Automated Diagnostics & Analytics for Buildings by Barney L. Capehart and Michael R. Brambley

AD&A Authors Barney L. Capehart, PhD, CEM Professor Emeritus University of Florida and Michael R. Brambley, Staff Scientist in Energy Technology Development at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have produced an HVAC Opus Magnus that will serve the entire spectrum of building and automation experts well — now, and for many years to come. Whether you’re a systems integrator, BAS or BMS Consultant, manufacturer or vendor, engineer, Director of Facilities or maintenance manager, this smart building tome (textbook) provides not only vital insight, methodologies, and options, but the compelling documentation that warrants immediate action.

Foreword: By Ken Sinclair Publisher/Owner, AutomatedBuildings. This book will help you explore the new world of Automated Diagnostics and Analytics for Buildings and provide insight and connection into the industry thought leaders that are taking big data into a new reality. “Dynamic Data Fuels Deep Analytics” speaks to the importance of the next level of deep analytics of almost everything will have and how we as an industry will provide a new level of deeper analytics connecting inquiring minds to almost everything with low cost real time data.

Introduction: The purpose of this book is to promote and document energy savings from the relatively new technology of Advanced Energy Information Systems called Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics (AFDD) and Analytics for buildings and facilities. A number of studies have shown that commercial buildings in the United States (U.S.) waste as much as 15% to 30% of the energy they use (Katipamula and Brambley 2005). Analysis of HVAC and other building energy use data, along with whole-building utility data, sub-metered end-use data, and data from the building automation system (BAS) through the use of AFDD and building analytics can help identify opportunities to improve building operations and efficiency, and ultimately reduce energy and operating costs.

We will discuss the latest technologies available for fault detection, diagnostics, and building analytics, and operational experience with stand alone and web based systems for fault detection, diagnostics and analytics in currently operating buildings and facilities, and in varied applications, and to show how new opportunities have developed for energy and facility managers to quickly and effectively control and manage their operations more efficiently, with less energy use and cost, and experience improved energy system performance. You’ll find information on what is actually available using this technology, what products and services are available at this time, and how they are being used at other buildings and facilities, and see what is involved for current and future installations of internet-based technologies. The material in this book on automated fault detection, diagnostics and analytics should greatly assist energy, facility and maintenance managers, as well as consultants and control systems development engineers. Chapters on methodology and future technological features should also assist those involved in research and development of these new technologies in AFDD and analytics for buildings.

Table of Contents

The Case for Automated Tools for Facility Management and Operation

Introduction

Energy-Smart Buildings Demonstrating How Information Technology Can Cut Energy Use and Costs of Real Estate Portfolios

Perspective on Building Analytics Adoption

Delivering Successful Results from Automated Diagnostics Solutions

Intelligent Efficiency: Opportunities, Barriers, and Solutions

Current Technology, Tools, Products, Services, and Applications

Automated Diagnostics

Enabling Efficient Building Energy Management through Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics

A Practical, Proven Approach to Energy Intelligence, Measurement, and Management

Di-BOSS: Research, Development & Deployment of the World’s First Digital Building Operating System

Analytics, Alarms, Analysis, Fault Detection and Diagnostics

Using Custom Programs to Enhance Building Diagnostics and Energy Savings

88 Acres-How Microsoft Quietly Built the City of the Future

Improving Airport Energy Efficiency through Continuous Commissioning® Process Implementation at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

ECAM+ A Tool for Analyzing Building Data to Improve and Track Performance

Outside The Box: Integrating People & Controls To Create a Unique Energy Management Program-A Caltech Case Study
Value Proposition of FDD Solutions

FDD: How High Are the Market Barriers to Entry?

Diagnostics for Monitoring-based Commissioning

Methodology and Future Technology

Model-based Real-time Whole Building Energy Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics

Advanced Methods for Whole Building Energy Analysis

Identification of Energy Efficiency Opportunities Through Building Data Analysis and Achieving Energy Savings through Improved Controls

High-resolution Data Collection for Automated Fault Diagnostics Motivation

Localized Uncertainty Quantification for Baseline Building Energy Modeling.

