Utah Clean Energy

The Impact Good Data Can Have on the Environment

With our buildings accounting for 40% of the energy used in the United States, it is no wonder so many are driven by energy efficiency and reducing the human impact on the environment.  Executives, owners, engineers, and those maintaining buildings are gathering an increasing amount of data used to measure system performance within buildings, with the goal of identifying where energy can be saved.   With so much data becoming available, it is critical for that information to be useful in energy management, fault detection and analytic software.  A critical process necessary to make this data useful is commonly referred to as site building or constructing a site.

Site building is an ETL-type (Extract Transform and Load) process specific to buildings.  It starts with identifying all the equipment in the building and what information or points of data they collect and can transmit.  The best way to identify this information is to connect the building automation system (BAS) and search its database.    Once connected, there are many tools capable of searching the BAS for data points.  Next, connect to and gather data from meters, thermostats, appliances and sensors in the building.  All of this information will be provide a complete picture of a building and fuel fault detection and diagnostic applications like SkySpark.  Building analytics software can be deployed on these applications to deliver actionable insights, to drive energy savings, building performance, equipment efficiency or any strategies associated with your goals around reducing the impact on the environment.

In order for these various applications and analytics to perform meaningful calculations and generate impactful results, the data fueling them has to be identified or “tagged” properly.  Tagging is an approach to capture semantic information that properly describes the data.  These tags typically define units, descriptions and relationships pertaining to the data.  These tags enable analytic engines to correlate and analyze the data.  SkySpark has a massive time-series data developed especially for aggregating, normalizing and analyzing this type of equipment data and serves as an ideal platform to build upon and apply sophisticated rules and to generate key performance indicators (KPI’s), as those offered in building analytics software, like BuildingFit.

As expected, data quality is necessary to generate actionable insights for achieving energy management and efficiency goals.  With so many data sets speaking their own language, normalization or standardization must be performed.  The Haystack schema aims to standardize semantic data models and simplify the interpretation of that data across multiple operational systems.  Machine learning has been used by companies like BuildingFit, to standardize diverse data across various platforms and enable system and devices to be unified for performing calculations and applying analytics.

In summary, the old adage of garbage in – garbage out still applies, especially to building maintenance and energy management.  In order to identify opportunities within a building to reduce its energy consumption, clean and accurate data must be collected and loaded into energy management and building analytics software.    This type of data will enable the precise calculations and analysis, to deliver actionable insights that will drive down energy usage in buildings and ultimately lower their impact on the environment.

Guest Presentation

Brent Grimm Presents at CxEnergy Virtual 2021

Operating with Persistence:
Monitoring-Based Commissioning and HVAC Analytics

BuildingFit is a Premier Sponsor of CxEnergy Virtual 2021. Watch ETC Group’s Energy Engineer, provide a brief overview of his presentation “Operating with Persistence: Monitoring-Based Commissioning and HVAC Analytics” on April 22, 2021.

 

Free Data Analytics Webinar | Register Here

Realcomm Webinar, “Data Analytics Case Studies” by Glen Anderson and Shawn Mathiesen

ETC Group’s Glen Anderson, PE, and Shawn Mathiesen, CEM, with Banner Health will co-present at the Realcomm webinar this Thursday, February 11th, 4-5:30 ET. The webinar is the second of the three Realcomm’s Smart Building Showcase series and is entitled “Smart Building Showcase: Data Analytics Case Studies.”

ETC Group’s Glen Anderson, PE, and Shawn Mathiesen, CEM

Abstract

Many organizations struggle with clearly defining their business objectives and goals surrounding a smart building strategy. This endeavor is also complicated by the fact that technology features of major building systems are advancing rapidly and may become functionally obsolete before the project is complete. This series showcases the most successful and notable smart building projects in the industry to provide examples of how to take full advantage of smart building technologies and the information gathered by different building systems.

Although the data collected from BAS and connected IoT devices holds a treasure trove of insight, building owners and operators often struggle to manage and derive value from the information deluge. This session showcases industry leaders who successfully use data to increase building efficiency and occupant well-being.

Register For the Webinar

 

 

 

BuildingFit | Salt Lake City, Utah

Greg Schlegel, Newly Announced BuildingFit President

Greg Schlegel, President, BuildingFit

Greg Schlegel BuildingFit PresidentGreg is defining the strategic direction of BuildingFit and leading the Company down a path of execution, while building a culture of integrity, innovation and transparency. Greg’s engineering and customer centric experience in the building and energy industries drives Building Fit’s focus to help clients reduce their environmental footprint with software solutions that make buildings more efficient.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Greg attended the University of Wisconsin (UW) double majoring in mechanical engineering and music performance.  After getting his engineering degree, Greg worked in Colorado in the semiconductor manufacturing industry before returning to UW’s Solar Energy Lab for graduate work.  After spending a few years with a MEP design firm as a Sustainability Engineer, Greg moved to Utah to start a new position with ETC Group.  At ETC Group, he gained a high level of expertise in the energy industry, from performing ASHRAE energy audits and energy modeling, to commissioning of new and existing buildings.   In 2009, Greg became a Principal of ETC Group leading ETC’s new construction services.  In 2014, he began a began a new role as Vice President of Business Development.  Over that six year span from 2014 to 2020, ETC saw steady growth with revenues increasing by 250%.

