Final Report Summary - PERFORMER (Portable, Exhaustive, Reliable, Flexible and Optimized appRoach to Monitoring and Evaluation of building eneRgy performance)
The aim of PERFORMER is to reduce the gap between expected and actual building energy performance through the development of innovative, scalable and replicable solutions to assess, monitor and ensure continuous (and optimal) management and guarantee of building energy performance. The translation of this global aim into a series of scientific and technical objectives has led to the development of a prototype technology platform and a suite of innovative tools and methodologies which have been deployed and tested at four pilot sites in the UK, France, Spain and Poland. Identification of energy saving opportunities at the pilot buildings offers the possibility to close the performance gap, thus reducing energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions. As Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU the deployment of PERFORMER across the EU presents significant economy of scale opportunities.
The demonstration and assessment phases have highlighted the technical challenges and opportunities for replicating a common solution across a range of different building types throughout the EU. The main results of the project that are most likely to be exploited by the project partners have been described. Many of these can be exploited in the short term, including some that will be usable at the end of the project, whilst others are more technologically challenging and will require further work to become usable and marketable. In terms of impact, it has been shown that the PERFORMER solution has the potential to assist building owners and managers to optimise their assets, while also supporting energy consultants and energy service providers (i.e. ESCOs) to deliver energy management opportunities to their clients. In addition, some results relating to the in-situ assessment of building envelope performance have been fed into on-going standardisation work.
Workshops involving external representatives from industry have been held to discuss the market potential for the PERFORMER solution. These have identified positive impacts in the PERFORMER solution’s differentiating features and confirmed areas of innovation. Outputs from workshops have been used to steer the development of the final business model and a replication strategy to roll out the solution across the EU. The business model capitalises on the technical advancements of PERFORMER compared to existing tools and will target building owners and managers as well as carefully selected professionals from the construction and services sector (e.g. ESCOs) to support and promote the implementation of PERFORMER. It has been shown that the retrofit market is likely to be the best target audience to get the most from the solution and different ‘levels’ of offering will allow the solution to be competitive amongst the range of energy management tools already on the market.
The new service concept that PERFORMER vehicles through its integration framework can act as a spring board for energy reduction and as such has a huge potential for impact in the European Construction and energy sectors.
Project Context and Objectives:
Global warming has drastically increased the pressure to reduce energy use in buildings. In the EU, energy from the built environment represents more than 40% of Europe’s energy and CO2 emissions. The European Commission has defined a clear 2020 target to reduce energy consumption and the CO2 emissions by 20%, while increasing renewable energy generation by 20%. These objectives have been translated into stringent regulations and policies at the European and National levels. For instance, the recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2010/31/EU) imposes stringent requirements in terms of energy efficiency for new and retrofitted buildings.
A significant number of buildings at a European level are directly impacted by these regulations and policy enforcements. Nevertheless, despite an increased awareness and engagement of building stakeholders, the monitoring of actual energy performance consistently reveals significant discrepancies between energy design targets and real consumption once a building is occupied. Hence, building performance optimisation remains an important challenge faced by the building energy value chain. In fact, this major barrier hinders the achievement of the aforementioned EU targets for a sustainable future.
Actual energy performance of buildings is not an issue restricted to the operational phase and has to be considered as the result of an entire process from pre-design through to de-commissioning. Energy performance targets are defined very early in a building’s life-cycle and in a large majority of cases, a significant gap between expected and actual energy performance exists. This gap, as illustrated in Figure 1 (see attachment), can be explained by a wide range of factors that seem to increase throughout the building life-cycle.
The actual energy performance of a building can be considered as the result of the interaction of three major key components (Figure 2) (see attachment) intrinsic quality of the building, operation & maintenance, and “in use” conditions and occupant’s behaviours.
1.2.2 Project objectives
PERFORMER aims to reduce the gap between expected and actual energy performance through the development of innovative, scalable and replicable solutions to assess, monitor and ensure continuous (and optimal) management and guarantee of building energy performance.
This global objective can be translated into a series of specific and operational objectives, summarised as follows:
Scientific and technological objectives
• Devise a holistic (total lifecycle, multi-aspects, context-based) building energy monitoring methodology that factors in appropriate energy performance indicators, information models and simulation tools to achieve building energy performance targets;
• Specify and assemble a configurable prototype “Energy Instrumentation Kit ” to establish energy performance accounts during operation and retrofit / post-retrofit stages;
• Specify, adapt, integrate and deliver a comprehensive framework for in-situ assessment of building intrinsic performance of the envelope;
• Specify and prototype a secure data storage and simulation facility that can be hosted either in-house (on a local server) or outsourced and ported on a cloud high-performance computing infrastructure.
• Provide robust demonstrations of (i) the "Energy instrumentation kit", (ii) the Energy Simulation Environment and (iii) the data storage and computing infrastructure in the context of the four selected demonstration projects, identifying limitations and areas of improvements for further refinement and consolidation;
• Test and validate the holistic building energy monitoring methodology in the context of each selected demonstration project, articulating common attributes as well as general and unique features with a view of ensuring scalability and EU wide application;
• Locate the proposed methodology within the procurement path and project delivery life-cycle applicable within each participating country;
• Establish a live repository of historic and real-time monitored data of the demonstration buildings accessible using a simple interface for testing and validation / assessment purposes;
Assessment, replication and concept awareness
• Deliver knowledge transfer and embed related activities, via the elaboration of a PERFORMER replication guide “Project Handbook”, to ensure uptake by industry across Europe;
• Active participation to standardisation activities at international and national levels exploiting existing EU channels.
