PERFORMER

The PERFORMER website is found at:
http://performerproject.eu/

PERFORMER aims to develop an innovative and comprehensive solution towards improved building energy management & guaranteed energy performance.

PERFORMER will deliver a comprehensive energy performance assessment framework, including a set of performance assessment methodologies along with a suite of adapted and integrated off-the-shelf tools (e.g. energy simulation software) that factor in a high level of sensitivity of the building to its intrinsic attributes as well as the internal and external environment.
PERFORMER will address the needs of stakeholders across the energy value chain (builders, contracting owners, occupants and ESCOs), embedded in a dedicated quality process ensuring the strict adherence to targeted actual energy performance.
As a result, PERFORMER will contribute to drastically reduce the gap between expected and actual energy performance and promote the energy performance guarantee approach.

PERFORMER results will be validated on four demonstration buildings in France, United Kingdom, Spain and Poland. These demonstrators will be used to assess energy and environmental benefits of the new methodology and also to validate the framework and technologies for the concept to be easily replicable throughout countries with different climate condition variations across Europe.

PERFORMER aims to devise a holistic (total lifecycle, multi-aspects, context-based) building energy monitoring methodology that factors in appropriate energy performance indicators, information models, and simulation tools, to achieve building energy performance targets.

The main objective of the PERFORMER project is to develop, install and finally assess energy and environmental benefits of an innovative integrated concept for the monitoring and evaluation of building energy performance, towards energy performance guarantee.

PERFORMER’s technological objectives are:

The project processes and demonstration objectives are:

The project assessment, replication and concept awareness objectives are:

To deliver knowledge transfer and embedding related activities, via the elaboration of a PERFORMER replication guide, to ensure results uptake by industry across Europe.To initiate adapted CPD (Continual Professional Development) training courses to pave the way to a new generation of energy responsible and aware skilled building professionals in the field of building energy capable of addressing / implementing EU and national energy reduction targets.To actively participate in standardisation activities at international (for example CEN TC 350, ISO TC 59 SC 17 and 14) and national levels (for instance Part L in the UK) exploiting existing EU channels.


PERFORMER project demonstrators


At all four Pilot Sites similar approaches have been adopted, utilising as much of the existing sensor and data collection systems as possible then filling the gaps with new sensors. Data transmission from sites to the PERFORMER Data Warehouse has often proven more challenging than collection of data itself. However the project has benefitted from the opportunity of trying out numerous approaches at each site.



PERFORMER DEMO N°1 : Baltic Plaza Spa Hotel, Kolobrzeg, Poland

Existing equipment that was used at the Polish Pilot site includes:

Additional equipment that was installed is as follows:

Data is now being collected on a daily basis by the existing Bascom BMS and the new Saia system then collated and sent directly to the PERFOMER Data Warehouse each day.

Baltic Plaza Hotel (Kolobrzeg, Poland): The pilot meets all building regulations regarding energy use reduction. All devices working in the hotel are armed in elements getting back energy already used. Approximately 30 % of light source holders are LEDs. Electricity uses represent 75 % of all energy use in the building. The challenge in the building is further reduction of energy uses, especially electricity.

Demonstration challenge: The main problem in the building is further reduction of energy uses, especially electricity.

The PERFORMER project offer the opportunity to test two energy management systems:

See the hotel website.

PERFORMER DEMO N°2: Hotel De Las Letras, Madrid, Spain

Hotel De Las Letras already had two systems with extensive sensor networks, their Exeon BMS for comfort control and the iGreen energy monitoring system. The sensors from these systems that are being used for the PERFORMER solution include;

Due to the already extensive existing sensor networks new equipment has been limited to:

All the new sensors are connected to the existing BMS or iGreen system and from these data is collated and transmitted to the PERFORMER data warehouse automatically each day.

Hotel de Las Letras (Madrid, Spain): The aim of the project is to improve energy management through a system which will enable to detect latent and abnormal consumption of electricity, gas and water.

Demonstration challenge: The building is located in a dense urban area: a specificity is that the building is included in the city’s heritage register and dates back to 1917. It was designed by architect Cesáreo Iradier as the home of the Count of Artaza, and was renovated for use as a hotel in 2005 by architects Virginia Figueras and Franco Corada.The PERFORMER system give the maintenance chief’s information necessary to detect latent and abnormal consumption of electricity, gas and water. Detectors and analysers are installed at critical points of consumption, especially in the outdoor Jacuzzis, and must be working to client availability. Control of the points of intensive consumption, will help the hotel to implement energy saving measures. Since the hotel is a historic building, this system was chosen because its installation must take into account a non-intrusive rehabilitation. The challenge is to achieve 20% savings by changing occupants’ behaviour.

