ObepME: An online building energy performance monitoring and evaluation tool to reduce energy performance gaps

M. Jradi*, K. Arendt, F. C. Sangogboye, C. G. Mattera, E. Markoska, M. B. Kjærgaard, C. T. Veje, B. N. Jørgensen

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A major challenge facing the buildings sector is the absence of continuous commissioning and the lack of performance monitoring and evaluation leading to buildings energy performance gaps between predicted and actual measured performance. Aiming to better characterize, evaluate and bridge these gaps, the paper proposes an online building energy performance monitoring and evaluation tool ObepME, serving as a basis for fault detection and diagnostics and forming a backbone for continuous commissioning. A calibrated building dynamic energy model is developed and employed to automatically run on a daily basis and simulate the building transient performance for the previous day. The simulated energy consumption results form a baseline to which the actual collected data are compared to evaluate the dynamic energy performance gap. The OU44 University building in Denmark is considered as a case study to implement the proposed framework. A holistic energy model was developed in EnergyPlus and calibrated employing data from various building meters, collected weather conditions, generated occupancy schedules and systems operational parameters and set-points. The calibrated model was employed in the ObepME tool to automatically and continuously monitor and evaluate the OU44 building energy performance, on the level of the whole building and individual energy systems consumption, throughout the period from February to mid-March 2017. The reported dynamic energy performance gap was around −2.85%, −3.47% and 5.48% for heating, total electricity and ventilation system electricity consumption. In addition, specific observations were made on a daily basis in terms of the overall electricity, heating, lighting and ventilation energy consumption as highlighted by the ObepME tool. The ObepME tool is currently running automatically as a part of the OU44 building continuous commissioning and performance evaluation aiming to identify possible discrepancies and deviations paving the way for a methodical preventive fault detection and diagnostics process on various levels in the building.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Pages (from-to)196-209
Publication statusPublished - 2018



  • Building energy
  • EnergyPlus
  • Measured energy data
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Online performance monitoring
  • Performance gap

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