Four demonstration buildings have been selected across Europe to deploy, demonstrate and assess the various components of the PERFORMER solution. These demonstrators have been used to assess energy and environmental benefits of the new methodology and also to validate the framework and technologies in order for the concept to be easily replicable throughout all countries taking into account climatic condition variations across Europe. The location and type of these buildings are illustrated below in Figure 3. (see attachment)
PERFORMER took place over a period of 4 years and included the following main project steps:
• Elicitation of requirements from the pilot demonstrators;
• Development of core concepts and methodologies;
• Specification and development of various ICT tools to support the PERFORMER concepts;
• Cost-efficient installation of required sensors and meters at pilot sites;
• Deployment and assessment of the PERFORMER solution.
T demonstration and assessment phases have highlighted the technical challenges of replicating a common solution across a range of different building types. Several methods for the in-situ assessment of building envelope performance (the so-called intrinsic energy performance) have been tested, with and without occupancy. The real challenge has been to find an acceptable compromise between accuracy, simplicity and costs. Results have been fed into on-going standardisation work (CEN TC 89).
Overview of the PERFORMER solution
Figure 4 below (see attachment) outlines the overall architecture of the PERFORMER solution that has been deployed to support the continuous monitoring of actual energy performance.
Part of the specification of the PERFORMER Data Warehouse (PDW) involved developing a method for assimilating data from a range of devices (BMS, sensors, meters, etc). Scripts were developed for each demonstrator to extract data from respective BMS and 3rd party data collection systems and upload it onto the PDW through RESTful Web services. It is noteworthy that this approach was also required for BMS at two of the demonstrators that utilise the BACnet communications protocol for Building Automation and Control (which although being a global standard under ISO 16484-5 is applied differently by BMS manufacturers). The scripts enabled data in a range of formats to be successfully transferred to the PERFORMER Data Warehouse (PDW) in a consistent format. This approach of hosting all monitoring data in one place in the “cloud” is a PERFORMER innovation that has the potential to find support from industry as it would provide greater opportunities for standardisation and enable third party applications to be developed to further exploit data for building energy management purposes. Furthermore, it is envisioned that a fully commercialised version of PERFORMER would incorporate a library of scripts (built up over time) to cater for the extraction of data regardless of BMS / third party data collection type.
Once available within the PDW, data relating to specific variables can be analysed using the various expert rules (anomaly, fault and gap detection modules) and viewed using the PERFORMER visualisation tool. Initially, a large proportion of variables within the PDW were found to contain anomalies which led to poor training of the prediction models. As a result, a new anomaly detection module was developed to allow early detection of data problems and decide whether or not a prediction model can be learnt, thereby freeing up computation time for the generation of reliable prediction models. Expert rules relating to fault detection (data that falls outside of an acceptable range) and gap detection (measured data that is significantly different to a predicted value) have been developed to identify variables that are candidates for further interrogation via the PERFORMER visualisation tool. This innovative approach of using expert rules analysis prior to visualisation allows identification of issues more easily than certain other non-smart platforms that are only capable of displaying unprocessed data from a range of sources. In particular the “Heat Maps” tool allows a first and quick visualisation of the probability of faults (for example, lighting being on when not needed, or sensor failure). A bright red colour indicates when a fault is detected for a particular variable, whereas normal operating conditions are represented by a green colour (Figure 5). (see attachment)
The PERFORMER analytical tools mean that it can be used to identify problems that may not otherwise be apparent, or to diagnose causes for known energy or environmental issues (e.g. high energy costs or comfort issues). Smart analytics modules can be used to identify trends, forecast future consumption and calculate KPIs for different building types. The tools are particularly tailored for use by building or facilities managers, but could also be exploited by energy consultants or ESCOs supporting clients with improvement aspirations, thanks to remote web access and the common visualisation format that negates the need for users to have to understand multiple BMS/ monitoring interfaces. This also makes it particularly suited for local authorities or other managers of multiple buildings, allowing easy comparative analysis in a unified format.
The PERFORMER project results fall into two main categories; methodologies and tools. In many cases, a tool has to be developed as part of a methodology. The whole project has generated many different results. Most of them have been described in the contractually agreed deliverables. This section gives a summary of the main results, focusing on those results that are most likely to be exploited by the project partners.
Some tools and methods can be used independently and others are only meaningful when used together with other tools or methods. The table below gives an overview of the main PERFORMER results and the PERFORMER partner(s) that has developed those results.