In addition, the hotel manager has been informed about the necessary financial information related to energy consumption: it will help her to make decisions about, for example, the use of function rooms which are currently out of control.

PERFORMER DEMO N°3 : St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School, UK

As a new building the UK pilot site already had a large number of sensors connected to its Siemens BMS over a KNS network. It also had some existing equipment that was not functioning correctly and had to be replaced. Existing equipment that is being used includes:

Additional items that have been installed at the UK pilot include:

Data handing at St Teilo’s is quite complex and includes daily transmission of data from the BMS database, Advanticsys data collector, Council energy database and PERFORMER Box to the PDW.

St Teilo’s Church in Wales Secondary School (Cardiff, UK): The pilot is a new build faith secondary (11-18) school which endeavours to exceed existing sustainable design principals and has renewable supplies as part of design. As the building is new, gaps between design performance and actual performance has yet to be measured.

Demonstration challenge: Improve the potential of building to automatically manage itself with a view to:

Multiple sensors will be used to assess a wide range of parameters including: occupation of rooms, lighting, temperature, ventilation and energy generation from the solar PV and biomass boiler systems. These parameters will produce a model, which will allow assessment and control of the building’s energy performance on a continuous basis.

In March 2014 thermal envelope testing was carried out in a small section of the school while it was unoccupied for a week. The school makes an excellent test facility as almost every room has temperature sensors installed and the data is collected through the BMS. Further monitoring will be undertaken during the deployment phase of the PERFORMER hardware/software through this monitoring will be carried out in the background while the school is operational.

Actual energy data of the demonstration site can be found on Carbon Culture.

Visit the St Teilo’s school website.

PERFORMER DEMO N°4: WOOPA, Lyon, France

The French Pilot Site presents a challenge for the PERFORMER solution as it includes a number of different energy generation plant and shares a plant room with a neighbouring apartment block. The WOOPA office itself has a Trend BMS which all existing sensors are connected to. These include:

Additional equipment that has been installed at WOOPA includes:

Data transmission at WOOPA is split into 3 separate routes. Data from the Trend BMS, including new electricity sub-meters and heat meters is sent directly to the PDW. Data from the Qualisteo NIALMS is sent separately to the PDW from the NIALMS data collection system at WOOPA. Finally data from the EnOcean sensors is collected locally by the PERFORMER Box then transmitted to the PDW.

WOOPA office building (Lyon area, France): Woopa is a positive energy and zero carbon building, designed throughout 3 different pillars: 1. Use of bioclimatic technology: thermal and visual comfort, strengthened insulation, glass areas optimisation. 2. Use of efficient and high energy performance systems: active slab. 3. Use of renewable energy : local production of electricity, cogeneration, PVs. The project aim to evaluate the magnitude of electricity use in office buildings.

Demonstration challenge: Evaluate the magnitude of electricity use in office buildings.The main interest is to demonstrate PERFORMER’s capability to provide fast and accurate energy-related answers for the facility manager. In particular, the coupling between NIALMS (Non-Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring System) and the BEMS (or any other additional sensors inside the building) will be also investigated. The extension of NIALMS to other uses (such as the gas consumption) in office buildings will also be explored.
Fault Detection and Diagnosis will another key component of the analysis deployed and tested on the Woopa building.

The office building WOOPA is occupied by 4 design offices (QuadriPlus group) : COGECI, KATENE, ETAMINE, PROCOBAT and a bank. KATENE was in charge of the design office. ETAMINE was the design office in charge of the HQE certification of the building. WOOPA building main characterization:

• 500 users,
• 11 000m²,
• 7 floors,
• Year of the construction : 2011,
• WOOPA building is a BEPOS (NZEB) building,
• Centralized heating systems,
• BEMS TREND: 320 data recorded every 15 min.

The Woopa building’s users’ behaviour is key:

• As their behaviour can have a negative impact on the building’s performance, they cannot access the building’s thermal system. The lighting system is smart, self-monitored and adapt the “artificial” lighting according to the natural light.

• Return On Investment has never been the purpose as co-owners’ prerogative is to achieve and maintain a zero carbon level : occupants and owners strive to maintain the building’s good energy performance level, which means that they also have to make some “sacrifices” like maintaining the indoor temperature at 19 °C, what they find quite uncomfortable in winter.

Find more information on the WOOPA office building demonstration site here.
Find more about the WOOPA office building construction site here.

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