CABA Information Series
IS-2005-06: Intelligent Building Operating Technologies
The prevalent practice in the building industry is to spend the minimum on operation and maintenance. The result of this approach is that most buildings have problems that are unknown to the operator and there is no easy way to identify them. This leads to the vicious cycle where building operators are not aware of problems that waste energy, consequently nothing is done to correct them. This paper, developed by CANMET Energy Technology Centre - Varennes, Quebec, a department of Natural Resources Canada, proposes an efficient solution to break this vicious cycle: the use of Intelligent Building Operating Technologies to continuously diagnose equipment problems, provide performance reports and allow the operator to optimize the operation of the building.