3 Globalcon 2018 Sessions Every Energy Pro Needs to See
Each year, the best and brightest minds in energy, power, and facility management strategies and technologies come together for the annual Globalcon conference, and this year is now exception. With the 2018 Globalcon conference headed to Boston, MA in a few weeks, we are extremely excited to exhibiting there. Be sure to see the latest Aeroseal technology at Globalcon booth #821. It’s digitalizing duct sealing, integrating Internet of Things (IOT), guaranteeing energy savings for commercial projects, and more. But wait, there’s more! The speaker lineup includes some of the top energy, power, and facility management professionals ready to share the most cutting-edge strategies, technologies, and more in the commercial building industry. Skimming the Globalcon conference agenda, there were three sessions that we thought every energy pro needs to see. Are you an energy professional? If so, don’t miss the following presentations at this year’s Globalcon 2018 conference. The Digitalization of Buildings through Big Data & the IoT Speaker: Steve Nguyen, VP of Product & Marketing, BuildingIQ Big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) is reshaping building energy management and allowing for the creation of a digital twin of a building. Occupancy, comfort, and thermal models contribute to the creation of this digital twin, using IoT devices and BMSs as data streams. The digital twin that is created provides valuable information into a building’s current and future performance from an energy consumption perspective. Through the addition of machine learning and cloud computing, intelligent energy management platforms can create a system whose output is insight into the predicted behavior of a building that simply cannot be obtained from merely observing models by themselves. The digital twin can be used to test how a building would respond to numerous variable changes in real-time and can help create a responsive building design. This strategy can not only be used to predict performance, but also to identify anomalies that indicate mechanical inefficiencies and energy drains. The future of building intelligence relies on the intersection of this digital twin, BMS control and human interaction – including direct hot/cold feedback from occupants and the expertise of the facility manager. This session will explore the creation of and the benefits of building digital twins and the impact they will have on the future energy management. It will outline how a digital twin be used for enhanced building performance, cost-savings and comfort, as well as leveraged to meet the changing needs of the power grid. Learn More The Power of the Internet of Things: Harnessing IoT for Energy Efficiency Speaker: Julien Stamatakis, Ph.D., CTO and Co-Founder, Senseware, Inc. The Power of the Internet of Things: Harnessing IoT for Energy Efficiency There is no shortage of hype around the Internet of Things (IoT), but is anyone actually taking advantage of it in existing facilities to optimize building performance? This session will review the opportunity IoT presents for real-time data monitoring to reduce waste, remotely control and manage equipment, and increase energy efficiency–all through a cost-effective means. The presentation will also highlight specific applications where implementing IoT with certain equipment within the building system can help both engineers and property managers collect and monitor real-time data, remotely manage equipment, and optimize building performance. It will also use specific case studies to discuss how the Internet of Things can make challenges, such as energy management across a portfolio, both easier and economical. Learn More Guaranteed Energy Savings- through Better SOO and Automation Bill Gnerre CEO & Co-Founder Interval Data Systems, Inc. For new construction, the HVAC system is commissioned at every step, pre-design to post-occupancy. The process for functional testing equipment is well established. While this is important, even with a great mechanical design, a building will not operate well without proper automation—the software layer that actually implements the sequences of operation. HVAC systems are no longer hardware systems with software controllers. A modern HVAC system is a software application that controls hardware components (equipment). The software components get very minimal attention during most construction projects, from the engineering specification to the controls submittals to the actual code installed, and the results are predictably under-performing buildings. Analysis efforts on existing buildings suffer the same fate. This presentation will use case study examples to show the flaws and impact of insufficient automation (software) implementations, including college/university buildings, a convention center, and a $500 million state-of-the-art medical research facility. We’ll show how engineering specifications and sequences need improvement to ensure the instructions to the controls contractor are complete and non-ambiguous, and how controls submittals need upgrading to ensure the specified control is delivered in a robust, maintainable fashion. We’ll also look the challenges of rewriting the BAS’s software layer in existing buildings. The presentation will reference ASHRAE Guideline 36P as a roadmap for how software should function to deliver consistent high-performance buildings. In conclusion, there are many lessons to be learned from the software industry about how to build resilient, intelligent software applications, as that is what’s required in complex buildings today. The industry needs to enhance its capabilities in this area and develop the skill sets necessary to treat the software side HVAC system with the same seriousness as hardware is treated today. Learn More For more information about Globalcon 2018 and the conference sessions, visit www.globalconevent.com/attend/conference-program.