1.3.1 Building energy KPI library and selection methodology
A library of relevant KPIs has been created by CSTB (with support from ENGIE, SMS, BRE, ASM and DRA) in order to support the PERFORMER approach. The library is made up of a set of KPIs divided in two levels. The first are primary KPIs used to assess the energy performance of the building. The secondary KPIs are then used to explain the gap between expected and actual energy performance of the building. This library includes a detailed description of each KPI, as well as priorities, which have been defined for each KPI in order to help the PERFORMER client choose the most suitable set of KPIs according to their requirements. This approach gives a standardised and repeatable method which will help building managers to select the most appropriate KPI(s) to assess and monitor building energy performance of the buildings they manage. The KPI library produced is publicly available and ready to be disseminated to interested parties. It is applicable for any building and can be either; directly proposed and tailored to managers of (non-residential) buildings, an added-value supplement to their energy performance assessment methodology, or used by ESCOs to improve their consultancy services.
The set of primary KPIs is shown in Figure 6 on the following page (see attachment). These address the three pillars of sustainability that are: environment, social and economics.
The secondary KPIs were classified and identified thanks to the three-following group of metrics:
• KPIs for intrinsic performance of envelope,
• KPIs for global performance of systems and FDD (Fault Detection and Diagnosis),
• KPIs for building usage (including both occupancy and occupant’s behaviour).
The resulting set of secondary KPIs are shown in Figure 7, Figure 8 and Figure 9 respectively (see attachment).
1.3.2 Critical measurement identification and sensor gap analysis methodology.
BRE, with support from SMS, ECG and DRA, have developed a spreadsheet-based tool that can be used to determine the sensors and meters needed to measure the specific KPIs chosen from the KPI library by a PERFORMER client. A separate template is available to capture the existing sensors / meters within a building (see below 1.3.4). Once the ‘required’ and ‘existing’ sensor lists are available, they can be compared to identify the metering ‘gaps’ that will need to be filled with the purchase of new equipment in order to assess the chosen KPIs. This approach is linked to the PERFORMER KPIs library (see 1.3.1) and gives a standardised, repeatable method to help clients / building managers self-assess the sensor requirements and / or monitoring equipment needed to obtain key energy KPI information. The spreadsheet-based tool has been developed and is usable.
1.3.3 Cost optimised sensor selection support tool.
SMS and ECG, with contributions from other partners have developed a tool (Excel spreadsheet) which includes a database of sensor / meter solutions for parameters commonly measured in buildings for both building and energy management purposes. Sensor / meter properties can be filtered out according to client building requirements to identify feasible solutions to fill sensor / metering gaps in buildings. The tool will save time and money for customers by supporting the identification of cost-optimal solutions that would suit their needs. It will also aid sensor / meter suppliers by recommending solutions for different sets of requirements. The tool will also support sensor / meter and BEMS system designers, installers & consultants through the easier access to data for design, purchase and implementation activities. The tool includes a methodology for qualitative characterisation of sensors / meters (that has been made objective through impact factors assessment) and allows for future updates.
For illustration purposes, the sensor properties, costs assessment and impact factors are given in Figure 10 and Figure 11 on the following pages for the measurement of some primary KPIs relating to thermal comfort and indoor air quality. The impact factor threshold values proposed for indoor air temperature sensors are reported in Figure 12. (See attachment)
1.3.4 Building information collection standard for energy performance assessment.
ECG and DRA have developed a standard spreadsheet based-tool to facilitate building information collection for energy performance assessment. All the gathered information (e.g. building envelope characteristics, mechanical and electrical plant and equipment, occupancy data, minimum energy consumption data, acceptable sources of information – design models, drawings, etc.) could be incorporated into a Building Information Model. This tool/methodology will significantly reduce the resources needed to carry out initial energy performance assessments. The template developed is already usable, although it requires tailoring to any new building types which were not used in PERFORMER (adding extra fields).
1.3.5 Building energy performance visualisation tool.
ECG has developed a building performance monitoring visualisation tool that can be integrated with any pre-existing hardware (EMS, BEMS, sensors, etc.) in a building. To do this, the different tools that compose the visualisation application are populated using a standard simple data format. This data can be obtained and adapted from any other data format from most of the existing EMS or BEMS on the market. The tool extracts data from the building’s data server and structures all this information to present it to the user in an intuitive way. This simple layout allows the user to understand the energy performance of the building. In addition to charting actual energy consumption, the tool displays information about gaps between actual and expected energy consumption in a clear and comprehensible way, facilitating the identification of areas where action should be taken to improve the overall consumption of the building. The tool has been validated and is currently being used at all four PERFORMER pilot buildings. It can be used either as part of the global PERFORMER solution or as a stand-alone tool. A screenshot of the visualisation tool is shown in Figure 13 below. (see attachment)
1.3.6 Expert rules database for building energy performance and users' comfort
Existing BEMS can only control consumption and comfort conditions by changing set points of various building parameters. No BEMS is currently able to carry out intelligent analysis to explain the reason for gaps between actual and expected consumption, or the reasons for poor thermal comfort. A group of partners (ENGIE, CSTB, SMS, CU and CEA) have collaborated to address this by defining a set of expert rules based on gap identification and Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD). These rules are the result of translating human knowledge into technical knowledge expressed in the form of tables, diagrams, flow charts, mathematical formulas, or any other relationships between operational parameters that can be expressed logically. These expert rules are then converted into algorithms and coded into expert system software which actively “learn” from the building’s data and thereby identify any energy gaps that still exist.
