The innovations that excite me the most around technology in the built environment are around Fault, Detection & Diagnostics (FDD) and Predictive Maintenance.
During the operational phase of a building, equipment and systems will naturally degrade over time. This degradation reduces their efficiency and increases the number of faults associated with them, which in turn increases the energy consumption and carbon footprint of the building. FDD software not only allows for these faults to be detected, but also diagnosed in real-time. By providing diagnostic reports on the root-causes of faults, FDD software enables early action to achieve important energy savings.
FDD software is even able to predict faults before they occur, which brings a whole new level of efficiency to maintenance planning for operations teams. FDD provides an accurate audit of the ‘actual’ and ‘avoidable’ energy savings within a building, and as ESG and sustainability targets take center stage, the need to accurately report on ‘actual’ energy savings will grow in importance.