Data Driven Operations at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jason Pope, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Shan Belew, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL has deployed extensive use of meters and sensors across its campus. The challenge of using the data from these field devices beyond reporting, to influence operations and investment decisions will be addressed. The use of commercial tools such as Lucid's BuildingOS, Johnson Control's building automation dashboards, and EnergyCAP, combined with PNNL-developed Decision Support for Operations and Maintenance (DSOM), and benchmarking with EnergyStar, allow energy practitioners to access the information needed to make strategic energy investment decisions, as well as daily operational improvements. Specific strategies and lessons-learned will be discussed including remote monitoring of fume hood sash position using exhaust sensors; occupancy sensor control of air handling units, variable air volume, and lighting; fault detection and diagnostics tools for monitoring core business hours, dampers, and VFDs; and strategies for energy dashboards, benchmarking, and real-time energy reduction tracking.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify opportunities for remote fume hood monitoring.
  • Understand multi-system daytime setback based on occupancy.
  • Identify opportunities for fault detection using existing building control data.
  • Understand how multiple commercial tools can work together to optimize campus operations.


Jason Pope is a Senior Engineer in the Energy Operations group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). At PNNL, Jason leads the effort towards High Performance and Sustainable Building certification for new and existing buildings using LEED and the Federal Guiding Principles. He is the lead on installation of campus meters and metering software capable of aggregating meter data from multiple systems in a single front end.

Mr. Belew is a Sustainability Engineer within the Facilities & Operations group. In this position, his work includes managing the Building Operations Control Center (BOCC). The BOCC is a portal for people to connect to intelligent infrastructure from the smart grid, down to buildings, systems and components. He is actively collaborating with R&D to achieve a PNNL intelligent campus and 'living laboratory'.


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