TOPAs is developing an open, cloud based platform of analytic tools to minimise the gap between the predicted and the actual energy usage in blocks of buildings. The TOPAs target is to reduce the existing gap to 10% and approach additional energy savings in the pilot regions of up to 20%.
According to the World Energy Outlook reports, buildings are the largest energy consumers in the western world with approximately 40% of total energy consumption contributing to 30% of the total CO2 emissions. TOPAs focuses on reducing the gap from an operational perspective, hence supporting Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE). TOPAs adopts the principle of continuous performance auditing and considers not only energy use but also an understanding of how buildings are used and their climatic state (environmental & air quality), thus providing a holistic performance audit process through supporting tools and methodologies that minimise the gap between predicted and actual energy use.
The TOPAs open platform efficiently analyses large amounts of data from buildings to blocks of buildings, including existing building management and metering systems to optimise energy performance and identify areas for improvement. TOPAs links building performance (prediction) models with operational Building Management Systems (BMSs) and measuring technologies to improve both the accuracy of the prediction models and the in-use performance of the buildings.
The TOPAs framework for continuous performance auditing allows a better understanding of the actual energy performance in and across existing buildings and facilitates continuous performance improvement based on real operational use. TOPAs provides decision support tools for building and facilities managers, owners and ESCOs to more effectively manage their site, providing visibility on how energy related decisions impact cost, occupant comfort and health and general management process. TOPAs will demonstrate the benefits of continuous auditing process through the use of the TOPAs solution under real operating conditions and scenarios in private and public commercial building blocks.