Speaking at the Energy Management Exhibition in London this week, business development manager at Carlo Gavazzi, Mark Rimmel, outlined how to make energy management work and how to make the most of metering.Metering is simply a way of measuring your energy output and associated costs, and is important in order to cut bills and go green.
What are the key drivers for metering?
• Legislation – Building Regulation Approved Documents 12A and 12B
• Incentives – enhanced capital allowance, feed-in tariffs
• Reduced operational costs through improved energy consumption
• Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme
• Fiscal penalties – climate change levy
• Risks to professional buildings reputation due to poor energy performance
Metering alone is not enough; Rimmel stressed the importance of a full metering strategy, including benchmarking, making sense of data and feeding information back into the design loop to ensure a more effective solution next time around.
The UK government has committed to legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, with an interim target of 34% by 2020, based on 1990 levels. Carbon emissions from the UK’s non-domestic buildings are responsible for 18% of the UK’s total.
Key requirements for an effective system
• Gathers accurate energy consumption data based on actual energy usage
• Identifies where energy is consumed within the building
• Presents information in a user-friendly way
• Manages buildings and improves operational efficiency
• Provides technical insight and load-profiling capabilities
• Creates an energy benchmark
• Monitors the output of renewable energy separately in order to analyse renewable performance
• Engages users in order to motivate operational improvements.