Our Energy and Environment theme is focused on enhancing the energy management of our buildings, the quality of air we breathe in, and the wider cleanliness and sustainability of our city.
- Building Retrofit
- We are connecting closed systems via sensors and cloud services to provide on-demand response equipment, as well as energy and environmental data that will improve occupancy wellbeing and deliver significant cost savings. This is particularly important as we transform Manchester into a smart city, where the focus is on connecting existing assets rather than building a smart city from scratch.
- Smart Facilities Management
- We are working to help commercial landlords as well as local authorities who are managing public spaces, including libraries and town halls, by enhancing the facilities management process in areas such as building regulation compliance, workspace optimisation and cleaning.
- Firstly, our Compliance Cost Reduction use case is focused on addressing the high costs faced by building landlords to comply with regulations regarding legionella disease in water piping. By automating this monitoring process, we are not only improving health and safety but also saving costs and reducing wasted water. Traditional manual techniques are replaced with connected devices, taking real-time data readings on pipe temperature which feed into a dashboard for remote access. This application can crucially bring significant efficiencies to public-run buildings.
- Our Workplace Occupancy platform meanwhile aims to tackle the issue that the UK national average office space utilisation is just 40-50% occupancy. Through this deployment we are installing connected devices that constantly monitor occupancy of meeting rooms and hot-desks in buildings, to drive building optimisation. It means building owners can make informed decisions on future space utilisation and design, while the real-time data availability can make huge improvements to employees working in the building by reducing the time they spend looking for a vacant hot-desk or meeting room. With the IoT sensors also monitoring temperature, humidity, noise, light, and air quality, it means the building environment can be better managed and help contribute to healthy building benefits.
- Finally, our Smart Cleaning use case aims to address the high expenses in relation to cleaning. By combining multiple sensor-driven data feeds, in areas including occupancy, customer feedback, bin levels and proof of cleaner attendance, we are working to dramatically improve the effectiveness and efficiency of cleaning services. Specifically, we can help reduce wasted time for cleaners by avoiding them cleaning areas that haven’t been used, and helping them to react in a timely manner to cleaning issues as they occur which will improve customer service. Additionally, the data collected will help predict cleaning patterns and create flexible and agile working practices, which will mean cleaning staff could work across multiple buildings in nearby locations.
- Next Generation Building Management System
- Energy storage forms an important part of the next-generation building management systems chain, which ultimately requires smart buildings and a smart grid to deliver a smart city. Through this deployment we are exploring how to better manage energy consumption, by reassessing the storage of energy, reducing reliance on the energy grid at peak times and being able to accurately predict next day energy demand.
- Air Quality Monitoring
- We are working to demonstrate how providing high quality air monitoring devices can deliver real-time data at a reasonable cost. This can be collated to help make decisions that have a lasting and positive impact on traffic and transportation, health and exercise as well as the environment.
These are snapshots of the use cases we’re building around Energy and Environment t. Get in touch if you have an idea or want to get involved.