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Once the EMIS was in place and providing benefits,
organizations with top management buy-in tended to
receive stable funding for their MBCx process year
to year. In other organizations, the cost of MBCx and
the EMIS software needed to be justified annually.
One organization created a detailed business case
documenting the degradation of savings in their
portfolio after EBCx and the resulting benefits when
MBCx processes were used (Gregory 2015).
Figure 14 illustrates three different areas of support
that owners may obtain from service providers. The
most limited support for in-house staff is installation
support from EMIS vendors or service providers, and
most often this level is included in the product base
cost. Additional support in prioritizing and reviewing
the output of the EMIS can be provided by EMIS
vendors or MBCx service providers. The highest level
of assistance includes on-the-ground implementation
support for corrective actions and verification of
savings by an MBCx service provider.
This expansion in services offers potential to
increase access to the technology and its associated
benefits for a new class of owners who otherwise may
not be using it due to the lack of in-house staff time or
expertise to implement an MBCx process.
EMIS achievable for building owners that do not have
large in-house facility teams. Some service providers
are national organizations, but most are likely to serve
regional markets, as they are the outgrowth of regional
engineering firms.
Once established across a portfolio, FDD fault
alerts can number in the hundreds or even thousands,
therefore there is the need to filter and prioritize.
While numerous FDD
Many owners value the
software platforms
role of MBCx service
have built-in estimation
providers in highlighting of the energy cost of
the most important
each fault to use as a
measures for immediate
means of prioritization,
action and diagnosing
many owners value the
role of MBCx service
the root cause of faults
providers in highlighting
the most important measures for immediate action
and diagnosing the root cause of faults. In some
cases, the owner might seldom access their EMIS
directly, only reviewing the service provider’s summary
reports. FDD users were most active in implementing
findings when they had support from MBCx service
providers in analyzing and prioritizing faults, and when
a routine process was in place for following up on
faults with operations teams.
FIGURE 14: Support options for the ongoing use of EMIS
EMIS Installation and

Integrate data from a
variety of sources

Check data quality

Develop diagnostic rules

Configure EMIS user
Ongoing EMIS Data

Prioritze findings
Review BAS data to
determine root cause
Develop summary reports
and action plans
Corrective Action and

Troubleshoot isses onsite

Track corrective actions

Verifty faults have been
Estimate energy and cost
Increasing levels of support from MBCx service providers to operations staff
Berkeley Lab | Proving the Business Case for Building Analytics

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