BUILDING AS A LEARNING TOOL : FACILITY MANAGEMENT AND SIMULATION IN THE CLASSROOM
Steve Morlino, Rodney Williams, Edward Brzezowski
“Building as a Learning Tool” is a work in progress that uses a facility management portal that provides energy data from a building’s electric and gas meters in an easy-to-read, near real-time, web-based format. The data are displayed on gauges that resemble those found on an automobile dashboard. This organization and manipulation of data never before possible aids in the rapid interpretation of a building’s energy use, permits comparisons to simulations of how the building operates under different conditions, and provides an opportunity to assess the impact that changes or repairs to the building have on energy usage. In addition to improving building performance in the Newark Public School District, Building as a Learning Tool allows students to learn how a school building can and should perform under various operating conditions.
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