A shift towards data-led energy management and more automated ‘smart’ functions is spear-heading a drive within the building services sector to lower carbon emissions, while reshaping traditional approaches to producing, managing and monitoring heat.
Potentially revolutionising the way we heat and cool our homes and businesses.
At a recent event in London, celebrating 70 years of manufacturers, Drayton Controls, Dr Howard Porter, chief executive for BEAMA (British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association), said he anticipates a fundamental and unprecedented change to the functionality of heating controls.
This, he believes, will be driven by a move towards data-led energy management and more automated ‘smart’ functions.
The Power of the Smart Meter
The continued roll out of smart meters in the UK was highlighted by Dr Porter as an example of the emerging importance of digital solutions in supporting more energy efficient heating.
Ensuring systems and appliances are interoperable and able to interact with different technologies is, he said, vital to realising the ambitions for truly smart buildings that can efficiently react to the needs of users.
New Ways with Energy
In order to meet the decarbonisation aims of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, which seeks to transform the UK to a low-carbon economy, industry will need to pursue a radically different path.
The government’s recent ‘Transfomring Heating’ plan sets out four potential solutions for lower carbon heating:
- Increasing the role of electrical heating
- Increasing the role of hydrogen in the gas grid
- Increasing the role of wet central heating systems that make use of biofuels and electric power
- Increasing the role of heat networks in urban areas
Remi Volpe, VP and GM of Schneider Electric, who bought Drayton Controls in 2015 said,
‘Integrating our products with smart metering technology will mean we’re able to offer more bespoke heating services in the home. We need to inform customers about the potential benefits of using data held within their smart meters to inform energy usage and system performance. We’re also looking at using diagnostics to determine the efficiency of appliances and provide preventative maintenance.’
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Our Energy Efficiency for Domestic Heating training course is a one day course aimed at domestic heating engineers, enabling them to “self certificate”, thereby meeting requirements of Building Regulations Part L.
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