However, even when not integrated into the expert system tool, whenever abnormal readings or performance gaps are identified by building managers, the rules can be used on their own as support information in order to determine the source of any data gaps that are visible using the Visualisation Tool (see 1.3.5). The Expert Rules database has been tested within PERFORMER together with the Expert System (see below 1.3.10). Expert rules for data gap identification have been tailored for St Teilo’s High School, UK and have been validated. FDD rules have been defined for the WOOPA offices, France and tested during the final part of the project.
1.3.7 Building data warehouse
This software platform, developed by CSTB, allows for data time series from building monitoring systems to be collected, stored and managed whilst ensuring security and privacy. Based on open source tools, it provides a set of generic web services for loading data whilst also allowing third-party applications to query and retrieve the stored data. Dictionaries and quality rules can be defined to filter, clean and check the consistency and the quality of the data series. The platform can be installed locally (at the monitored site) or as a cloud service, which could be offered to several building sites.
If used as a cloud service, the server should provide all the functions required to guarantee data security and privacy. This generic solution provides large interoperability with other ICT tools through the web service approach. It is highly flexible and allows for the customisable control of data quality. In addition to being easily extensible (since it is based on widely available open tools), it is well suited for integration as an added-value cloud service for smart buildings or smart cities where monitoring, collecting and storing data is a core requirement.
In its current form, the PERFORMER Data Warehouse (PDW) is potentially a core component of any PERFORMER-like platform providing energy management services to building owners / managers, where monitoring, collecting, storing and postprocessing data are core functionalities. Two kinds of data are managed in the PDW: structured data (for the pilot data models) and unstructured data (for the time series). Specific Open Source solutions have been chosen to manage each kind of data. For structured data, it is a standard relational database; for unstructured data, KairosDB over Cassandra has been chosen for its high performance in managing large sets of time series.
Access to the PDW is provided through a Web Service layer. An API has been provided that specifies the services available and standardises the way third-party applications can connect to the PDW. In practice, a script should be written and implemented at the level of each pilot site to gather their data and upload it on the PDW on a regular basis. The PDW offers two main types of services: services for managing the definition of variables and services for data upload and retrieval. Figure 14 (see attachment) illustrates how pilot sites (BMS, PERFORMER Box...) and external applications can interoperate with the PDW.
1.3.8 Building intrinsic performances assessment software
With the increasing uptake of energy performances contracts, there is a need for building performance assessment tools that are able to determine the causes for possible deviations from anticipated energy performance.
CEA has developed a software tool which can reliably assess the thermal performances of all / part of the thermal envelope based on measures collected in a specific part of a building over a limited period of time. The software relies on short periods of measurement (an order of magnitude of 2 weeks). It is relatively low-cost, non-intrusive and requires limited instrumentation. Reliability is ensured by the combination of a global, wide spectrum approach and of a local, more detailed method.
A research prototype has been developed and validated based on actual data from a specific space in St. Teilo’s High School, UK.
1.3.9 Energy performance monitoring algorithms
These algorithms developed by CEA are based on fine-tuned state-of the-art statistical analysis algorithms sourced from the most up to date models in the current ‘Deep Learning’ domain. They perform an analysis of time-based data series collected from the meters and sensors deployed in a building. They allow for the assessment of the building energy baseline and for the on-going assessment of energy performance (including deviations awareness). The ability of these algorithms to detect deviations in energy performance links in well with the Expert System (see 1.3.10) which can also detect variations between actual and predicted energy consumption. The algorithms chosen and validated are able to provide more accurate anticipation of future sensor behaviour than more classical statistical methods. They have been tuned and packaged into a fully integrated module communicating with both the data acquisition part of the PERFORMER solution and its data storage / analysis part. Forecast accuracies have been compared to classical statistical methods for time-series prediction and published in an academic journal . A second paper is being written in collaboration with CU to provide a performance comparison with more elaborated methods.
It should be noted that these algorithms need to be trained using historical data and that the performance of the prediction highly depends on the quality of the training data sets. So, in order to improve the quality of the prediction models, a software module dedicated to the detection of anomalies in the history baseline was also developed.
Figure 15 below (see attachment) illustrates the use of prediction models. In this example, the predicted values (green points) for the energy consumption in one of the PERFORMER pilot sites are compared with the actual measured values (blue points). Large gaps between predicted and actual values are highlighted with red lines. It can be seen that the global dynamics are well anticipated by the models even if hourly peaks are not clearly covered. The identified gaps may come from real problems on site, but this can also indicate that the history for this variable was not clean enough or not representative enough to allow the models to extract the variable’s dynamics.
1.3.10 Expert system for building energy performance and fault detection and diagnosis
CU has worked on the development of an expert software system to automatically detect faults and diagnose any performance gap, providing recommendations to reduce the performance gap by taking into account the actual and predicted energy consumption. The system relies on expert rules (see above 1.3.6) to explain the reasons behind a gap or fault. The module will help the building owners / managers to understand behaviour of the building and to make more informed decisions. The module has been tested using actual and predicted (from smart analytics module) values. Once the module has been run for some time on the pilot buildings, it can be updated by new rules based on the feedback from the building owner / manager.
