Over the last 4+ years, we have heard a lot of HVAC data acquisition horror stories. Tales involving unyielding IT departments, seemingly habitually broken VPNs and less-than-easy-to-work-with controls vendors. Perhaps the most disquieting of all are the horror stories involving efforts to acquire data that – rather than improve the operation of HVAC systems - overwhelm the OT network and bog-down the system in data requests. As my mother-in-law is wont to say, “it can feel like no good deed goes unpunished.”
5 Smart Buildings Trends -- Opportunities for Commissioning Agents, CEMs and Sustainability Advisors
For the last decade, smart building technology has been transforming the role of building commissioning agents, Certified Energy Managers (CEMs), and sustainability advisors in the commercial real estate industry. One area that has evolved is monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) – a process that involves continuously monitoring and analyzing the performance of a building’s systems to identify opportunities for energy efficiency improvements and to optimize their operation. Adoption of MBCx has been limited because MBCx was seen as complex to implement.Many CEMs and Cx professionals concluded that, when it comes to MBCx, the juice was not worth the squeeze.
Acquiring the HVAC and operations data from a building or campus, for example, required specialized equipment and personnel trained on arcane BAS and HVAC systems. From ACE IoT’s perspective, the five smart building trends we outline below stand to change the calculus regarding MBCx and other building optimization approaches. We see a growing opportunity for CEMs, Cx professionals and sustainability advisors to help their clients improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of their buildings.
ACE IoT Solutions has released a new Python library to enable organizations to stream data into the industry-leading building analytics system, SkySpark, using conventional data pipelines. Now available in ACE IoT’s GitHub Repository, the open-source tool employs standard Python runtime—meaning it will run anywhere Python is supported—and is designed to enable organizations to efficiently stream time series data into SkySpark. ACE IoT announced the release of the library at SkyPosium 2022, the annual gathering of the SkySpark ecosystem.