The electrical bills in buildings can sometimes be astronomical to the point where users are being charged in areas they are not aware of, these areas include, phase in-balance, harmonics, reactive power, power factor correction (PFC) and neutral currents.
In addition to this how often do we leave things on when we should be turning things off, it is a fact that 60% to 80% of the building energy is controlled by the (Building Management Systems) BMS systemâ€™s, are you sure this system in your building works and if you donâ€™t have one do you have controls that can actually optimise temperatures and decide on times to switch things off and switch things off, If the answer is no then get one!
With the latest directives set by the government and the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) it is now imperative that building owners and tenants do what they can to keep Carbon to a minimum.
Part L of the building regulations says that the target by 2012 is to reduce carbon emissions by 44% in buildings this is a huge figure and requires incremental steps to achieve the goal.
However the main question is â€œif you canâ€™t measure it you cannot manage itâ€.
The purpose of our service is to fit permanent metering to the main supplies in your building which can be monitored remotely to provide benchmark date to enable us to make conscious and accurate decisions about how to save energy in a building.
This will require an initial survey of the building to see where meters can be fitted, however typically we have installed meters to the following supplies:
â€¢ Main supply
â€¢ Mechanical MCC Panels (Cooling and Heating)
â€¢ Chillers â€“ main plant
â€¢ Tenants supplies
â€¢ Landlords supplies
â€¢ Able to monitor the supplies and determine the exact load profile of the building
â€¢ Accurate data and transparency
â€¢ Can monitor real cost savings
â€¢ Tool mechanism for monitoring carbon emissions and keeping the carbon footprint low
â€¢ Ticks the environmental box for most companies
â€¢ Allows you to determine the control and functionality of your building
â€¢ Can be viewed remotely
â€¢ Analysis of results
â€¢ Can be used as a marketing tool for the building
â€¢ Fit a plasma TV in reception with live date â€“ transparency to tenants.
â€¢ (Whilst writing if you think of f any negative let me know, I can t see many of them)
1. Contract manger to undertake review of the metering in a building, are there any meters present
2. Ask the landlord or tenant for a copy of their bill how much are they spending (remember that it may not be cost effective to fit permanent metering due to cost, however we can meter on a weekly or monthly basis)
3. Ask Polyteck to quote, contact Costas or Sven.
4. We will provide the client with various options and quote
5. Once agreed we will carry out the work, normally in a 4 â€“ 6 week time frame.
6. The client will need to order an ADSL line separately to enable the remote monitoring
7. Once we have the kit we will install it normally can take up to a week depending on complexity of the site.
8. No shut down required so it can be installed with minimal fuss
9. Plasma TV in the reception is optional.
10. Commissioning and handover rot the client
11. There is an annual charge after the first year no more than Â£1000 per annum normally for the energy suite.
12. Hopefully happy client who can now make some key energy decisions in his buildings to save money and actually make a difference to the environment
For budget purposes I would allow Â£3000 per meter
This is STRESS is a budget only if the client wants an indication.