Pushing the Envelope Building Analytics beyond HVAC

Data to Information for Intelligent Buildings

The 12 Things You Need to Know about Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx)

Application of Automated Price and Demand Response for Large Customers in New York

Understanding Microgrids as the Essential Architecture of Smart Energy

Power Monitoring Solutions through Contextual Data

Current Technology, Tools, Products, Services, and Applications

Battling Entropy In Commercial Rooftop HVAC Systems with Advanced Fault Detection and Diagnostics

C1ockworks™ Automated HVAC Diagnostics and the Evolution of AFDD Tools

Automated Diagnostics—To Pick the Low Hanging Fruits In Energy Efficiency In Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems

Implementing Advanced Diagnostics In Fleets of Commercial HVAC Equipment

Energy Savings Benefits of FDD Systems for Light Commercial Unitary HVAC Equipment

AFDD for HVAC Systems and Equipment—Methodology and Future Technology

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for HVAC&R Equipment

Automatically Detecting Faulty Regulation in HVAC Controls

AHU AFDD

Methodology for Evaluating FDD Protocols Applied to Unitary Systems

Self-correcting HVAC Controls: They May be in Your Future Sooner than You Think

A Framework to Apply a Structural Pattern Recognition Technique in Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics of
HVAC System and Component Faults

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Rooftop Units: Standards are Key to Making it in the Market

Building Automation System Embedded HVAC System Energy Performance Degradation Detector

Predictive Maintenance

What’s Going on in the Trenches with Smart Buildings, Monitoring Based Commissioning, Automated Fault Detection and
Diagnostics and Energy Regulatory Policy? What Does the Future Hold, When Does it Arrive?

Automated Diagnostics and Analytics for Wastewater Treatment Plants and Water Distribution Facilities

Conclusion and Author Bios

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Plug-IT — Real Savings & Control from Energy Systems Technologies! NS 2014 New Product Award Winner

Plug-IT delivers a remarkable solution to maximize your energy savings and is an award-winning product that leverages existing Niagara installations! Easily meets the latest ASHRAE 90.1 standards for controlling 50% of wall receptacle plug loads.

PLUGIT1Plug-IT is a wireless smart plug load device that provides control and power measurement of your facilities equipment “on” when needed and “off” when not needed via a programmed schedule or on command from your Energy Management System. Great for Utility Curtailments Programs.

Maximize the value of Plug-IT by integrating your selected plug load control into your BAS/EMS network using the Tridium Plug-IT communication driver. Rapid Paybacks; vending machines (6-months), water fountains (9-months), coffee makers (15-months). Eligible for many utility company rebates.

Plug-IT works with the Niagara Framework software to allow connection of an unlimited number of smaller electrical devices, such as coffee makers, vending machines, photocopiers, computer displays, televisions, and computers. Previously, it may not have made sense for a company to connect many small loads to an energy management system due to expense. With Plug-IT, however, companies can now automatically control these small loads cost-effectively. The system also provides robust analytics based on a building’s plug load energy usage, which can help building engineers and end-users understand their energy consumption.

“We at EST are proud and excited to be the recipient of such a distinguished award,” said Paul Czerwin, president of Energy Systems Technologies. “Over the past fifteen years we have witnessed tremendous growth in the Niagara products and services, and feel honored to contribute back into the community. It was our intent to open up new opportunities for those utilizing the Niagara platform.”

By using Plug-IT, companies may become eligible for utility rebates and easily meet the latest ASHRAE 90.1 standards for controlling 50% of wall receptacle plug loads.

EST received the inaugural “Top New Product” award at the closing reception for the 2014 Niagara Summit, held April 27–29 in Las Vegas, the biannual conference hosted by Tridium, Inc. The award recognizes excellence in developing a new product that interfaces with or is built on the Niagara Framework. An advisory panel of Niagara community members and industry experts selected the finalists and chose the winning entry via a text-message-based voting system.

WHO WE ARE: Energy Systems Technologies (EST) is a smart-building-system distributor specializing in energy efficiency controls and systems. We provide solutions for lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and metering systems for commercial buildings.

Our partners in mechanical, electrical, and energy-design share our goals of reducing energy consumption and maximizing a facility’s energy management. With our knowledge and reach in the industry, we can offer a complete suite of state-of-the-art products and services that helps businesses reduce energy consumption and maximize energy management in their buildings.