Figure 16 (see attachment) shows the functional architecture of the expert system module.
1.3.11 PERFORMER Box
The PERFORMER Box is an enhanced version of the CSTBox (CSTB Sensing and Tele-monitoring Box), a software toolkit developed by CSTB for creating embedded applications for smart buildings. The CSTBox core system and additional components are open source. In the framework of the PERFORMER project, this toolkit has been extended by including additional communication protocols, connection with the PDW (see 1.3.7) and specific local data processing (computation of indicators related to building usage). The main role of the PERFORMER Box, as part of the PERFORMER solution, is for it to be used as a gateway between the sensors network of a pilot building and the PDW, especially for those sensors that are not connected to the existing BEMS. It also provides local processing of the raw data collected from the sensors, before sending them to the PDW e.g. basic filtering and checking, advanced consolidation computation improves transfer speeds, while aiming at producing high level indicators, etc.
The PERFORMER Box is easy to deploy and can be tuned or extended to cover specific needs. Integration of new protocols (it can deal with different communication protocols) and supplying of edge analytics (data aggregation, incident detection, occupant awareness, etc.) are the two main capabilities that differentiate the PERFORMER Box from other products available on the market. The PERFORMER Box has been deployed and assessed in two pilot sites: St Teilo’s High School (UK) and WOOPA (France). In both cases, data is collected from sensors that characterise building usage related to windows, electric blinds, artificial lights, or mobile devices. During that time, a set of indicators was computed locally and then uploaded to the PDW. This solution is well adapted to collect and process data at buildings not yet equipped with BEMS (e.g. residential buildings), or to complement existing installations like in the case of the PERFORMER pilot sites (tertiary buildings) for specific tasks (e.g. audits).
Figure 18 below (see attachment) illustrates how a PERFORMER Box has been deployed to complement the sensing infrastructure at two of the PERFORMER pilot sites. A set of KPIs related to building usage are computed locally (in the PERFORMER Box) or in the cloud (at level of the PERFORMER Data Warehouse). The PERFORMER Box packaged for Woopa is shown in Figure 19.
Aside from the ability to provide new sensors without the need to integrate them with the existing BEMS, the benefits of a PERFORMER box can be summarised as follows:
• Local processing of simple KPIs if data collected locally;
• Reduces quantity of information passed to the PDW;
• Reduces processing burden at PDW level;
• Faster processing – potential for more immediate feedback for users;
• If active control based on real-time data was pursued, local processing would have clear advantages.
1.4 POTENTIAL IMPACT
PERFORMER has developed a prototype technology platform to facilitate improved energy management in buildings, whilst ensuring occupant comfort. The consortium has validated the performance of the PERFORMER solution at four pilot sites to test the various components and demonstrate their usefulness. Identification of energy saving opportunities in the pilot buildings offers the possibility to close the performance gap, thus reducing energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions. As Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU the deployment of PERFORMER across the EU presents significant economy of scale opportunities.
The project’s advancement of analytical techniques goes beyond simple data visualisation by using prediction algorithms and anomaly / fault reporting that will help users target on-going opportunities for improvements effectively. This is a key enhancement over traditional energy visualisation packages, making the magnitude of deviation from predictions apparent. These functions should help users move beyond overall savings in the range of 5% from improved awareness of energy use, to more substantial savings of between 15-45%, by the identification of numerous on-going energy management and commissioning opportunities. (Scope of savings according to the US DoE, Federal Energy Management Program.)
Examples of the scale of savings experienced across the pilot buildings include:
• St. Teilo’s High School (UK) – 10% reduction in annual electricity demand by addressing high out-of-hours electricity base load use. Similarly, eliminating excess out-of-hours heating base load could save approximately 38% of heating energy per year, equating to a total combined saving of 22%.
• Woopa office (France) – changing the heating schedules for the high-lag heating distribution system improved occupant comfort and will save 38% of the heating energy demand.
• Iberostar las letras (Spain) – 5% electricity savings by identifying an improved ventilation strategy for the hotel (65% of ventilation energy) plus a further 5% saving from reducing cooling energy demands outside the heating seasons, in line with energy simulation model forecasts (19% of the total cooling energy demand).
These, along with other various energy saving opportunities identified, suggest that total savings would fall within the higher range mentioned above, which could have a significant impact at an EU level if the roll out of PERFORMER enabled this in other buildings across Europe.
Another major impact of the project is the creation of a protocol to setup the export of BEMS data without the need for external access to the BEMS, which is a notoriously difficult hurdle to overcome for data security reasons. The benefit of this approach is that the solution will have a wider market scope by being able to make use of existing BEMS data in virtually any native format, from any brand of BEMS. This is important as even the ubiquitous BacNet global standard (ISO 16484) can be interpreted differently when implemented by major BEMS manufacturers. It has been shown that this is achievable for a wide number of varied data sources during the pilot demonstration phase, including BEMS from two international market leaders; which sets a positive outlook for compatibility across the wider industry. Having unified multiple data sources in the PERFORMER Data Warehouse (PDW), provides an opportunity for the wider market to potentially create new applications and rules for energy management and control that could then be applicable to many buildings, unified by use of the PDW intermediary.
