EnergyDeck and the GRESB Benchmark Survey: new integrated reporting capability makes completing the survey simple

Nic Mason

Nic Mason

May 5, 2015

With the 2015 GRESB survey period now well underway and the 1 July deadline looming, EnergyDeck’s new feature takes away the pain of acquiring, organising and submitting your environmental performance data.

The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) was developed in response to the demand for sustainability data from institutional investors about property companies and private equity real estate funds. Their reports integrate a range of information to understand fund-level management and performance, offering a specialised, industry-driven reporting framework exploring governance, stakeholder engagement, and environmental performance indicators of investment properties.


Tags:   GRESB, policy

Distributed home energy systems – fast approaching break-even

Arnaud Henin

Arnaud Henin

April 28, 2015

As interest in distributed renewable generation and home energy system intensifies, it is useful to understand the underlying economics of such systems. Although there are many configurations for home energy systems, we have looked at a system including photovoltaic power generation, battery energy storage, electric vehicles and a control system with moderate load control. We are not including energy efficiency in the system evaluation, as many core energy efficiency measures are economically positive and should be implemented before installing home generation and power storage. This provides a better underlying demand that avoids installing excess generation and storage than if energy saving measures are implemented later. However, some load control and demand response is included that allows improved matching of the home power demand and supply.

The return on home energy systems varies significantly based on location, as local consumption patterns, driving culture and renewable resource have large impacts on the economics of the system. In this analysis, public incentives (including subsidies, rebates or tax benefits) are explicitly excluded to allow evaluation of the underlying economics and comparison across markets.


Tags:   policy, advice

IES and EnergyDeck partner to make ESOS compliance easier

Nic Mason

Nic Mason

April 21, 2015

Link between EnergyDeck and ESOS Auditor will make ESOS compliance quicker and easier

Performance analytics firm IES and energy management platform provider EnergyDeck have today announced a partnership that will allow EnergyDeck customers to link the platform with IES’ ESOS Auditor to enable a quicker and easier route to ESOS compliance.

The UK’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) requires approximately 10,000 qualifying organisations to undertake energy audits that include 12 months of verifiable data.

These organisations are now looking for the best and most efficient ways to collect, validate, evidence and store all the data required to calculate their total energy consumption and undertake energy audits. Each participating organisation needs to build an evidence pack to evidence the information in their ESOS compliance assessment.


Tags:   ESOS, policy

Walking the Road to Digitisation – the Opportunity of IoE for UK Start-ups

Phil Smith

Phil Smith

April 7, 2015

Whatever else March is, it certainly can’t be accused of being uneventful for UK start-ups. Last week’s budget proved promising for the community, highlighting the government’s intention to provide further investment and support to drive growth for small businesses around the country.

Location, as they say, can be everything. To accelerate growth in the North, the budget outlined an £11 million investment in government support for the development of tech incubators in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield – which will undoubtedly help drive further innovation across the country, and is a move that is symbiotic to our own efforts to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration across the UK, particularly through our National Virtual Incubator programme.


Tags:   IoT

The Building Energy Puzzle

Benjamin Kott

Benjamin Kott

March 17, 2015

Building Energy PuzzleHow difficult can it be to put four puzzle pieces together? With a regular puzzle, a two year old could do it. In the building energy world, even the most skilful building and energy managers regularly fail at the task. As a result most buildings are operated well below their efficiency optimum. And it’s not for a lack of experience. Equipment is also not the issue – we have the technology in place today to design, build and operate highly efficient buildings, even without employing rocket science or black magic.

So what then, is the issue? Simply speaking, it’s one of stakeholder engagement. But not the type of ‘stakeholder engagement’ that is typically referred to when it comes to behaviour change projects, and often limited to tenants. The stakeholders here span a much wider range. In an ideal scenario, the entire “building management stack” from landlords to building managers, FMs, contractors, consultants, energy providers and tenants would be engaged and aligned with one objective in mind: run the building as efficiently as possible, and generate benefits for everyone involved.

How can this be done, you ask? Just follow these three easy steps:

  1. Understand the core drivers and motivations of each stakeholder group, and how they can benefit from efficiently operated buildings
  2. Identify the data and information that is required to asses the operating performance of the building and manage it, including the data owners, data type and quality
  3. Bring it all together in a single platform that represents the ‘single version of the truth’, is hardware agnostic, enables easy sharing across stakeholders and, above all, delivers meaningful insights that ultimately drive building efficiency.

The good news is: the technology to do this exists today, the benefits are there for everyone and the business case works out. Let’s solve the puzzle together, shall we!


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