Building energy monitoring systems are vital components for net zero energy retail units

Building energy monitoring systems capable of providing real-time detailed information on energy consumption within a building are vital for creating net zero energy retail units, such as the one recently opened by Kingfisher.

The Screwfix store in Peterborough is designed to generate as much power as it uses and pass surplus energy back to the grid, a news report has been able to reveal. This is the DIY group’s first net zero energy store, promising to use a mix of solar panels, solar battery storage and an air source heat pump.

The company said energy generated by the onsite solar array will power the store and charge up batteries which will then power the store during the evenings. Meanwhile, a new air source heat pump, coupled with a range of efficiency measures, has allowed the firm to replace gas and electric heating units. “Surplus power goes back to the grid, off-setting the days in winter when the solar PV will be generating less power and grid energy is needed to power the store,” Kingfisher said.

The group also hailed the importance of energy monitoring systems to the project. For example, energy meters revealed a spike in energy use at the start of the day when employees were making their morning coffee. By fitting a hot water tap that uses battery-stored solar power, the firm now hopes to eliminate this spike in energy use.

HeatingSave Building Management System BMS software –advanced controls and analytics features

The HeatingSave high level software is a web based user friendly and intuitive software application, delivering unrivalled control and monitoring of the heating system. Using just a browser from one desktop or laptop PC, tablet or smart phone you can control your entire building or a whole network of buildings. Software features include:

Advanced planning of heating patterns and diary allowing 365 day programming with different patterns for each zone.

Graph visualisation of every temperature, air quality, occupancy and on/off event ever recorded. Use these to identify problems with boilers, pumps etc. and also to prove that HeatingSave is working for you.

Transaction and fault logging and reporting. Alerts include boilers failing to respond, or when they unexpectedly start to increase in heat (manually overridden by someone). Also sensors hitting maximum/minimum temperatures are displayed. Avoid expensive repair and maintenance costs by determining what the problem is first so you can either change the settings yourself or send the right person first time.

Running Costs – View the costs of boilers, equipment like pumps or immersions, air-cons etc. The costs are broken down by site or by each system individually. They are then displayed daily, monthly and quarterly. You can even see the carbon usage of your building or collection of buildings.

View your site as a schematic with temperatures and equipment status overlaid. Keep track of an entire site from one easy viewport.

Easily manage the settings and parameters for the entire Building Energy Management System from one place.

If you’d like to find out more information on the HeatingSave Building Energy Monitoring System, please contact us, and our specialists will answer your questions and queries in a very fast and easy manner.

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