Honeywell’s Automated Demand Response Platform Lowers Peak Demands and Saves Money

Honeywell 180x120September 22, 2014: Honeywell’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project demonstrates utility-scale performance of a hardware/software platform for automated demand response (ADR). This project stands apart from the other SGIG projects in that it focused both on the development of an ADR hardware/software platform to facilitate demand response and on recruiting and educating ADR customers to participate in energy saving programs sponsored by utilities. Honeywell partnered with three California utilities (PG&E, SDG&E, and SCE) to help target customers and make the project a success. The ADR system enables participating customers to automatically respond to utility notifications of demand response events, curtail demand of pre-selected equipment, and save money from lower off-peak rates and utility incentive payments.

DOE1Download the report. Please forward this email to your colleagues that may be interested in this initiative or future notices email alerts from SmartGrid.gov. The ADR system enables participating customers to automatically respond to utility notifications of demand response events, curtail demand of pre-selected equipment, and save money from lower off-peak rates and utility incentive payments.

Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy Webinar: Device Level Energy Management Solutions

connexenergyNew Solution Offering: Device Level Energy Management Solutions. Join us for a Webinar on October 8 at 3:00PM ET/2:00 CT. Join us for this 45 minute webinar to learn about the joint offering between Panoramic Power and Connexx Energy. The two companies have combined Panoramic Power’s innovative circuit level energy management solution with Connexx Energy’s CONNEXXION™ energy data platform to deliver complete energy interoperability. The solution offers management and control, automatic demand response and actionable real-time data and analytics into a single system that manages energy data across the building enterprise within a cyber-secured environment.

You will learn how you can use the joint solution to uncover new energy conservation and efficiency opportunities with your customers and prospects. We’ll wrap up with a Q&A session so you’ll be armed with all the information you need to start selling. Presenters: Anno Scholten, President Connexx Energy and Safi Oranski, VP Business Development, Panoramic Power.

Space is Limited! Click here to register

CNS’ Mike Welch Sheds Some DALI Light on “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings”

CNS ControlTrends is delighted to share this informative expertise from Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, founded in 1996, and headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK (approximately 45 minutes from London). Mike is a DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist and makes a compelling case as to why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.

Mike-Welch

At a recent RBS Innovation Gateway meeting, Professor Doug Crawford-Brown from the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research at Cambridge University spoke on the concept of ‘stranded investments’. A stranded investment is one where a particular technology or solution is acquired to address one set of issues. But, in the time it takes to implement the solution, the reality dawns that the situation has changed and a whole range of new issues have emerged which will not be effectively addressed by the investment made.

This concept applies readily enough to the way we construct and manage buildings. We spend huge amounts of time, effort and money in trying to plan for a building that will operate in a certain way before the foundation holes have even been excavated. When we arrive at the point of occupation, the world around us has invariably moved on. Business conditions, the environment, energy prices, regulations and other factors are rarely, if ever, fixed points for any considerable length of time. Occupier expectations of the spaces they inhabit have also changed and will constantly evolve over the lifetime of the building.

Of course, every building can be reconfigured to adapt to changing factors and user needs. But, this type of renovation often requires a fleet of trucks and an army of trades to put in new cables or remove existing ones; to move partition walls; fit new lighting fixtures and shift other equipment around. It’s a very labour-intensive and expensive process. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Increasingly, we live in a world of soft, easily reconfigurable technologies, especially in the world of building controls. If the right technology decisions are made at the beginning of a project, then the building can be easily adapted to cope with the impact of office churn.

Take the recently completed Standard Bank office in Johannesburg as an example. In this prestigious building, some years in the planning, everything was delivered and installed according to specification. However, as soon as the building became occupied, reconfiguration took place very quickly. Many of the people moving into the building were not those initially consulted about their space requirements by the building’s designers. And, if they were, their views and needs had altered since that first consultation. A number had changed their job within the company or, fundamentally,wanted their desks in a different part of the workspace, so re-organising their space in a way that impacted on how the lighting was grouped, switched and controlled. Sending in specialist engineers to reconfigure the lighting could have proved a nightmare. Instead, on this project, change has proved a much more straightforward process.

