Cork City, Bishopstown, Ireland, West Europe – Flat land terrain Climate zone: temperate maritime; modified by North Atlantic Current; mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; regular rains.
• Student Accommodation
• Offices & Labs
• University Building (Class Rooms, Kitchens, Canteen)
Buildings’ energy performance monitoring
There is a large set of data available across the campus, existing BMS are accessible via OPC connections making them accessible for TOPAs from the beginning. A dedicated occupancy detection infrastructure is deployed in the Nimbus building.
The Current GAP
Currently the campus does not have a model to predict energy consumption. The following table shows the current performance trend year on year in actual energy. As a public body CIT has committed to a 33% reduction in energy use from 2009 (base year) to 2020, up to 2013 this stands at a reduction of 16% from the base year. CIT have a rough estimate of the expected energy use at the campus level and various strategies for energy savings have been put in place. However without a more accurate understanding of energy prediction and performance at the level of individual building blocks. It is difficult to ascertain if the energy saving strategies are as effective as they could be (i.e. the performance gap cannot be accurately quantified).
Targeted Scenarios to Reduce the GAP
Demonstrate how the TOPAs solution can be used to easily manage three buildings with different constraints on the one campus which are currently managed independently. This scalability will be achieved by integrating cost effective monitoring to enable easy data extraction, new models and fault detection of a number of the distributed systems and the application of the distributed MPC to manage energy consumption across three buildings all with different constraints. This will result in a cost sensitive approach to bridging the gap between actual v real energy consumption and a methodology for efficient monitoring Hygiene aspects of ventilation systems.