The 6th Carbon Budget, released in December 2020, sets out national decarbonisation pathways to 2050 across all sectors. Following these pathways, we can expect an installation rate of about 415,000 heat pumps per year by 2025, rising to over 1 million installations per year by 2030. Electrification of space heating is gathering pace, and with it, intelligent energy management is moving from being beneficial to being necessary to ensure the resilience of the power grid.
Recent advancements in low-cost sensing technologies have proliferated the Internet of Things. IoT, as it is known, provides connectivity to any device via Internet Protocol, enabling more efficient monitoring and control of any medium, including active buildings. So how can we leverage these networks to improve building performance?
If we want to improve and decarbonise our built environment, we need to efficiently collect, analyse and leverage the data each building generates. Good, clean, comparable data is the key to optimising building performance, improving the use of resources, and making a significant stride toward predictive maintenance and control. The question is how do we standardise this?