SAN FRANCISCO — BuildingIQ has announced the general availability of a measurement and verification (M&V) service that allows building owner/operators to automatically measure and verify the effectiveness and impact of energy savings measures in order to qualify for utility or organizational savings incentives and mandates. Called Automated Measurement & Verification (AM&V), the new service is compliant with International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) practices and is designed to make M&V fast, reliable, and cost effective. AM&V works on top of BuildingIQ’s recently released 5i energy intelligence platform. With AM&V, organizations save time and money, and reduce complexity.

“Automating data gathering and making M&V calculations transparent can reduce project costs and improve confidence in the energy savings,” said Teddy Kisch, senior project manager at Energy Solutions. “Incorporating automated M&V protocols into a platform solution like BuildingIQ offers is a critical component of next-generation building technologies and will someday be ubiquitous for many energy consuming devices.”

Energy Solutions is a clean energy consulting firm implementing a 25-building pilot with BuildingIQ and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The pilot focuses on building customer confidence developing supply-chain infrastructure to scale intelligently-managed building energy services throughout the state.

According to Sampath Gomatam, BuildingIQ’s vice president of product, “Measurement and verification is an essential component of sustained energy efficiency and sustainability. The decision to develop AM&V as both a standalone service and as an element of our premium offerings was driven by the notion that energy efficiency is a continuous, dynamic, and complex effort — making it imperative that companies adopt platforms that learn and self-correct.”

The methodology used in AM&V is consistent and repeatable, effectively eliminating the human error inherent in standard M&V practices including data collection (independent and dependent variables), baseline creation, baseline prediction output, savings calculations (baseline vs. actual), and non-routine adjustments. AM&V baseline models are rigorously reviewed prior to use, and all results undergo periodic quality assurance.

“With all functionality built into BuildingIQ’s 5i cloud-based platform, measurement and verification is automated in an easy-to-use and transparent way,” added Gomatam. “AM&V allows stakeholders to evaluate system performance without costly and time-consuming third party analysis, and yet provides complete transparency to outside auditors by making all of the building blocks available as auditors’ needs arise.”

BuildingIQ’s 5i platform uses energy intelligence to optimize energy, improve operations, and increase tenant comfort in a wide range of buildings, said the company. Its services range from ticket management, to retro-commissioning, to closed loop control that tunes a building’s HVAC settings every four hours. The platform has five intelligent pillars: data capture and analysis, modeling, measurement and verification, control, and human expertise.

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Publication date: 11/8/2016

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