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September 2014         

Chatting with
Michigan State University's
Dave Erickson

With their successful Spartan Green Program and a Better Buildings Challenge Showcase project, MSU is a leader in sustainability. The university's EH&S Manager, an avid Advisor Services user, recently took some time to share his experiences with Advisor along with his favorite analytics.
Aircuity: What features of Advisor are you using most often?
Dave: I am using the Dashboard, Smart Notifications and Graphing & Exporting.

Aircuity:How is Advisor helping to support your everyday job functions?
Dave: I go through each building on a daily basis and look at the dashboard. We look at TVOC levels in the lab using both the PID and MOS sensor data, particles and average occupied and unoccupied ACH. If a big TVOC event is displayed, that event will be investigated.

Aircuity:Can you share how you are currently utilizing Smart Notifications?
Dave: We have set the TVOC threshold to 10ppm. The notifications are sent to me and the Chemical Safety Officer, as backup. When we partnered with a lab we also had included the PI for that lab on the notifications. That was great because he could go right into the lab and see what was going on.Typically when I investigate a higher than usual TVOC level, it is the result of someone cleaning off a bench with alcohol or a similar event.

Aircuity:What do you feel the biggest benefit of Summary Reports is?
Dave: The Summary Reports are a nice way to demonstrate to management the events that have occurred.

Aircuity: Thanks Dave!

Manage your data...

Don't let your data manage you!

One of the things we hear all the time is – ‘what do I do with all the information I get out of OptiNet and Advisor?  I can’t hire a person just to look at all this data…’

We couldn’t agree more – manage your data don’t let it manage you.  That is one of the key benefits of Advisor.  You do not have to spend time scanning hundreds or thousands of data points, for half a dozen or a dozen parameters – Advisor does that for you!
The reason people want to collect this type of data is to see what is going on with their systems. 
  • Are there events occurring that require attention? 
  • Are systems drifting from their norm? 
  • How do conditions today compare to last year, or when the system was first started up?
The information in Advisor has already been analyzed to present the Peak and/or Average value in hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or annual intervals.
  • Smart Notifications alert you to events on an hourly or daily basis while
  • Summary reports show snap-shots of building performance over weekly and monthly intervals. 
These pro-active tools are configured to provide users the information relevant to them, based on the criteria that make it worthy of their attention.  No Notifications, nothing to investigate.  So rather than dive in to the Dashboard viewer looking for anomalies, leverage these tools to bring the important issues to your attention loaded with all the information you might need to investigate further. 
  • What type of event is it?
  • What spaces are impacted?
  • When did it occur?
  • How severe was it? 

You can then use the Dashboard viewer and Graphing tool to determine how wide spread an event is, how long it lasted, and what the average or peak severity was. The Dashblocks are designed to highlight areas of concern through color-coding, comparisons to previous periods and other spaces all in the basic view.  Several of the Dashboard analyze multiple spaces and/or parameters to show you what you need to focus on without having to figure it out by yourself.

2014 I2SL Conference Recap 
Crowds Converge in Orlando with One Mission on their Minds: Green Labs

I2SL 2
The 2014 International Institute for Sustainable Labs Conference was a huge success. Attendance showed that more than ever people are recognizing the importance of enhancing sustainability in their labs. Presentations, open forums and working groups were held over three days addressing such topics as carbon neutrality, labs users and behaviors, Gordon Sharp’s ROI tool overview, third party financing, energy efficiency fume hoods, renovations, and the University of California, Irvine presented an update on their award winning Smart Labs Initiative. One resounding theme heard throughout many sessions was the deep energy savings possible through airside efficiency.

UCI Smart Labs: How to Apply it at Your Facilities
Wendell Brase, University of California, Irvine
Matthew Gudorf, University of California, Irvine

Wendell Brase, UCI’s Vice Chancellor for Administrative & Business Services, and Campus Energy Manager, Matt Gudorf gave an update on their Smart Labs Initiative, sharing their progress and providing insights on how other labs owners can replicate their success.  The overview included information on the role demand control ventilation plays as a core driver of energy savings. During the Q&A attendees asked for advice on how to get past road blocks at their institutions. Matt and Wendell shared suggestions to help them build their lab energy reduction process.

Chemistry Labs; The New Math Changes Everything
Greg Muth, Wilson Architects
Betsy Blunt, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Chemistry Labs are some of the most energy intensive facilities on any institution’s campus and with the increased focus on sustainability, organizations are recognizing that something has to change. With the introduction of new ventilation technologies such as low flow fume hood, demand control ventilation and innovative filter technologies, the assumptions that we used to make about designing chemistry labs are being stood on their ears. Several recent lab projects using these new technologies were examined including a new lab using Aircuity at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, explained by the university’s senior lab planner, Betsy Blunt.

Click here to read about additional sessions.

Aircuity Events
Join us at one of the events below to learn more about the opportunities for deep energy savings through the growing category of airside efficiency.

Aircuity Booth

Higher Education Facilities Forum
October 5-7
Palm Springs, CA

Big Ten and Friends Mechanical &
Energy Conference

October 12 - 15
Iowa City, IA

AALAS 65th National Meeting
October 19 - 23
San Antonio, TX

TUFF Educational Facilities
Best Practices Summit

November 3 - 4
Atlanta, GA

Tradeline: College & University
Science Facilities

November 17 - 18
Scottsdale, AZ

Tradeline: Animal Research Facilities
November 20 - 21
Scottsdale, AZ
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