whole. The range of sensors that are linked to, or part of, plant and equipment is becoming greater. Wearables and mobile devices are ubiquitous and all of these devices are becoming more and more affordable.
"The usefulness of these interconnected devices can be tremendous and ranges from enhancing life safety and security to building automation control and reporting. But many building operators lack convenient ways to turn the flood of data into information they can use to prioritise and act.
"Many components of building services are now capable of communicating valuable data about their environment and operation. The Internet of Things (IoT) is drastically changing many industries, including the building services sector. Access to this data opens up new opportunities for businesses, building owners and building operators to improve the operation of their systems."