New technology tackles energy drift

Scientific Conservation's new SCIwatch software can reduce energy spending by 25% by constantly monitoring and adjusting building systems.

By Source: Leslie Guevarra, Reuters July 1, 2009

Scientific Conservation Inc. officially released its SCIwatch software-as-a-service solution, according to a story on Reuters. Creators say the new technology, which is a first in Automated Continuous Commissioning, can cut 25% of annual energy spending by reducing energy drift in a building.

Energy drift in commercial buildings results in a 17% loss in energy efficiency every one to two years, says Scientific Conservation CEO David Wolins. The loss is usually detected during standard recommissioning every few years, which looks at performance and adjusts systems so they can function according to design. However, this loss in efficiency adds up and is detected and eliminated after the fact.

SCIwatch can address this problem by continuously collecting raw data from the building’s energy management systems and automatically predicting, detecting, and diagnosing faults, as well as prioritizing their handling, according to Wolins.

Industry experts agree that this emerging technology can change the face of building energy management. Although the software was officially launched today, early adopters of the system since mid-2008 like NASA, Santa Clara County in California, and Neiman Marcus have published case studies on the company’s site .

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