This 65,000m² office development features an elitedali™ solution which is controlling, maintaining and managing the lighting system for the entire building, incorporating 4,500 Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI®) light fixtures and 1,600 DALI® multi-sensors. elitedali enables Tridium’s Niagara AX platforms to provide the building with intelligent, automated dimming and switching off of lights in response to daylight and occupancy sensors to save considerably on energy consumption. It also speeds up maintenance, by reducing the time required to replace or reconfigure luminaires according to user demand. From the site or wherever they might have been in the world, the systems integrator has the freedom to simply access the wire sheets via their PC, then re-group, re-zone and re-adjust control strategies, as necessary. They could re-associate groups of lights with new switches and sensors, different numbers of lighting or whatever was needed to meet the new requirements of its occupants in real time.

This was all accomplished quickly, cost-effectively and with minimum impact on the actual business that the end client was trying to transact in the space. And, it’s a process that will inevitably continue to be repeated over the lifetime of the building.

The lessons are clear. In my view, we should simply resist trying to work out what’s going to happen with our buildings and its occupants in the future. It makes far better sense to implement solutions, such as those at Standard Bank, which maximise the ability of those tasked with managing or using that space to be as flexible as possible so that they can adapt to what is in front of them at minimum cost and as near as possible in real time.

An open approach brings the opportunity to realise these and other substantial benefits. I think of it as an inverted pyramid. With the pointed end at the bottom, we emerge through the pyramid, and, as it widens out, we find greater and greater opportunity to achieve more and more desirable outcomes – flexibility of reconfiguration, energy savings, reduced CO2 emissions, better value assets, improved building ratings, easier operation and maintenance, lower costs and so on. By bringing together elitedali™ lighting control and Tridium’s NiagaraAX Framework, energy managers can change the way the lighting operates and observe changes in energy use in real time.

They can also receive in-depth and accurate information about the performance of the lighting through the BMS as never before. Without such an open solution, it is only possible to access such data in a proprietary format, making it difficult to combine with data gathered from other areas of the building services. This approach puts that information directly into the clients’ hands, and enables them to specify the format of the information produced for “cloud analytics and big data” applications.

It’s a world that liberates energy managers and buildings owners and transforms buildings from stranded investments to valued assets.

For further information please contact:
Mike Welch or Ruth Chrisp
Managing Director Wildwood Public Relations
Control Network Solutions Ltd
The Stables Studio 7, Intec2, Intec Business Park Meadow Court
Wade Road, Basingstoke Faygate Lane, Faygate
Hampshire, RG24 8NE West Sussex, RH12 4SJ
Tel: 01256 818700 Tel: 01293 851115
Fax: 01256 812520 Fax: 01293 852448
Web: www.control-network-solutions.co.uk Email: ruth.chrisp@wildwoodpr.com

Editor’s notes: Based out of the UK and serving markets globally with its range of energy-saving open control
solutions, CNS is a Certified Tridium Developer Partner. Using Tridium’s web convergent technology platform, CNS creates smart open standards products and solutions. elitedali™ for Niagara AX® is available for installation via a global network of Certified elitedali Partners (CeP™). CNS also manufactures the CNS-Enocean™ Niagara AX Driver which leverages the company’s experience with elitedali and device modelling techniques to offer wireless/energy harvesting control solutions for intelligent building management, automation and lighting systems. For more information on elitedali™, visit www.elitedali.com. Follow elitedali™ on twitter @elitedali or join the discussion on LinkedIn at elitedali for Niagara AX Group.

August DOE Release: A Framework for Characterizing Connected Equipment

eere_illust_bldg For those of the ControlTrends Community following the most recent DOE referee guidance concerning the direction and pace of technological innovation in the Smart Grid industry, which includes “the dynamic management of residential and commercial building end-use loads,” brought about by the increasing connectivity available within the residential and commercial space, and/or the ability to control the equipment externally/remotely, this August 2014, DOE, EERE, Building Technologies Program report, articulates and illustrates, very succinctly, the intelligent minutiae being used to unfold the inevitable universality and implementation of the Smart Grid.

