auditor may collect during an energy audit.
The development and implementation of the
HoQ tool was used to address the misalignment issues without being too cumbersome.
Two lab facilities, in the context of experimental case studies, were used to study whether or not the time spent planning yielded a
better project outcome. For each case study
building, both a typical audit and an audit
where the industry member participates in a
pre-audit planning activity were conducted.
Figure 1 shows the process used to study the
impact of the HoQ tool. While performing the
energy audits of the lab buildings, the industry members were shadowed by an embedded
researcher. The auditors were asked to “think
aloud”, describing the general process they
were implementing along with the data collected throughout the audit; while the embedded researcher collected video and audio
recordings. After completing the audit process, the industry members developed energy
audit reports that were delivered to the facility
owner for review.
The research investigated the impact of
participating in the HoQ pre-audit planning
activity. In analyzing the data collected, the
researcher looked at how the pre-audit planning activity impacted the overall audit process. Facility owner representatives evaluated
the audit reports to identify if the pre-audit
planning activity resulted in audit reports
with increased value.
The analysis revealed the HoQ tool effectively altered the energy auditors’ behavior
and that participating in the planning activity
reduced the amount of transition time (Figure
2). Transition time was defined as time wasted
walking from one location to another, or time
spent deliberating about where the auditors
should collect data next. Out of the 26 eval-
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Figure 2: Audit process analysis for Building 1 - Audit 1.
Figure 1: Case study research process.
BIM offers university tools and capabilities that support their
O&Ms and facilities management
uations performed by seven different facility
owner representatives, 23 demonstrated an
increase in value when the pre-audit planning
activity was utilized. Future research will take
a facility being retrofitted, which used the
HoQ study during the retrofit planning stage,
and perform a longitudinal study to look at
Tabitha L. Sprau Coulter has worked as a
mechanical engineer and an energy modeling
consultant. She recently received her PhD in
architectural engineering from Penn State Univ.
Coulter is currently an assistant professor in the
Civil Engineering Technology Dept. at Alfred
State and teaches courses in both the civil and
By: Matt Meyer, Senior Project Manager, JE
The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate how Building Information Modeling (BIM), created for a univer-
sity research lab facility, can be successfully
leveraged by an owner beyond initial building
construction. Through the example of the
new Univ. of Colorado at Boulder’s Jennie
Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, we
will illustrate how the university and facilities
management staff played an integral part of
the construction BIM coordination process.
The team achieved complete buy-in from the
owner staff as various research lab spaces were
coordinated through the use of BIM. The final
BIM, tied directly to the operations and man-
agement (O&M) digital documents, provided
an effective visual of the final building product
for the owner to utilize throughout the life of
Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) Jennie
Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building
A 336,000-sf multidisciplinary research
facility bringing together scientists from eight
university departments into one single collaborative and exploratory environment.
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