The optional element of including the PERFORMER box as part of the overall solution could have a major impact on SME building owners and service providers in particular. The box serves as a gateway to the PDW and the PERFORMER analysis services for any sensors / meters not connected to the existing BEMS. This can allow smaller companies to readily supplement any shortage of sensors in a building without employing a BEMS supplier to integrate them to the existing BEMS, which can often be expensive for ‘locked-in’ technologies of some existing systems. The PERFORMER box therefore provides added flexibility to the solution, which can widen its reach amongst SME clients and SME third parties (such as energy consultancies) supporting building owners and managers.
The project has also contributed towards the development of European standards related to intrinsic building performance assessment via CEN/TC89/WG13, by trialling innovative testing protocols during the piloting phase with results feeding into the Working Group discussions.
The PERFORMER solution will assist building owners and managers to optimise their assets, while also supporting energy consultants and energy service providers (i.e. ESCOs) to assist their own clients with energy management opportunities. The solution will be applicable to any building with an existing BEMS that warrants some degree of sub-metering to differentiate between energy uses by zone or service. So, although it is not likely to be suitable at an individual dwelling level, or buildings without a number of zones and services, the majority of commercial, public, leisure and centrally managed multi-residential buildings could benefit from the use of PERFORMER.
The solution will be of particular interest for buildings being considered for refurbishment or services upgrades to reduce energy use, for which PERFORMER can help to identify how efforts would be best targeted. The renovation of existing buildings is seen by the EC as an important element towards achieving future EU energy reduction targets. As part of this, policies have been introduced that will require EU countries to make energy efficient renovations to at least 3% of buildings owned and occupied by central governments per year (average renovation rates across the EU are currently around 1%). Demonstrating the successful use of PERFORMER to identify energy saving actions in a UK school being managed by the Local Authority (City of Cardiff Council) and French office building show how the solution is relevant to help facilitate this goal for public buildings.
Immediate impact would be expected in the countries where the solution has been initially piloted (i.e. France, Spain, UK and Poland), as the demonstration buildings will act as tangible case studies in these local markets and the market opportunities in these regions have already been considered through the project. The pilot organisations themselves offer an opportunity for immediate impact as they could look to replicate the PERFORMER solution across their own assets; for example, City of Cardiff Council are responsible for many buildings beyond the pilot school that could benefit from similar energy management, including other schools, offices and public buildings. ENGIE have numerous office buildings across their main organisation and subsidiary companies, which opens further doors to a wider building market through their energy services arm - Cofely. The hotel chains, Iberostar and SEA Developments, both own numerous hotels that may benefit similarly from the installation of the PERFORMER solution to help reduce energy use while ensuring occupant comfort. In order to deliver knowledge transfer and embed related activities, a “Project Handbook” has been developed for each pilot site, not only to enable continued use of PERFORMER by the pilot sites beyond the project end date, but also to act as a replication tool by providing case studies in support of potential uptake by industry across Europe.
From successes in the pilot countries, it is proposed that the solution could readily branch out into Belgian, Swiss and Portuguese markets due to common languages to the pilot regions and similar climatic conditions. The solution will be widely applicable thanks to the option to offer it at different levels (varying functionality and degrees of customer support) and with different prices and payment routes, which will also make the tool competitive compared to other solutions currently in the energy management market.
The most significant societal impacts from PERFORMER are likely to arise from the public sector, where any savings that can be made on energy expenditure in buildings will help to extend the budgets that can subsequently be made available for other public services. This is not a factor that has been directly explored by the project but is a beneficial consequence of PERFORMER’s energy saving purpose. Another major focus of the project was ensuring health and comfort parameters are delivered in buildings. Most people spend a significant amount of time within buildings and hence PERFORMER can help to deliver healthy indoor environments to improve the quality of life for the occupants. This aspect can be particularly influential in offices, schools, or hospitals, where people may spend extended periods of time, with the latter usually including more vulnerable occupants (young, elderly, infirm).
A series of workshops have been organised during the project in cooperation with SIG members and other key stakeholder groups. The objective of these workshops was to promote a bidirectional information flow between PERFORMER and the workshop participants relating to the exploitation potential of PERFORMER achievements and results. In order to obtain a balanced EU perspective on exploitation opportunities, the workshops were organised in different countries by partners in Spain, Poland, the UK and France. The three following workshops have taken place:
• On 26th March 2014, a workshop at Euroconsult’s facilities in Madrid was celebrated as part of the Exploitation and Dissemination activities of PERFORMER. The project consortium was represented by SMS Plc (project coordinator), Euroconsult (meeting host) and Dragados (WP6 leaders). The objective of the workshop was to present the objectives and current progress of PERFORMER to a group of companies involved in the energy management sector so that they could provide feedback related to the potential exploitability of the outcomes expected from the project. The objective of the workshop was to present the objectives and current progress of PERFORMER to a group of companies involved in the energy management sector so that they could provide feedback related to the potential exploitability of the outcomes expected from the project.
