Complexity and Performance of Research Facilities

Guy Boyd, Arizona State University

This presentation builds on past conference presentations on building complexity measurements and energy performance. Previous research has been updated with new data, statistical research, lessons learned from case studies for specific energy conservation measures in complex laboratory facilities. Learning objectives will be how facility complexity can be measured as total software and hardware points per square foot, Energy performance statistical relationships to building complexity, and time series case study of ASU ISTB-4 and Biodesign Institute with EUI data.

Another update to this presentation is the introduction of Biodesign C, which was presented by AEI at last year's conference, with building model, measured EUI, and an explanation of interaction of complexity to performance. Closing will be questioning what the future of increasing complexity means to building performance in the built environment. The presentation includes past, current, and future DOE research projects focused on optimized integration of building hardware and software points for cloud based behind the meter demand-based load shed control opportunities.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how building complexity can be measured as a total control system point count divided by square footage;
  • Analyze the significance of the interaction between building complexity and energy performance as p values using analysis of variation methods;
  • Identify various building system components required for operation of complex research facilities with specialized space needs including cleanrooms, mineral digestion, corrosive, radioisotope, BSL-3, and general laboratory exhaust; and
  • Plan to evaluate current and future building complexities for optimizing performance.


Guy Boyd is the Laboratory and Safety Manager for Arizona State University School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering. He has 16 years of experience working in research facilities management. M.Ed. M.Sc. IFMA CFM, WELL AP.


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