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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Connecting the world, one data source at a time: new meter suppliers and data collectors supported by EnergyDeck

Bruno Girin

Bruno Girin

Feb. 10, 2015

We’ve previously looked at how we will be supporting our users’ access to high quality data by simplifying data acquisition through out of the box integration with hardware and other data providers. Since then, we’ve been hard at work extending this capability and have now over a dozen data sources available, with many more already in the pipeline.


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EnergyDeck joins IDEALondon

Nic Mason

Nic Mason

Nov. 7, 2014

EnergyDeck is excited to announce that we’ve moved offices and are now located at the IDEALondon innovation centre.

The Innovation and Digital Enterprise Alliance London (IDEALondon) is a combination of a start-up accelerator and incubator space located in the heart of Shoreditch. An alliance between Cisco, UCL and DC Thomson, IDEALondon consists of top-quality workspace, mentoring and business support from the partners to support the development and growth of all 16 start-ups in the community.

EnergyDeck were successful in gaining sponsorship from Cisco to enter the space, and we’re looking forward to spending the next year exploring the opportunities provided, looking for potential collaborations with the community, and overall just really getting stuck in to delivering an even better energy and environmental data management platform for our users.

Drop by and say hi if you’re ever in the area!


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RBS names EnergyDeck as a Finalist in the UK’s largest search for new ‘green’ innovation

Nic Mason

Nic Mason

Oct. 21, 2014

RBS has selected EnergyDeck as a finalist in the Innovation Gateway; a major international search for new ways of reducing energy, water and waste.

Launched in March this year, the RBS Innovation Gateway attracted more than 140 submissions in just 40 days, from brand new concepts through to market-ready products and services.

The ideas came from innovators and small businesses (SMEs) around Britain and the world, from Perth in Scotland to Perth in Western Australia. The best ideas will be tested on the RBS estate of 2,500 buildings and branches in the UK.


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“Set it and forget it” OR “Occupants rule”?

Benjamin Kott

Benjamin Kott

Oct. 8, 2014

We’ve all heard the horror stories about some of the highest rated LEED and BREEAM buildings being some of the worst culprits in terms of actual, operational energy and resource consumption (measured typically in kWh / m2, and several other metrics, provided there is enough data available). When the designers of such buildings are asked why their models differ so dramatically from reality, the answer is almost always the same: the building isn’t used in the way it was designed for.

When asked to explain what that actually means, feedback tends to differ. Sometimes it’s a specific (new / sensitive / not properly commissioned etc.) piece of equipment that doesn’t work as expected. In other cases, the building is used by multiple tenants vs. a single one, other times twice as many people have been crammed into the space etc – but in general terms it all comes down to one stakeholder group: the occupants!


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