University of Iowa Pentacrest

University of Iowa Pentacrest

UI Fault Detection & Diagnostics program


APPA 2018 Effective & Innovative Practices Award Winner

In 2014, University of Iowa (UI) Facilities Management began studying a growing evolution in building systems management - Fault Detection and Diagnostics technology (FDD). After visiting Microsoft’s Redmond Campus and seeing the substantial impact FDD had on their facilities operation, the UI embarked on a groundbreaking and large-scale effort to implement FDD in a campus environment. Since March 2017, FDD has been implemented in 49 buildings across the UI campus.

The UI’s FDD program collects and stores building data and then alerts operators and engineers when systems begin to drift out of optimal conditions.  The result is early detection, diagnosis and correction of system inefficiencies.

Katie Rossmann, manager, Data Analytics and Commissioning, says, “In the first year of implementation, UI’s FDD program addressed 330 work orders related to FDD, which resulted in over $750,000 in realized energy savings.  By addressing issues when they first begin to drift, FM is able to plan and schedule the work before it becomes a comfort issue for our students or an emergency call that impacts the campus learning environment.” 

"Facilities Management receives Effective and Innovative Practices Award," Iowa Now, 08/17/18.

Read the APPA award submission