Operational management & energy management
It is not just the condition of the building envelope and building materials used that has an impact on the energy efficiency of buildings and districts. In addition to structural aspects and user behaviour, optimised operation and the improved energy management of both building energy systems and heating and cooling networks offer considerable savings potential. Modern methods for optimising the operational management of buildings have long been a subject of research. New requirements arise through the necessary optimised integration of plants in energy systems for supplying districts – for example, efficient cooling plants and heat pumps.
In larger building complexes, energy savings of up to 30 per cent can be achieved through just using control-based optimisation measures. A current research theme is therefore the online operation monitoring of complex buildings and properties – automated and linked to the building management systems. This helps to identify and correct malfunctioning individual technical components and problems in the operation management.