Avoid This Mistake: Using Fault Detection and Diagnostics in Buildings
Posted on May 12, 2023 by Scott Papay
Commercial Building Maintenance and Analytics
Are you tired of having efficient, comfortable and well-maintained commercial buildings? Do you enjoy the thrill of unexpected equipment failures and skyrocketing energy bills? If so, then don't bother with building automation analytics!
Why bother with data-driven decision-making when you can rely on guesswork and intuition? After all, who needs to know the actual performance of their facility's equipment when you can simply wait for it to break down and then shell out tons of money for repairs?
And why bother with energy efficiency when you can just crank up the heat and blast the air conditioning all day long? Who cares about the environment when you can enjoy the sweet, sweet feeling of wasting money and resources?
Sure, building automation analytics can help you identify areas for improvement and optimize your building's performance, but who needs all that extra information? Why bother trying to make your facility better when you can just stick with the status quo and hope for the best?
Lastly, what's the fun in letting software tell you what to do? You're the boss, after all. Why not rely on your own expertise and make decisions based on your own experience? Building automation analytics are for people who don't trust themselves, and who needs that kind of negativity in their life?
So, if you're looking for a way to make your life more stressful and unpredictable, then ignore building automation analytics. Stick with your gut instincts and see how that works out for you. After all, why bother with progress when you can just keep doing things the same old way?
Now that we've had our fun, let's get serious.
Fault Detection and Diagnostics
As technology continues to advance, so does the way in which we approach commercial building automation maintenance. The traditional approach to maintenance has been task-based, meaning that maintenance is performed at scheduled intervals regardless of whether or not any issues are present. However, with the advent of fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) engines, a new approach has emerged that is changing the way in which we maintain buildings.
Conditional-based commercial building maintenance is a new and innovative way to maintain building automation systems that is gaining momentum in the industry. This approach utilizes a FDD platform to identify potential issues in building automation systems before they become major problems. This engine constantly monitors the system and uses algorithms to detect any changes in the system's performance or behavior. When an issue is detected, the tool will alert the maintenance team, allowing them to address the issue before it becomes a major problem.
So why is this approach superior to traditional task-based maintenance? For starters, conditional-based maintenance is much more efficient than traditional maintenance. With task-based maintenance, maintenance teams are required to perform maintenance tasks at scheduled intervals, regardless of whether or not any issues are present. This means that resources are often wasted on tasks that are not needed, leading to increased maintenance costs and unnecessary time.
Conditional-based maintenance, on the other hand, only requires maintenance when there is a potential issue. This means that resources are used much more efficiently, leading to reduced maintenance costs. Additionally, because potential issues are detected early, there is less downtime required for repairs, meaning that buildings are operational more often.
Another benefit of conditional-based maintenance is that it is much more effective than traditional maintenance. With task-based maintenance, it is often difficult to detect potential issues until they become major problems. This means that maintenance teams are often reacting to problems rather than preventing them.
With conditional-based maintenance, potential issues are detected early, allowing maintenance teams to address them before they become major problems. This proactive approach not only reduces downtime but also extends the lifespan of building automation systems, leading to significant cost savings in the long run.
That's where LONG Building Technologies comes in.
Impact Driven Service
Impact Driven Service is a unique approach to commercial building automation maintenance that focuses on the condition-based maintenance of building systems, rather than traditional task-based maintenance. At the core of this service is our advanced FDD engine, which helps detect and diagnose problems before they become critical issues.
Our Impact Driven Service delivery model leverages advanced analytics to monitor and analyze the condition of a building's systems, detecting any issues that arise and providing a more targeted approach to maintenance. This approach allows for more efficient maintenance schedules, reducing costs, improving comfort, and minimizing downtime.
One of the key advantages of our unique building analytics engine is its ability to collect and analyze data in real-time. The system can identify trends and patterns in the data, allowing our expert technicians and energy engineers to pinpoint potential issues before they become critical. This proactive approach can help prevent equipment failures, reduce repair costs, optimize comfort, and improve energy efficiency.
Another advantage of Impact Driven Service is its flexibility. The service can be customized to meet the specific needs of your facility, ensuring that maintenance is tailored to the building's unique requirements. This approach helps to maximize the lifespan of the building's systems, reducing the need for costly replacements.
Impact Driven Service by is a game-changer in the world of commercial building maintenance. By leveraging an advanced fault detection and diagnostics platform and a proactive approach to maintenance, Impact Driven Service can reduce costs, increase efficiency, and extend the lifespan of building systems. If you’re looking for peak performance for your commercial building, the real mistake would be not utilizing Impact-Driven Service. Contact us to get started.
Scott is responsible for leading all sales efforts for the controls business unit at LONG headquarters. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and served in the United States Navy as an Engineering Watch Supervisor before moving on to management positions at Bailco Service Corporation, Johnson Controls, Tiernam & Patrylo and Trane. He has been with LONG since 2009 and is LEED AP-NC, FE and Six Sigma Black Belt certified. In his free time, Scott enjoys CrossFit, spending time with his family and outdoor activities including hiking, camping, hunting and golfing.