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Please join us on Tuesday, February 25th at 11:30 am

Who Knew There Were So Many Wrong Ways to Install Submeters?

Presented by
Paul F. Hutchins, PhD, PE, CEM

In the energy management industry data is king. Models and estimates are convincing, but there is nothing more powerful that real data. Without meaningful, reliable energy use data, how can one manage energy consumption and meet energy reduction goals? Metering energy use has grown tremendously over the last decade and there are lots of data being generated. Have you ever wondered how much of this data are useful?
One of our clients installs at least eight submeters in every new building or major renovation. One of our studies was to investigate and compare the energy use of five of these metered buildings. All buildings had been operating for at least a year and had energy use data that was recorded on their Building Automation Systems, which we accessed remotely. This presentation discusses the many submetering installation problems we discovered during our investigation and what to do to improve this process.

Dr. Hutchins is a Vice President in the Aerospace and Defense Program and Leader of the Sustainable Solutions Services Group. Currently he serves as Project Officer on a wide variety of building energy-focused projects. Dr. Hutchins has also participated in all facets of energy-related projects including building energy modeling, web-based utility use and cost database development, web-based utility use monitoring, building assessments, energy analysis, energy saving project evaluation, cost estimating, economic evaluation and project management. Dr. Hutchins is a recognized expert in the use of building energy simulation programs, including eQuest, Trane Trace 700, System Analyzer and EnergyPlus.

Dr Hutchins has over forty years of experience, as project officer and project manager of energy-related projects with RS&H. Representative clients include:

  • Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Lee, VA
  • The Exchange (AAFES), Dallas, TX
  • The Trane Company, White Bear, MN
  • 7-Eleven Corporation, Dallas, TX
  • United Technologies Aerospace Systems, Jacksonville, FL
  • US Department of State, Washington, DC
  • NAVFAC SE, Jacksonville, FL
  • US Army Energy Office, Washington, DC
  • American Express Company, NYC, NY
  • Albuquerque District COE, Albuquerque , NM
  • Professional Credentials
  • AEE and CEM
  • Tau Beta Pi–Honorary Engineering Society
  • Pi Kappa Phi–Honorary Scholastic Society
  • Sigma Pi Sigma–Honorary Physics Society Awards
  • Federal Energy and Water Management Award
  • Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Certificate of Commendation
  • DeCA Director Coin of Excellence
  • Outstanding Contribution, US Army Energy Program Publications
  • Re-Commissioning and Real-Time Monitoring of Energy Savings, “Energy Engineering” Vol. 106, No. 5, 2009.
  • Savings from Re- Commissioning and Beyond, “Energy Engineering”, Vol. 109, No. 4, 2012.
  • Automated Ongoing Commissioning via Building Control Systems, “Energy Engineering”, Vol. 113, No. 1, 2016.

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811 Barton Springs Rd., Room 309
Austin, TX 78704

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San Antonio, Texas 78232

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