How will we Tune Building Systems in the Near Future?

November 13, 2019

Building tuning is an important part of delivering high-performing new buildings. It is also a “must-have” on existing buildings when looking for significant improvements in energy efficiency, HVAC system performance and occupant satisfaction.


John Bourne, A.G. Coombs Advisory


“Air-conditioning systems can consume over 50% of energy in buildings. Tuning HVAC systems to enable them to work properly is the ‘first best’ money you can spend to improve energy efficiency in a building.”


At the recent AIRAH Future of HVAC Conference in Brisbane A.G. Coombs Advisory’s John Bourne delivered a paper setting out a vision for the effective tuning of buildings for optimal performance. John describes how this is changing with access to more data and advanced cloud-based analytics capabilities addressing:

  • How will building tuning evolve as operational analytics, IoT devices and cloud computing capabilities become common practice – and the amount of information we have, increases exponentially?
  • How will this influence other aspects of building operations such as maintenance services and life-cycle asset management?

The paper steps through the various phases of the building tuning process and identifies where expected developments in technology will change the way we tune and optimise our buildings.

Find the paper as published in Equilibrium at https://www.airah.org.au/Content_Files/EcoLibrium/2019/11-19-Eco-technical-paper.pdf

For more information on A.G. Coombs leading capabilities in tuning building systems for optimal performance, energy efficacy and life cycle go to: https://www.agcoombs.com.au/what-we-do/sustainability/

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