• The workshop in Poland was held on 4th February 2016 in Poznań as a part of BUDMA fairs, the biggest construction industry meeting in Poland and an event considered to be the largest international trade meeting of the construction industry in Central and Eastern Europe. The project consortium was represented by SMS (project coordinator), ASM-Market Research and Analysis Centre (meeting host) and SEA Developments (owner of the Polish demo building). The objective of the workshop was to present the objectives and current progress of PERFORMER and then discuss the business possibilities with external stakeholders.
• The UK workshop took place on the 28th June 2017 within the framework of the Sustainable Places 2017 Conference (SP17) held at Teesside University, Middlesbrough. PERFORMER was one of the main sponsors of SP17. The majority of consortium partners were present at the conference and thus the workshop, namely SMS, CU, BRE, CCC, CSTB, CEA, ASM and DRA. The objective of the workshop was to discuss the perceived market appetite for the project’s exploitable results with external stakeholders and to capture any recommendations that could further strengthen the PERFORMER solution going forward.
• The fourth workshop was advertised through professional networks of the French project partners. An email invitation was prepared and sent to a CSTB contact list of 115 national buildings stakeholders. In total, 32 external participants were registered and 16 actually came to the event representing design offices (design consultants) and building operators. A further 8 project participants were in attendance to co-organise, present and engage in workshop activities. The objective of the workshop was to communicate project objective and obtain participant feedback on emerging outcomes.
PERFORMER has also been co-organising Sustainable Places since 2014; which has proved to be very valuable for project dissemination, engagement of experts and clustering activities. The project has helped the conference to grow from its inception to technology-clusters defined by the EU according to the construction-related research and innovation value chain from the EeB PPP Roadmap. Every year the event attracts around 200 scientists, researchers and engineers from research institutes and industry across Europe and internationally. The conference facilitates knowledge sharing around innovative solutions to ensure long-term and sustainable performance in buildings and cities.
The PERFORMER consortium initially aimed to deliver 12 to 16 presentations on the project objectives and (planned/achieved) results at leading national and international workshops, seminars and conferences during the lifetime of the project. A total of sixteen events relating to energy efficiency, construction and ICT have been attended to disseminate PERFORMER objects and results, with further participation in at least three more events planned beyond the project end date.
All partners committed to present, individually or collectively, contributions to scientific journals and technical magazines, based on their work in the project. A total number of 12 such contributions were expected over the project lifetime. This target has been exceeded as PERFORMER has provided 16 contributions, with further publications planned after the end of the project.
The widest possible dissemination of the project’s image, its purpose and key developments to stakeholders was ensured by the project website. It was specified at a very early phase of the project and put online at M2. Throughout the project, any public content (including deliverables) has been made available on the website. The ‘Newsroom’ section is updated at least once each month and keeps visitors fully informed on project developments including organisation of, and contribution to, events. Apart from the public area, the project website also includes a restricted area that can only be accessed by consortium partners by password. Each partner can enter the area and view private documentation including deliverables with a confidential dissemination level. Partners were required to upload all project documents, agendas, minutes, presentations and reports to ensure effective communication. The following table presents the most important achievements in terms of number of website users.
In addition to the defined activities described within this deliverable the project consortium has completed many other dissemination activities. Information on PERFORMER has been published via partners through their social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) and websites e.g. a description of the PERFORMER project is included on the ASM website: http://asm-poland.com.pl/badania-i-projekty-miedzynarodowe/performer/.
Information on PERFORMER has also been disseminated during internal meetings of consortium partners e.g. Dragados gave a presentation to ACS Construction Companies and ECG presented PERFORMER and their activities within the project to personnel from national subsidiary companies of ECG. Activities such as these are important, as it allows people who are not directly involved in the project (although they represent the same sector and are often employed by the same entity) to have an opportunity to learn about PERFORMER results.
Following the development and demonstration period of the PERFORMER project, a number of key steps have been identified that are relevant to the future exploitation and rollout of the solution. All relevant licensing issues have been identified to ensure that partners’ IP is duly acknowledged and rewarded when utilised by others. Anticipated fees for such licensing have been incorporated into the overall PERFORMER business model and subsequent implementation strategies.
The business model capitalises on the technical advancements of PERFORMER compared to existing tools and will target building owners and managers as well as carefully selected professionals from the construction and services sector (e.g. ESCOs) to support and promote the implementation of PERFORMER.
Research for the model has confirmed that the retrofit market is likely to be the best target audience to get the most from the solution and different ‘levels’ of offering will allow the solution to be competitive amongst the range of energy management tools already on the market. The costing exercise carried out for the business model has shown that PERFORMER can be offered via different pricing plans. Each plan should help to align with competitor’s differing levels of service in order to remain competitive. It can also be demonstrated that enhanced capital commitment by clients investing in more substantial measurement solutions such as PERFORMER can help to reap greater savings.
A critical mass of users has been identified which would need to be secured for the PERFORMER solution to be profitable in the short term and hence truly sustainable. This requires 15 active sites to use the solution on an on-going basis; an average of four buildings in each of the pilot partner regions.
