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RP1026: Evaluation of Next-Generation Automated Fault Detection & Diagnostics Tools for Commercial Building Energy Efficiency

Project leader name: 
Dr Josh Wall
Project status: 
Project period: 
08/2015 to 12/2016

An estimated 40-50 per cent of Australia's commercial building energy consumption (46 Mt CO2-eq. p.a.) is attributed to ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Emerging automated fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) tools are poised to facilitate significant energy savings and emissions reductions from commercial HVAC systems, however, with numerous commercial product offerings and delivery models, it is often difficult for the end user to determine which solutions offer the most value in terms of actual energy savings, implementation cost, ease of use etc.

This project will undertake a rigorous and systematic independent evaluation of the potential costs and benefits of emerging automated FDD tools through comprehensive real-world demonstrations, to determine their efficacy across a range of commercial building types and HVAC systems.