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Integrated water systems of The Grove Library: Optimisation via data analysis from an Automated Building Management System (BMS)

Khakbaz, Gelareh (2013) Integrated water systems of The Grove Library: Optimisation via data analysis from an Automated Building Management System (BMS). Other thesis, Murdoch University.

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This study is an attempt to uncover the underlying operation and maintenance issues in sustaining the operation of an automated green building with focus on its water systems. The Grove Library is a public building in Peppermint Grove, Western Australia, with smart design aimed to address environmentally sustainable concepts in their entirety.

A sophisticated Building Management System (BMS) integrates the operation of the entire Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) systems in operation at The Grove. However a number of continual breakdowns in the operation of the ESD water systems, namely wastewater, rainwater and irrigation systems, lead to high levels of disappointment for the people managing and operating these systems. This is the first time that data have been extracted from the BMS. Prior to this study, it was possible to quantify the performance of any of the ESD water systems. This has resulted in the inability of external contractors to monitor the ESD systems’ operation.

This study discussed the factors contributing to this situation using data analysis as the main method for troubleshooting and investigating the causes to these breakdowns. Upon achieving a good understanding of the situation, the recommendations were able to be formulated.

It was found that the current situation with the ESD water systems at The Grove is a consequence of some interrelated factors forming a ‘vicious circle’. The ESD systems, their maintenance, the BMS and the management were the key factors identified as responsible for the issues in The Grove. The recommendations produced in this study were mainly on the technical side of the problem, that is, the BMS, ESD water systems and their maintenance. In order to overcome the issues at The Grove this relationship among these factors should be recognised and established.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Anda, Martin
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