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Using Gbots to detect defects

Successfully detecting excess energy conditions in buildings and delivering buildings that become and stay more energy efficient.

Abstract

We have known for many years that buildings don't run very energy efficiently and that we can save around 10 to 30% of energy just by getting the existing plant and systems to work as well as they should. However translating this general understanding into specific problem and fault diagnosis, so the problems get isolated and fixed, has largely proven to be beyond our normal capability.

What is required is a set of simple to use diagnostic techniques to automatically detect the causes of the inefficient operation so they can be fixed and to kept track of if and when they recur.

This article describes using a number of techniques; Elemental Analysis, Rules Engines and particularly Gbots, a revolutionary Remote Service Delivery Technology that Pacific Controls deploy from their Cloud Based Galaxy Service Delivery Platform, to successfully detect excess energy conditions in buildings and deliver buildings that become and stay more energy efficient.

Introduction

It has been well known for many years that buildings generally don’t operate very energy efficiently. Various studies, including from DoE and others, have consistently reported that inefficiencies in the operation of Building Services result in excess energy consumption of 10 to 30% typically with an average in the 15 to 20% range. That means that just by getting what’s already in the building to work as intended we can make that significant level of energy savings.

These excess energy conditions arise from a variety of causes – poor design, installation and commissioning of systems often mean that the buildings started off badly. Poor maintenance and