The Building Genome Project: Identify Faults in Building Energy Performance

Apr 26, 2017

This paper explores the use of new tools for the creation of novel methods of identifying faults in building energy performance remotely. With the rise in availability of interval utility data and the proliferation of machine learning processes, new methods are arising which promise to bridge the gap between architects, engineers, auditors, operators, and utility personnel. Utility use information, viewed with sufficient granularity, can offer a sort of “genome,” that is a set of “genes” which are unique to a given building and can be decoded to provide information about the building’s performance. The applications of algorithms to a large data set of these “genomes” can identify patterns across many buildings, providing the opportunity for identifying mechanical faults in a much larger sample of buildings than could previously be evaluated using traditional methods.

Grant Mosey (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Brian Deal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Presented at: 
2017 AIA / ACSA Intersections Symposium
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
The American Institute of Architects
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

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