Regional communication strategies have been produced, highlighting the most important users, partners and communication routes for successful dissemination of the solution in each pilot country. Key points have been extracted from pilot experiences to give gravity to promotional communications, i.e. for the production of case studies. A route map has been created to guide users through the various supporting tools and materials for implementation of the PERFORMER solution. This draws together the various technical outputs from the project in a structured way so clients may implement the solution to best suit their needs and aspirations.
The consortium has also considered and pre-empted a number of risks with the aim to reduce their potential detrimental effect on the rollout of the PERFORMER solution. A range of future considerations identified from the pilot phase that would strengthen a commercial offering going forward have also been collated.
PERFORMER has developed a number of tools that can be used in isolation or as part of the overall PERFORMER solution. Separate to the development of the business model for the complete PERFORMER solution, in order to facilitate short term exploitability, an exercise has been carried out based on deconstructing the solution (system) into its constituent parts or ‘exploitable results’ (ERs) and assessing them individually. Due to the different levels of development of each of those parts, involved project partners will be able to use, exploit, license, or sell some of those ERs before others, thus enabling early recovery of part of the investment in PERFORMER.
Discussions were held amongst partners during the second half of the project to raise the maximum possible awareness about the many difficulties and obstacles involved in the commercialisation of R&D results and to search for common exploitation paths and commercial agreements (licensing agreements, payment of fees for use of patented results, discounts for use if useful deployment and use feedback is provided, etc.). In cases where overlapping interests have been identified, the work done in the exploitation tasks of the project will serve as a starting point for the commercial or research agreements among partners once the project is finished.
Table 3 on the following page (see attachment) shows the different Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and expected times for marketability for each of the results.
The table demonstrates that a large group of results can be exploited in the short term (between 6 and 12 months), including some that will be usable at the end of the project (even if advanced prototype stage, such as is the case with the Visualisation tool). This is not always the case in large integrated R&D projects, so it represents a significant achievement for partners hoping to benefit from PERFORMER in the short term.
Another group of results should become usable in the medium term (between 12 and 24 months), such as the final version of the Building / PERFORMER Data Warehouse system and the fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) platform. Those are important parts for the PERFORMER solution as they provide the highest benefits to its users. The level of investment associated with this time frame is manageable according to the developing partners.
The final group of results are more technologically challenging, such as the Building Intrinsic Performance assessment software and the different sets of algorithms developed in WP2. These will take longer to become usable and marketable. Most of the remaining work for these results will involve further validation in real buildings and fine-tuning based on the feedback received.
List of Websites:
Please follow the link http://performerproject.eu/ for more information about PERFORMER.
SMS: Project Coordinator – James Sharman – James.Sharman@sms-plc.com
SMS is the UK’s only independent utility infrastructure, smart metering and energy management solutions provider to both the public and private sectors, offering a complete and fully integrated management solution
CSTB: Technical Coordinator – Marc Bourdeau – email@example.com
CSTB is a public organization for innovation in the building sector. With about 900 employees, CSTB performs four key activities: research, expertise, evaluation and dissemination of knowledge, organized to satisfy sustainable development challenges.
CEA: A leader in research, development and innovation, CEA is particularly active in low-carbon energies and information technologies. Key figures include 150 start-ups since 1984, a 4.3 billion € yearly budget and more than 530 FP7 projects since 2007.
Cardiff University: The BRE Institute of Sustainable Engineering (ISE) is a multidisciplinary research group at Cardiff University specialising in informatics for resource efficient smart buildings and cities, enabled by integrated design and construction with a total lifecycle approach.
BRE: BRE is an independent research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment. BRE helps clients create better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities and businesses.
Dragados: Dragados (ACS Group) is a general contractor specialized in all types of buildings and infrastructures. Currently, more than 57% of the company’s business activities take place outside Spain. The company’s turnover in 2012 was over 4,000M€ and the number of employees was 13,474.
Euroconsult Group: EUROCONSULT GROUP is one of the leading Spanish market providers of engineering consultancy in civil works and building construction. With 450 employees, we are also one of the world leaders in road and highway pavement survey services.
Engie: ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the three key sectors of electricity, natural gas and energy services. ENGIE employs 152,900 people worldwide, including 900 researchers and experts at 11 R&D centres.
Saint-Gobain: Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2012 sales of €43.2 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 193,000 employees.
ASM: ASM is a Polish R&D centre founded in 1996, specialised in a wide range of national and European level research & management consultancy in the areas of surveys and analysis for the construction market and other sectors as well as social issues.
City of Cardiff Council: Cardiff is the capital of Wales & the focal point for devolved Government & decision-making. The city’s population is 346,100 but it is at the heart of a city-region of 1.4 million. The City of Cardiff Council is the largest local authority & largest employer in Wales.
SEA Developments: Sea Development focuses on developing of three main areas: ecology, health and tourism. They are all implemented in Baltic Plaza Hotel medi SPA & fit., a brand new and modern hotel located in Kolobrzeg, Polish sea-side resort.
IBEROSTAR: Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía is located in Madrid and belongs to anima hotels group. It was opened in 2005 and it is a tribute to the world of literature. It comprises 109 rooms, Library, Gym, Restaurant, 360 sqm of meeting rooms, Lounge Bar and Penthouse.