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5 steps for sustainability

The principle behind Estate Technology is simple, if it can be measured, it can be monitored and managed. Using Estate Technology, a sustainable carbon and energy reduction strategy can be achieved in 5 methodical steps.

  • Energy and Environmental Measurement - Using a range of highly accurate and scalable measuring devices from MPL for both energy and environmental parameters, the solution provides an understanding of the flow of energy through the ‘Estate’ from point of entry to an individual payload.  By measuring the power and energy consumption across the whole estate the customer will know at granular level where energy is consumed from the organisation’s greatest consumers at site and building level, including plant equipment such as chillers and HVAC to individual circuits and payloads at room level.

  • Centralised Data Collection & Reporting - Centralise all energy and power data from the entire estate globally to site specific locations, utilising N-Gen gateways to support both real-time and historical data collection. Enabling reporting at all levels and accessible to appropriate stakeholders as needed

  • Visualisation - With ‘easy-usability’ the N-Gen Software platform allows visibility of the data in clean charts, tables, dials, and gauges.  With the capability to set alerts around user defined parameters, erroneous consumption or usage is easily identified and made obvious to the user via notifications. A wide variety of reports and imagery define energy usage at all geographical locations down to site, building, room, and equipment level.  

  • Delivering Simplified Business Intelligence - In any carbon or energy related management strategy, operational changes will be essential to improve the efficiency of business activities.  The estate technology solution is key to providing intelligence which empowers the user to make well-informed decisions when making such important operational changes. These might include optimisation initiatives such as, reviewing hours of usage in the rationalisation of equipment, adjusting controls, or simply maximising any ‘low cost’ energy saving opportunities.  

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Information can easily be disseminated throughout the business to those that require it, whether that is for management purposes or for production of evidence packs associated with specific legislation organisations are expected to comply with, whether that is in the public or private sector. Examples include: 

  1. Energy Saving Opportunity (Phase 3) (ESOS)

  2. Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR)

  3. EU-Emission Trading Scheme (EU-ETS)

  4. Estate Returns Information Collection (ERIC)

  5. Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

  6. Display Energy Certificates (DEC)

  • Drive Efficiencies, Optimisation and Resilience - System intelligence enables the user to manage energy consumption and optimise power availability in an educated manner. It provides focus on driving specific energy efficiency programmes to minimise energy expenditure, where needed.  Other far-reaching benefits include:

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  • Increased resilience across the entire estate

  • Inherently reduced maintenance associated with the electrical infrastructure as loads are maintained and power loss minimised,

  • Life expectancy of equipment increased,

  • Instantaneous alerting provides advanced notification of potential issues and planned maintenance and assessment,

  • Enhanced visibility via highly granular monitoring identifies specific areas of focus.