April 25, 2019 BSUG: Sensor Suitcase
The Sensor Suitcase is a portable diagnostic toolkit with sensors that gather information about how a building operates. The result of a collaborative effort by PNNL, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), it serves as a tool to simplify and streamline the retro-commissioning process by enabling non-experts to identify energy-saving operational changes, while keeping the costs of this service low. Total energy cost savings for retro-commissioning are estimated to be 15 percent.

The service provider enters a commercial building with the sensor suitcase and a tablet computer. The tablet, on which the suitcase software application is installed, wirelessly communicates with the suitcase to guide the service provider/user through sensor installation. Sensors are placed in designated locations, some on lighting fixtures, others near thermostats, and still others on rooftop HVAC systems. Once installation is complete, the user exits the building site, leaving the sensors in place for 4-6 weeks.

When the sensors are configured during the installation process, data that identifies the building, the location at which the sensor is installed (e.g., the room name or number), and the type of measurement being taken – such as temperature of air coming out of a register, or when lights are on or off – are stored on the sensor. Throughout the measurement period, the sensor collects sensed data

At the end of the measurement period, the user simply collects the sensors and places them back into slots in the suitcase, from where the data are transferred to a computer for analysis. The user-friendly software then provides an output of recommended actions for reducing energy use, including expected costs savings.

Samuel Graham:

Samuel Graham is a serial entrepreneurial and energy sustainability professional. Mr. Graham has over 25 years’ experience in project management, cost estimating, conducting energy audits, energy roadmaps, and evaluating energy conversation projects. He has a master degree in Economics from Virginia State University, is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional, and is an Advisory Board member of Orange County, Florida Sustainability Advisory Board. Mr. Graham started his first company at age 31, an electronic engineering and manufacturing firm that developed and modified flight simulators and other training devices for the U.S. Government. In 1988, his firm was selected as NASA’s Small Business Contractor of the Year and Minority Business Contractor of the Year. Later, Mr. Graham worked in economic development creating minority business programs in Polk County, Florida and the City of Orlando. Also, he served as Vice President at Enterprise Florida, a statewide public/private partnership where he lead efforts to commercialize technology developed in Florida universities and colleges. For the past 11 years, Mr. Graham has been President/CEO of GreenPath Energy Solutions, an Orlando, Florida based project management firm that provides energy efficiency building solutions to private, public, and government commercial building owners and managers. GreenPath focuses on identifying low-and no-cost O&M based improvements – measures that do not require construction, disruption to an occupied building, or substantial capital investment. Since its inception, GreenPath has served on over 200 projects as a prime contractor and/or sub-consultant on totaling over $1 billion including, airport terminal renovations, electrical/ mechanical building systems upgrades, building commissioning, and LED lighting and energy retrofits. In 2015, Mr. Graham’s firm was recognized a Small Business Rising Star by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

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