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Broken Information Feedback Loops Prevent Good Building Energy Performance—Integrated Technological and Sociological Fixes Are Needed

  • Author(s): Brown, Karl
  • Arens, Edward
  • et al.

Proceedings of the 2012 ACEEE Summer Study (Panel 12 Paper 1123). Information feedback loops for building performance range from the long-term—including university education of building designers; to the short term—including building occupants seeking to manage their environment with operable windows and thermostats, to building controls themselves on a time scale of seconds or minutes. In between are owners seeking to make informed renovation and retrofit decisions on a time scale of years, and operators looking for ongoing commissioning opportunities on a time scale of hours to months. Unfortunately all of these feedback loops are often broken, with meaningful convenient performance information typically unavailable for decision-making. We examine the current typical disconnects for each of the feedback loops, their interactions, and potential solutions.

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