Closing the Performance Gap in Building Services

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Caroline Weeks, Quantum Programme Manager, BRE

Seminar on Thursday 28th November 2019, 15:00  –  15:30, Strategy, Regulation & Compliance Theatre with Caroline Weeks Quantum Programme Manager BRE and Cormac Ryan General Manager Copilot Building Commissioning Solutions

How to close the gap between predicted and actual energy performance through quality management

QUANTUM is a four year research project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Its aim is to close the gap between predicted and actual energy performance in European buildings through quality management.

Currently there is an estimated 25% gap between designed and actual energy performance and 1.5% for comfort performance in European buildings. Research indicates that poorly commissioned and operated building management systems are often responsible for this gap, generally caused by the lack of appropriate and coherent quality management systems for building performance.

On this basis, the project is focused on developing and demonstrating pragmatic services and tools with high replication potential that support quality management for building performance in the design, construction, commissioning and operation phases. The core mechanism is to ‘design for testability’ by specifying transparent performance targets with cost effective testing methodologies.

The project will apply three innovative ICT-driven tools to enable effective quality management in all relevant services within a building’s lifecycle:

  • HPS/NG9 (by Energy Team SPA, Italy) – cost-effective and easy to install in-situ energy metering devices with online data analysis
  • Performance Test Bench (by Synavision GmbH, Germany) – first tool for the specification and automated validation of BMS functions using Active Functional Specifications (AFS)
  • Comfortmeter (by FACTOR 4 BVBA, Belgium) – first completely web-based questionnaire for perceived user comfort

To support market uptake, the tools and services will be demonstrated in a representative set of typical European buildings from seven countries. The tools will also be further developed over the course of the project and BRE will be looking to develop supporting tools and processes in line with the project.

The four-year collaborative project, which debuted its first workshop earlier this year, brings together 14 partners from 12 different countries within the EU. Along with BRE in the UK, partner organisations are from Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Latvia, Italy, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands.

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