The fight against climate change is a team sport. We need to come together and combine our expertise if we want to stand a chance of making a dent in global carbon emissions.When it comes to running energy efficient buildings, this couldn’t be more true. There are many stakeholders involved, who bring knowledge and expertise from a wide variety of perspectives.Energy data alone doesn’t cut it. It very often calls for the context that relies on more anecdotal or subjective information that has been built up over many years and sits in areas of the business other than the sustainability team. The problem is this information is stored in notepads, emails, ticketing systems or even worse, inside people's heads.That’s why we’ve built Data Point Annotations.Our brand new feature is embedded throughout the platform and allows all users to add information about particular anomalies, outliers, events, variances or anything else worth sharing.
The last blog in our Net Zero Carbon Buildings series looked at where to begin with net zero carbon buildings. We found that good energy data and energy efficiency was the place to start and had some tips for overcoming common data challenges.This time, we’re moving on to look at how best to analyse that energy data once you’ve got it, and what it can tell you about the buildings you manage. Here’s our roundup of the five key energy analysis techniques we think you should pay most attention to.
Degree days are the most underused performance metrics in energy data analysis. Simultaneously, they are widely misunderstood and therefore misused.Weather conditions are the most influential factor when it comes to the variability of energy use in buildings. Even in a moderate climate such as the UK’s, changes in the requirement for heating and cooling typically accounts for 50%-70% of the variation in usage over the course of a typical year. In other words, regardless of everything else that’s going on inside or outside our buildings, changes in weather account for nearly all fluctuations we see day to day, week to week or month to month. If you’re not going to use degree days for your energy data analysis, then you may as well be blindfolded. It would be like going on a diet but not tracking how much you eat.
Data-driven insights from Internet of Things (IoT) devices are enabling energy and sustainability experts to make better-informed decisions like never before. Energy use within buildings is inherently variable, and until recently, even the brightest minds were in the dark when it came to explaining fluctuations in usage, due to the long list of factors that can cause a building’s energy usage to change seemingly at random. Having a fundamental understanding of how a building uses energy and what causes it to change is essential to optimising performance in the long term.
Every experienced energy and sustainability professional who reads this blog, knows of course, that the first step of implementing energy management solutions, is acquisition of the building consumption data. This process, involves cooperation between different industry groups, and can often be long, complicated and costly.In my last blog, I have shared my thoughts on why it is so important to access the right data when developing your Net Zero Carbon programme.Lets dive deeper into the challenging process of energy data acquisition, and discuss ways to make it easier, more effective and more cost efficient.
It is a particularly lovely, sunny day to be inside, staring at computer screens. Of course, it could be none other than for PyData that we do this. PyData London is an annual event for beginners, experts and industry professionals alike, where we all convene to listen and learn about the latest developments on the data science frontier.
As more partners and clients approach us about more pro-active means to monitor the efficiency of buildings, let's look at how data from building management systems (BMS) can serve as the foundation for analysing buildings in deeper and more insightful ways.
This is a continuation of a previous blog featuring a critical look on current developments in the proptech industry, sparked by a recent visit to the Future: PropTech event.If I was ever going to shoot a futuristic movie, it would probably be called something along the lines of “Rise of the Platforms” (there goes any hope I may have ever held out for a successful movie making career, I know). The trend in the proptech industry is definitely to try to cover an increasing number of use cases and data domains, and platforms are the traditional “delivery mode” for this.
No-one said it would be easy. But did it have to be this hard? At least it’s hard AND fun at the same time.Here are the seven lessons of building optimisation that we learned during the years since the founding of Fabriq - so you don't have to!
Good quality data is essential for monitoring and tracking energy and resource consumption. From a single site to large property portfolios, data is aggregated and collected from a variety of sources, including utilities, sub-meters, manual readings and internal systems. With advances in technology it is becoming easier to collect data, but the reliability and completeness of this information is often hidden unless advanced analysis is carried out on a frequent basis.
EnergyDeck has joined Utilidex's utilidex50 offering. Utilidex aims to deliver EnergyDeck integrated with their inMotion solution both in the UK as well as the Australian and New Zealand markets. inMotion significantly reduces the integration challenge for energy retailers and allows them to deploy value added services to their customers within a short time frame.
“Our vision for the utilidex50 is to attract innovative offerings that can easily plug into the utilidex platform,” commented Richard Brys, CEO, “We want to attract high calibre companies into the space, allowing them to deliver their innovations and ideas to the wider energy community and in particular to utilities who wish to adapt their business models and offerings. EnergyDeck is a great fit for this initiative. Led by a high calibre management team, EnergyDeck has a vision to truly re-shape the way customers interact with their energy consumption to significantly reduce costs and their carbon footprint. We support EnergyDeck wholeheartedly in this endeavour and want our utility customers and their end customers to benefit from the offering.”
We've been keeping busy over the summer (if that's what you want to call it) and added a host of new features and upgrades to the EnergyDeck platform which we're excited to share today!
The first change you will notice is a new and improved UI, resulting in a much cleaner and more focused interface. But the changes aren't just cosmetic and we've made sure to improve accessibility as well, e.g. of the visualisation options in the navigator and charts.