iBECOME: Future Engagements Advancing Energy Efficiency

iBECOME recently took the stage at Key Energy Expo 2024 in Rimini, Italy, from February 28th to March 1st, 2024. In collaboration with R2M and RINA, , our consortium proudly showcased groundbreaking innovations in energy flexibility spanning diverse sectors.

During the expo, we had the privilege to showcase our achievements in a dedicated session titled “Energy Flexibility from Buildings to the Industry.” Teaming up with sister projects like AutoDAN and TRINEFLEX, we highlighted how our collective efforts are catalysing transformative change in the energy landscape. From optimising building efficiency to revolutionising industrial processes, our solutions are poised to redefine the way we harness and utilize energy resources.

But our journey does not stop here! iBECOME is thrilled to share our upcoming engagements, where we will continue to share our insights and innovations with the wider community:

ECTP Conference | March 5-6

Join us at the ECTP Conference 2024, where iBECOME will be featured with a rollup banner presentation with latest results related to the demonstration of iBECOME project services in Helix building pilot. This event provides a platform for stakeholders across the construction value chain to exchange experiences, while representatives from the European Commission will shed light on how the EU Construction Industry is leading the charge in green and digital transitions. More details about the event, agenda and registration form are found HERE.

Smart Readiness Indicator Joint Event | March 7

Dimitrios Ntimos, our coordinator from IES R&D, representing iBECOME, will participate as a panellist at the hybrid Smart Readiness Indicator Joint Event. This roundtable discussion will delve into assessing building smartness and technical frameworks alongside other pioneering projects. The agenda, registration form and more details about the event is available here.

CIBSE Technical Symposium 2024 | April 11-12

Do not miss iBECOME at the CIBSE Technical Symposium 2024 at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Khalid Hassan from IES will present a research paper: “Efficiency and Comfort in IoT-Controlled HVAC: Exploring Flexible Setpoints for Infrequent Office Occupancy”. This event will focus on redefining building performance for the future amidst the digital revolution, climate change impacts, and heightened emphasis on health, well-being, and safety.

This paper presents a comprehensive study investigating the implementation of flexible heating and cooling setpoints in infrequently occupied spaces, focusing on meeting and training rooms. The research showcases the practical application in an office building located in Glasgow, featuring six meeting rooms and one training room. The study utilizes a sophisticated digital-twin model, calibrated on an hourly basis for electricity, heating energy consumption and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) measures. Through simulation analysis, the model reveals significant energy savings and improved comfort levels within these spaces.
Furthermore, the paper provides evidence derived from the real-world implementation of the proposed approach in the same office building. This implementation leverages a combination of motion sensors and smart Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs). The research findings indicate that the application of flexible heating and cooling setpoints in the office building can open the door to savings by avoiding unnecessary heating or cooling. However, the savings are solely dependent on several factors, including the number of spaces suitable for this technique, the heat loss characteristics of these spaces, and their occupancy patterns. In addition to energy savings, the study investigates potential compromises in occupant comfort, particularly concerning the time required for the system to reach the desired setpoint when occupants first enter the space in the morning, particularly in winter. The paper offers innovative solutions to address these comfort challenges, ensuring that energy-efficient practices do not affect the well-being of building occupants.

As we continue our journey towards a more sustainable future, stay tuned for updates and highlights from our engagements.

In iBECOME, we focus on building energy efficiency by utilising IoT big data and advanced analytics. Our novel cloud-based solution delivers a suite of energy and non-energy services, including comfort and flexibility optimisation, automated fault detection and diagnostics, demand response, and third-party applications. Our project aims to unlock the next stage of energy efficiency by enabling deep building renovation and measurement & verification (M&V) in novel business models. Explore more about our project here.