Many existing buildings are not performing as well as they could perform, resulting in wasted energy and climate control problems. Building commissioning is a process that is intended to ensure that building systems function efficiently and satisfy the operational needs for the building.
There are several types of building commissioning:
Cimetrics' specialty is ongoing commissioning of large commercial, institutional and industrial facilities. Over time, the performance of HVAC systems and equipment degrades for a number of reasons. An ongoing building commissioning process enables facility engineering and maintenance staff to detect and diagnose problems as they arise, and to maximize the performance of existing equipment and systems as buildings evolve.
Infometrics is the industry-leading analytical service for remote monitoring and ongoing commissioning of building HVAC systems. An Infometrics program provides powerful algorithm-based analysis of data that is continuously collected. Valuable periodic reports containing actionable recommendations enable building owners to improve energy efficiency and comfort, lower maintenance costs, and effectively manage outside contractors.
The Infometrics system links into a facility’s mechanical equipment (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, etc.) through the building’s automation system and utility meters, acquiring an ongoing flow of operational data. In the past, this raw data has been discarded by facility departments due to its volume and complexity.
Now, however, we collect this data facility-wide from multiple disparate systems through the BACnet protocol, and transmit it securely via the Internet to our analysts. This scalable data processing technology is capable of collecting and analyzing information from thousands of buildings worldwide over long periods of time.
After connecting to a building automation system, data relevant to the analysis are transmitted over a secure Internet connection to the Infometrics data center. Our energy, electrical and mechanical engineers use our proven algorithms and software to analyze building efficiency.
Our analysis algorithms apply static data (equipment specs, system topography) and weather information to the operational data collected on each piece of HVAC equipment as well as the entire building’s mechanical system. Infometrics algorithms have been designed based on standard industry techniques and academic research.
Our team has 100+ years of experience in energy engineering, controls, communications, and software development.
Infometrics provides an independent measurement of your systems’ efficiencies. The depth of our expertise enables us to mine value from data for building owners. Our analytical approach, examining both static and dynamic data, focuses exclusively on adding value to our customers’ portfolios.
Periodically, our analysts create a report on facility performance based on data which have been collected and processed by the Infometrics system. This report includes management information on energy consumption and mechanical system performance as well as specific recommendations.
Target energy consumption and operational characteristics are identified and variances from predicted results are analyzed, problems identified and appropriate measures for remediation recommended to the owner.
The results are a wealth of ongoing unbiased recommendations and management information that enables firms to reduce energy and operational costs, identify potential equipment problems in order to avoid downtime, and enjoy the benefits of a continuously commissioned facility.
Our engineers work with facility staff and owners’ contractors to deliver maximum value to the building owner.
Our prioritized recommendations uncover hidden maintenance issues, providing a road map to immediate savings. Your staff can now act effectively to create value by optimizing equipment performance, reducing costly downtime and improving comfort.
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Energy costs are one of the largest components of facilities’ variable cost structures, and are fast becoming even larger. Over 80% of buildings are never commissioned and potential energy savings never fully realized. In addition, most physical plants are managed by undertrained, overworked personnel or outsourced completely, resulting in reactive rather than proactive maintenance. Systems may be completely offline before they are serviced, creating catastrophic downtime.
Our recommendations optimize mechanical and operational efficiency, catching potential problems before they become noticeable and keeping systems running smoothly and efficiently. Connected buildings also allow owners to aggregate energy buying, analyzing need and negotiating costs based on whole- enterprise usage patterns.
Most building owners are forced to overspend on energy due to the inability of an overstretched staff to proactively maintain all building systems. It is impossible for overworked maintenance personnel to perform continual and detailed analysis of each piece of equipment, predicting failure and identifying inefficiencies throughout systems in multiple facilities.
The Infometrics solution provides building owners with data critical to effective labor and outside contractor cost management. The information and recommendations we provide enable proactive rather than reactive system maintenance, minimizing costly downtime and extending equipment life. We identify potential problems before they become apparent, recommending necessary service so that facility managers and contractors can better prioritize maintenance activities. Facility staff can act on our expert recommendations, secure in the knowledge that efficiency is being optimized. And building owners can feel confident that labor force and systems optimization will lead to long-term cost savings.
Enterprise-wide thinking has been applied to many aspects of business: supply-chain management, manufacturing, inventory control, quality control, human resources, etc. Now it’s time to apply this model to enterprise-wide facilities management. Instead of thinking of building automation as merely a series of controls, it is time to think of it as part of the overall IT infrastructure.
By networking building automation systems through the BACnet protocol, the Infometrics system allows owners to realize savings in energy, labor, and maintenance costs. Using secure Internet transmission, Infometrics can analyze the performance of multiple vendors’ equipment, anywhere in the world. Our combined 100+ years of expertise in controls engineering, communications and building analysis enable us to develop customized solutions for each facility. By having us connect and analyze your building systems, you are putting the experts in charge, liberating your staff to do what they do best by letting us do what we do better than anyone.
We can provide a complete, unbiased Infometrics solution to the building owner without the ulterior motive of product sales. Our product is our expert analysis with the sole goal of serving the building owner. Our platform is compatible with diverse building systems worldwide so that we can provide independent consulting and recommendations. Our analysts work only for building owners, mining data for value, finding success in improving their bottom line.
Regardless of whether a facility uses a single or multiple vendor’s controls, the Infometrics solution can deliver independent reports and recommendations for system optimization. Our expert analysts have a wealth of experience with virtually all commercially available mechanical equipment and control systems.
Reducing energy usage isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for the bottom line. Many facilities waste energy in ways invisible to even the most conscientious owners and managers. Infometrics analysts are able to pinpoint unnecessary energy losses so that owners can plug the holes and run at optimal efficiency. Additionally, our prioritized recommendations enable owners to implement an intelligent proactive maintenance plan, enabling facility managers to maximize the effectiveness both of their teams and of their equipment. Continuously commissioned building systems last longer and perform better, reducing lifecycle costs and protecting infrastructure investments. Occupant comfort is consistently maintained, reducing complaints and increasing productivity. Not only does an optimized building system reduce energy usage, maintenance costs, and occupant complaints, but energy efficiency reduces the production of pollutants. And that’s good not only for building owners, but for all of us.
Building owners are beginning to understand the inherent inefficiencies that exist in the operations of their real estate assets. The management and operation of most buildings, even highly sophisticated “smart” buildings, is performed by overstressed facility personnel or is outsourced completely.
While these facility managers may have the time and skills for operating basic mechanical equipment and making simple repairs, they lack the training and the time to actively diagnose the performance of a building and to understand the implications of that performance for operating costs. Repairs and maintenance operations are often performed on a reactive basis, creating downtime and the need for immediate and costly contractor service. Further, facility managers are often evaluated solely on building comfort, not on cost effectiveness, which can diminish the bottom line.
Infometrics provides a means for property owners to understand and manage building operations on a proactive basis, keeping equipment running at near optimal efficiency with needed repairs occurring before catastrophic system failure occurs. Maintenance personnel work more efficiently while our experts analyze equipment and recommend necessary repairs.