Using Data to Manage Energy and Operation

Jim Coogan, Siemens

Controlling energy use requires active management. Active management depends on effective reporting. A customized package of reports helps the building management staff track performance, identify anomalies, and find opportunities. The information supports action, ranging from maintenance and repair to minor renovation. The information also supports ongoing efforts of the laboratory workers to use the building efficiently.

This talk will present the package of reports and associated maintenance tasks applied at one chemical research facility. It describes the inputs (e.g., energy meters, HVAC sensors, and other data sources) processes, and output reports that constitute the package.


Jim Coogan, P.E., is a principal in product development and applications at Siemens Building Technologies. He has 25 years of experience designing microprocessor-based controls for mechanical systems, with 20 of those spent in the HVAC industry. He has participated in development HVAC control products ranging from simple room controllers to Internet-based operator interfaces resulting in several patents. Mr. Coogan is very active in several ASHRAE Technical Committees. He is a current member of the AIHA committee updating the Z9.5 Standard: Laboratory Ventilation. Mr. Coogan participates in various programs for Labs21. His publications include technical papers on room pressurization and laboratory system commissioning. Mr. Coogan earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.