We think it’s important: DOE Issues Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment on the Framework Document for the Physical Characterization of Grid-Connected Commercial and Residential Buildings End-Use Equipment and Appliances.

Introduction: The Department of Energy (“DOE”) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (“EERE”) recognizes that the market is developing portfolios of clean energy technologies that may require new innovative solutions and implementation techniques to achieve large scale deployment. One set of solutions, given the direction and pace of technological innovation in industry, may include the dynamic management of residential and commercial building end-use loads brought about by the connectivity installed within, or externally controlling the equipment.

As demonstrated by some utilities using innovative technologies from industry, dynamically engaging building end-use loads can enable integration of intermittent renewable resources at scale and enhance grid reliability and resiliency, while unlocking potential new value streams for homeowners and building owners and operators. In support of EERE’s objectives to engage industry, the Building Technologies Office (“BTO”) is beginning to study how the use of grid-connected appliances and equipment (hereafter “connected equipment”) in residential, commercial, or industrial buildings (hereafter “buildings”) may provide multiple service benefits for building owners, including cost savings, while enabling the scale integration of variable renewable resources and other national-scale benefits. Therefore, connected equipment may directly benefit consumers as well as provide benefits to the grid.

Industry has traditionally supported these types of benefits made available through the management and control of equipment. Furthermore, many in industry envision a future where connected equipment may provide new value streams through delivery of recognizable services to consumers, building owners, third-party service providers, or electricity providers. To realize this future, characterization protocols and associated metrics may be needed to adequately describe the potential of connected equipment to deliver services that can scale and act as in a trustworthy manner. With respect to this framework, DOE is committed to the core principles of working with and convening industry, minimizing the burden of characterization on stakeholders, separating characterization of connected equipment responses from communications and interoperability, and driving characterization via use cases and known (or potential) services. The purpose of this characterization framework is to engage industry on a voluntary basis.

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Building Energy Code Compliance Rates

u-s-department-of-energyThe Building Technologies Office (BTO) has awarded $6 million to fund projects that will:
* Measure current residential energy code compliance rate using a methodology that provides statewide results with 90% reliability.
* Implement an education, training, and outreach program designed to increase residential building energy code compliance.
* Measure the post-program residential building energy code compliance rate using the same methodology employed in the pre-program study.
* The projects will investigate whether investing in education, training, and outreach programs can produce a significant change in residential building code compliance rates. If these activities do produce significant change, non-government entities, particularly utilities, could be influenced to make substantial investments in similar programs.

The selectees, who will contribute a total of $1.2 million in cost share, are:
National Association of State Energy Officials (Arlington, VA)
Maryland Energy Administration (Annapolis, MD)
Appalachian State University (ASU) (Boone, NC)
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (Chicago, IL)
Institute for Market Transformation (Washington, DC)
Performance Systems Development (Ithaca, NY)
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (Atlanta, GA)

Learn more about BTO’s Building Energy Codes Program.

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Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

u-s-department-of-energyThe Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

The Energy Department today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

The projects announced today will generate data, case studies, and information intended to help commercial building owners adopt new energy efficient technologies, including advanced ventilation, building energy use optimization software, more efficient commercial refrigeration fan motors, and advanced lighting controls. The selected projects include:

enVerid Systems (Houston, Texas) – enVerid will retrofit building ventilation systems with modules that remove indoor air pollutants such as carbon dioxide. This enables the indoor air to be recycled while greatly reducing the amount of outside air ventilated into the building and reducing the loads on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Facilities could experience significant energy savings with this retrofit technology. Ten separate commercial building demonstrations will be conducted over 3 years.

BuildingIQ, Inc. (Foster City, California) – BuildingIQ will optimize HVAC energy use across commercial buildings using Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO), a cloud-based software application that runs on top of existing building automation systems. PEO uses data from weather forecasts, utility tariffs, demand response event signals, and occupant schedules to automatically adjust energy-consuming building systems. These adjustments are based on building-specific modeling that PEO uses over time employing building use data, as well as predictive algorithms and advanced control strategies. Sixteen separate building demonstrations will be conducted.

