PERFORMER: report published on the solution for building and district monitoring protocol

The PERFORMER solution can be utilised in a range of buildings to help manage and optimise energy usage. However, buildings are rarely, if ever, exactly the same and hence deployment of PERFORMER will inevitably need to be tailored to meet individual building needs. The purpose of the PERFORMER Monitoring Protocol is therefore to provide supporting information to standardise the deployment.

The aim is to allow the PERFORMER solution to be applied to a variety of buildings in a consistent way, to obtain relevant, quality data while being adaptable to specific building traits and needs. It will serve as an overview and ‘user guide’ for clients implementing PERFORMER, allowing them to understand the purpose of the equipment being utilised and enabling them to procure the necessary professionals to install and commission the system(s).

The Protocol document covers a range of procedures including methods to test and verify the intrinsic as-built performance of the building fabric via air pressure testing, heat flux measurements of thermal elements and energy signature recognition from existing energy data. It also includes information about the sensors and meters that may need to be installed to monitor mechanical systems, services and occupant comfort parameters, such as temperature and CO2 concentrations.

In addition to providing background to each type of test, meter or sensor and their purpose, their relevance to the overall PERFORMER solution is explained, the skills that will be required for the installation are detailed and specific practical considerations are set out, such as do’s and don’ts of sensor placement, measurement units that should be used, related equipment and whether building systems will need to be shut down temporarily for example.

The document offers a best practice approach to the whole deployment process, particularly relating to pre-planning and overall management of technicians or installers. It is recommended that where multiple parties will be involved in the installation process, e.g. client, installers, BMS technicians, initial planning meetings should be held to identify whether there are issues or considerations the others may not be aware of. This can avoid the need for repeat, corrective visits if all parties understand the whole intended setup. Installation teams are encouraged to take the time to become familiar with any new and existing systems and to understand the specifics of the building so as to minimise potential disruption to building users during the actual installation. Where wireless communications are proposed, signal strengths and transmission distances between receivers should be tested in advance to identify whether signal repeater units need to be sourced as part of the installation and suitable locations for these.  The Protocol also offers pointers on commissioning and validation to ensure that the data collected is accurate before it is used within the PERFORMER process for data visualisation and to provide efficiency recommendations. Full article HERE.

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STREAMER: A look at the partners within the project consortium

The STREAMER consists of 19 partners: 12 industrial partners (7 large companies + 5 SMEs + 1 non-profit private hospital), 4 research organisations, and 3 public bodies (hospital institutions). The STREAMER consortium is driven by the majority of industry partners and clients/users under the coordination of the research institutes with extensive experience and high reputation in managing large-scale EU research projects. This is the best possible composition of a research consortium than can guarantee the most effective practical impact (industry) through the most efficient collaborative effort (research).

The STREAMER consortium is multidisciplinary with partners that have solid track records in implementing a broad range of technologies and services in all fields and types of energy-effcient buildings (EeB), including sustainable healthcare buildings and districts.

The consortium parners come from 7 different European countries fully eligible for participating in the EP7: The Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden and UK. All 5 regions of Europe with their climate-related, regional and cultural characteristics are addressed.This means that the state-of-the-art knowledge across Europe is well covered, and more importantly, the project results will be relevant for generalisation and application in all Europe regions. Details are HERE.

STREAMER: Rationale and demonstrations is four hospital districts with EeB design plans

Here is some background information about the state-of-the-art that forms the starting point for the research within STREAMER, whose results will be validated in the 4 real projects involving the Implementers Communities. The outcome will be used to extend the standardisation in EeB design and operation, open BIM-GIS (IFC-CityGML), and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).

The expected impact of 50% reduction of energy consumption of healthcare districts in the next 10 years that will be measured during the project refers to the actual demonstration cases of 4 hospital districts with actual (from now until 2020) energy-efficient building (EeB) design plans:

1. The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom 

2. Stichting Rijnstate Ziekenhuis, Arnhem, the Netherlands 

3. Azienda Ospidaliero – Universitaria Careggi (AOUC), Firenze, Italy 

4. Assistance Publique-Hopitaux te Paris, (AP-HP) France

The outcomes of STREAMER will be validated through action research in the design phase of the new buildings and retrofitting projects in the 4 healthcare districts described above. The building, district and project types, sizes and scopes are representative to the EU typologies. All cases are large scale hospitals in mixed-used healthcare districts including offices and other buildings. Three cases (NL, IT, FR) involve academic hospitals where hospitals are combined with the university facilities.

[epq-quote align=”align-left”]In STREAMER design optimisation, BEM (Building Energy Model- based on semantic BIM + GIS) will be developed for each of the above mentioned hospital, including the energy calculation.[/epq-quote]

Rationale

Healthcare buildings and districts are among the top EU priorities for Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) since they play a key factor for a sustainable community, but their energy use and carbon emission are among the highest of all building types. A hospital –which is a part of a healthcare district– uses 2.5 times more energy than an office in average. There are some 15,000 hospitals in the EU responsible for at least 5% of the annual EU’s carbon emission (~ 250 million tonnes). Healthcare accounts for nearly 10% of EU’s GDP, and hospitals can take up to 60% of a country’s health expenditure (source: WHO and European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, 2012 statistics).

In order to cope with the energy, financial, political, societal and environmental crises, all healthcare districts in Europe are urgently seeking to substantially reduce their energy consumption and carbon emission by 30–50%. Therefore, they are planning new energy-efficient building projects as well as energy-efficiency retrofitting of the existing buildings. At present and in the near future, clients, architects, technical designers, contractors, and end-users really need a breakthrough in designing energy-efficiency buildings integrated in the healthcare districts.

The critical bottleneck is the inadequacy of the existing design methodologies to create holistic Energy-efficient Building (EeB) solutions for newly designed and retrofitted buildings in healthcare districts. Considering the complexity of EeB design, both holistic and systematic approaches are crucial in order to achieve the project’s goal. STREAMER will resolve this by optimising Semantics-driven Design methodologies with interoperable tools for Building and Geo Information Modelling (Semantic BIM and GIS) to validate the energy performance during the design stage. Once completed, STREAMER, will enable designers, contractors, clients and end-users to integrate EeB innovations for: 1. building envelope and space layout; 2.medical, MEP and HVAC systems; and 3. building and neighbourhood energy grids.