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The Management of Building System Data


  • 5.1 Overview
  • 5.2 Lack of Planning
  • 5.3 Standardized Naming Conventions
  • 5.4 Data Mining
  • 5.5 Validation of Data
  • 5.6 Document Management
  • 5.7 Benefits of Data Management
  • 5.8 Practical Data Management Activities
  • 5.9 Dashboards: Transforming Data into Information.
  • 5.10 The Handoff Between a Newly Constructed Building and Building Operations; How Not To Fumble

A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention

—Herbert Simon, Economist, 1971


There's a lot of interest in the industry today about dashboards, especially energy-related dashboards. While dashboards are ultimately the user interface into building and energy data, very little attention has been given to the quality and management of the data behind the dashboards. Dashboards are somewhat like the cover of a book. The data is the book and the fundamental underpinning of the information provided to the user who's looking at the cover. The best designed most intuitive dashboards are useless if the dashboards utilize inaccurate or incomplete data.

Building system data must be viewed as an asset: it has value, is necessary for properly operating and maintaining the building, and it must be managed and treated as such. The question is how to get accurate, validated, and well organized data from our building systems that can be managed on an ongoing basis. What follows are some of the issues we face in managing building systems data.

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