We use SkySpark, a software platform from SkyFoundry, to perform monitoring-based commissioning. In SkyFoundry's words, SkySpark is: "A Revolutionary New Technology for Transforming Smart Device Data Into Business Solutions."
The September 2016 issue of SkyFoundry Insider, their company newsletter, focuses on "how engineering firms are using SkySpark to deliver significant financial results and help owners and operators make energy and operational efficiency improvements permanent." Sieben Energy Associates is one of the specialty consultants featured in this issue. One of our recent monitoring-based commissioning project is described on pages 5 and 6. For this project, we were engaged by Transwestern, the building management company for 500 West Madison, formerly known as Citigroup Center Chicago
The title of the newsletter article summarizes the project result nicely: "Data-driven HVAC Optimization Yields Higher Energy Savings While Maintaining Occupant Comfort." We identified seven measures for implementation by the building's contractors, yielding 2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) in annual electricity savings. Moreover, we discovered many anomalies that were corrected before they led to excessive wasted energy use.
The City of Chicago's Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance requires owners of large buildings to report their energy use data, which is then made public. As we helped Transwestern improve 500 West Madison's energy performance and ENERGY STAR score, the building may be more attractive to current and prospective tenants that care about sustainability.