ASHRAE has voted to fund research designed to help engineers and designers use building data to improve building operations. Readers ofEngineered Systemsare familiar with using data as Howard McKew touches on this in his B2B column.

According to a news release from ASHRAE, Research Project 1633, “Data and Interfaces for Advanced Building Maintenance and Operation,” will result in development of a set of standard data-driven metrics, interfaces and dashboards for advanced building operation and management.

This project and 1580-RP, “Study of Input Parameters for Risk Assessment of 2L Flammable Refrigerants in Residential Air Conditioning and Small Commercial Refrigeration Applications,” and 1613-RP, “Update Climatic Design Data in Chapter 14 of the 2013 Handbook, Fundaments,” sponsored by TC 4.2, Climatic Information, awarded to Numerical Logistics Inc. were approved at the AHSRAE Winter Conference.

The total of projects is $430,000. Visit ASHRAE’s websitefor more information.