Sensor Suitcase for Small Commercial Building Retro-Commissioning Research Project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is currently conducting research into sensor systems for small commercial buildings. The proposed system will streamline the processes of collecting data from these buildings and processing the data to obtain highly targeted retro-commissioning (RCx) actions customized for each building.
This project seeks to develop a sensor and analysis system to support monitor-based retro-commissioning of small commercial buildings. Basing commissioning on actual measurements of conditions and system performance in these buildings is challenging because small commercial buildings generally are not equipped with building automation systems and central logging of measured data.
Research is being undertaken by DOE, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The goal of this project is to overcome the challenges in cost effectively retro-commissioning small commercial buildings. By focusing on sensing conditions that are necessary to identify RCx opportunities with large returns, monitoring-based retro-commissioning will be possible for this sector.
Benefits and Impacts
This project supports R&D activities focused on achieving 30% energy savings by enhanced management of energy consuming assets and systems through development of cost-effective sensors and controls for buildings.