QM Power, Inc. (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) – QM Power has developed high efficiency 7-16 watt fan motors that are often used in commercial refrigeration systems. QM Power intends to install and demonstrate approximately 12,000 high efficiency fans in more than 50 grocery stores throughout the U.S., focusing on open display case retrofits that could result in significant efficiency improvements. If fully adopted, the motor application has the potential to achieve more than 0.6 quads in energy savings and reduce energy costs by $1 billion.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (Lexington, Massachusetts) – The project is designed to further the implementation of advanced lighting controls (ALCs), which turn off or dim lights when they are not in use. The project will demonstrate and evaluate two or more ALC technologies in 10 buildings, which should experience significant energy savings compared to a traditional lighting retrofit without controls. Designers and installers will be trained to use the technologies. The demonstration results will be used to support development of utility incentive programs to help further drive adoption of ACLs.

The Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. For more information on building technologies, visit the Building Technologies Office website.

Internet of Things Privacy Summit — Top Guns Meet in Silicon Valley

trust_the_internet2The one-day TRUSTe Powering Trust Event, Internet of Things Privacy Summit, was held this week at the Rosewood Hotel, Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, CA. The IoT Privacy Summit reads like a crash course attempt to catch government regulators up with the advanced privacy (and security) issues that the collection of big data, rampant emerging mobile technologies, and the after-the-tech style of regulating pose. One of the top agenda items was The Big Debate, which asked the million-dollar question, “Can We Have Privacy and the Internet of Things?” — Or, are they just plain mutually exclusive? TRUSTed Smart Grid offers an interesting solution to protect customer energy usage data (CEUD) for home security management systems, smart thermostats, smart appliances, energy management apps, and other services. Watch IoT Privacy Summit videos.

IoT Summit Part One

IoT Summit Part Two

IoT Summit Part Three

Iot Summit Part Four

IT Business Edge’s kachinaShaw-63 Kachina Shaw digs deeper: The TRUST Internet of Things Privacy Summit was held in Silicon Valley. The event brings together analysts, policy makers and technologists at a time when “regulators at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the European Commission, and other organizations are already looking at the privacy issues related to the Internet of Things.” Of course, all of those entities and more have been doing so for some time, but we have reached the point at which governmental regulation of this set of technologies will likely never catch up to its development pace, and industry controls are moving forward more quickly in an attempt to balance consumers’ demands and concerns with product and network providers’ market goals.

The data privacy management firm putting on the summit, TRUSTe, is building its reputation in the Internet of Things (IoT) space where, along with the Future of Privacy Forum think tank, it recently introduced the TRUSTed Smart Grid, a set of analyses and certifications for companies seeking to differentiate their smart devices and highlight their data collection and usage practices.

The summit event, which you can catch live streaming, is tackling a “big three” set of questions around privacy and the IoT: Big Data, mobile and regulation. The final discussion will attempt to answer the overarching question: “Can We Have Privacy and the Internet of Things?”

Since we clearly will have the IoT, it looks like the question to be answered will continue to be, can we have privacy? When TRUSTe performed consumer research earlier this year around the topic, it found that 59 percent of respondents said they did in fact know that smart devices like in-vehicle navigation systems and TVs could gather data about them. That number seems low and slightly surprising. Less surprising is the fact that only 22 percent of those folks feel the devices’ benefits would outweigh privacy concerns, and only 14 percent said they would be comfortable with advertisers having access to that data. Security vendor Fortinet found similar attitudes in its recent survey: Of 1,600 responding consumers, 70 percent said they were very concerned or somewhat concerned about seeing their sensitive info stolen through connected devices, according to a piece on The VAR Guy.

EPA Launches the 2014 National Building Competition — See the List of Competing Teams!

EnergyStarIt’s finally here! Last week U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 2014 National Building Competition. In addition to individual building competitors, this year’s battle features a new special theme: “Team Challenge!” At the end of the competition period, FEMP will recognize the highest-performing federal government building that participates in EPA’s 2014 competition.

EPA provides a suite of free technical and communication resources on the competition website that you can leverage for your own energy management efforts. Use these free tools, read stories from past competition winners, and follow #ESNBC for inspiration throughout the year. If you have any questions about the competition or using Portfolio Manager to measure, track, and report your building’s monthly energy consumption, please contact the Energy Star HelpDesk.

Let the games begin!

List of Competing Teams