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Black-box models for fault detection and performance monitoring of buildings

: Jacob, D.; Dietz, S.; Komhard, S.; Neumann, C.; Herkel, S.


Journal of building performance simulation 3 (2010), No.1, pp.53-62
ISSN: 1940-1493
ISSN: 1940-1507
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISE ()

Black-box models such as linear regression have proven to be helpful in ongoing building commissioning in many ways. The aim of this work is to improve linear models with change point for fault detection in buildings. Building simulations revealed poor performance of them (R2 < 0.7) for some low energy buildings. The regression models (RMs) can be considerably improved by introducing the rate of change of the indoor air temperature (Tind) as an independent variable. Thus, R2 values were raised by up to 0.5 (e.g. from 0.2 to 0.7, example with the lowest R2). A new training and application process for the RMs revealed further improvements by using a hierarchical agglomerative clustering algorithm to determine different day-types as additional (categorical) variables in the RM. The application of these improved RMs for outlier detection is demonstrated in three buildings.