The last post in our series is on Building Operation and Closing the performance gap. The final stage in this process is analysing and evaluating the way the building is operating. The way the building is managed and maintained will often have the greatest potential for variation in performance.
Some of the factors that impact the building performance include:
- The building may not be used as it was originally imagined such as increased occupant density or being used for different activities.
- It might also not be suited to operating at its most effective level in every season of the year.
- Building operators or users may lack understanding of the controls or find them difficult to work with.
- The maintenance or energy management practices may not be up to scratch.
Closing the gap
If the Performance Gap is to be reduced or closed, building operators and users need regular and consistent feedback on performance. This information can then be evaluated.
The critical actions buildings need to take to close the gap include:
- Clear visibility for energy management, whether this is through dashboards or analytics software
- Feeding back information to building users and operators.
- Regular BMS audits to ensure the building continues to run as its optimum.
- Educating occupiers and users on how to effectively work the building controls.
This is the last in our series on the Performance Gap. If you have any questions, contact us either below or on social media!