Greg lives in the mountains in Utah with his wife, three kids, two unruly dogs, and a bunny.  In addition to spending time with his family he loves mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and roasting coffee – obsessively in pursuit of perfect cup.

News: BuildingFit Connectivity

Connectivity; The Critical Link to Actionable Analytics.

Have you ever been in a conversation where people are using the terms “data analysis” and “data analytics” interchangeably? Do you then wonder if they are really talking about the same thing? And does it really matter?

To give some context, while people tend to use these terms interchangeable, there is a difference between the two.  Data analysis refers to the process of examining in close detail the components of a given data set. Data analytics is a broader term referring to a discipline that encompasses the complete management of data – including collecting, cleaning, organizing, storing, governing, and analyzing data.  Putting it as simply as possible, data analysis is a process, whereas data analytics is an overarching discipline (which includes data analysis as a necessary subcomponent).

So now that we understand the fundamental difference between data analysis and data analytics, is the first question we should wonder during a conversation around data analysis and data analytics be “are they really talking about the same thing?”, maybe, but is it the most important question?….In my opinion, No!  The real question should be focused around if you have the data. Data analysis and data analytics differ in their approach to data, but data is a necessity for both.

I have been in countless analytic deployment project kick-off meetings where it is just assumed that there is data present and so the first step is to define the types of patterns/issues we want to look for in the data. Ideas are thrown out there, the goals of the project are established, and everyone leaves the meeting feeling great about what was accomplished and excited about the results they can expect.  The project is then handed to the technical team for review.  While the goals of the project are all well and good, the question the technical team poses is how are connecting to the data? The answer is usually the location that the data resides (i.e. in this data base or in that BAS, etc.).  That again is great information, but it doesn’t answer the question of how we are CONNECTING to the data.   Connectivity is the critical link to data collection, and data collection is the critical link both data analysis and data analytics.

Just to make sure you are following along, let’s go back to being in a conversation around data analysis and data analytics where the terms are being used interchangeably.  Should we be wondering if the terms are being used appropriately?….No, you should stop all conversations and ask “how do you plan on providing access to your data?”.  Data access is the first key element of the implementation process for any analytic deployment.  By answering the following questions, you can identify the source(s) of the data to be analyzed:  Where is the data located? How will you connect to the data? Is it live data via a connector, or batched data from csv files or connection to an existing database.  The goal is to identify the available data, where it is, how you will connect and what format it is in.

Data is a corporate asset and empowering companies to seek and make good fact-based decisions that drive better outcomes. Connecting to it; collecting it, storing it, ensuring its integrity; analyzing it, and using it to make business decisions and develop strategy.

By Kylie Devey, MBA, M.Ed, CSPO
Director of Operations, BuildingFit

 

Utah Clean Energy

BuildingFit Sponsors Virtual Fundraiser for Utah Clean Energy

BuildingFit is proud to sponsor “An Evening of Hope,” a virtual fundraiser for local nonprofit, Utah Clean Energy! This is Utah Clean Energy’s biggest and most important event of the year to ignite a new energy future and turn the tide on climate change.  Keynote speaker of the event is Damon Gameau, the star and filmmaker of “2040 – an optimists guide to saving the world.” Join us at the event and get a link to watch the inspiring documentary, “2040”! Check out the film trailer below. Hope to see you on October 28, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm!

 

BuildingFit Constructor

Introducing Constructor—BuildingFit’s Newest SkySpark Application

 

 

Point. Click. Build

BUILD your SKYSPARK PROJECT with more ACCURACY in LESS TIME

BuildingFit would like to announce our new SkySpark app, Constructor.  The Constructor application is designed to automate the project build process — driving site build times down by roughly 70% while increasing accuracy dramatically, all without the need for axon or fantom programming expertise. Click here for more information.

BuildingFit Constructor Dashboard

BuildingFit’s Response to COVID-19 – Our Commitments to Safety and to Our Customers

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Dear Valued Partners,

During these unique times, we’re reaching out to let you know what BuildingFit is doing in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The health and safety of our employees, customers and partners is our top priority. We are committed to maintaining a high level of customer service, project delivery and safety.

As we all navigate the uncertainty of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, I want to assure you that BuildingFit is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of our customers, team members and partners. We have implemented strict adherence to guidelines and recommendations from the CDC for all our locations.

Below are some of the changes we’ve implemented, with minimal disruption to the service we deliver:

  • Enabled team members to work remotely and communicate externally

  • Suspended all non-essential travel but encourage collaboration with others

  • Dedicated to maintaining the BuildingFit platform and supporting our customers and partners

  • Committed to maintaining our development project schedules

We will continue to closely monitor all news and developments regarding COVID-19, and we will adjust our operations as needed.

As you proceed into these uncharted waters please know that BuildingFit continues to support you in any way possible. Thank you.

Sincerely,

 

Greg Schlegel, BuildingFit President

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