SOMERS TOWN ENERGY NETWORK
VRM’s latest product, VRM CLARITY, was developed in close partnership with Camden’s Sustainability Team to create an innovative, live, multi-data source dashboard with client-configurable KPI’S and 3D building mapping to monitor and improve the performance of networks. The platform enables Camden to track, predict and optimise their linked assets to the network serving some 342 dwellings, significantly reducing energy consumption and costs within three months of adoption. The platform was specifically designed and tested, in partnership by Camden’s Team, to be intuitive and user-friendly using a 3D “traffic light” visual representation to indicate when set thresholds were exceeded and sending email alerts to specified team members to alert them.
A key driver for Camden is to demonstrate cost savings from energy efficiency interventions implemented directly from the unique insight gained from VRM CLARITY. VRM commissioned the leading independent Measurement and Verification (M&V) consultancy, EEVS Insight, to undertake an initial analysis of energy consumption data, post-implementation. The results showed verified electricity savings of 38%, with gas reductions of over 5% giving annualised cost savings in excess of £100k. Camden also saved considerably on internal management time as VRM CLARITYprovides the necessary reporting information in seconds rather than hours required by other monitoring systems and suppliers. Somers Town Energy Network already had the best performing heat network in Camden, typically operating at over 85% efficiency. Based upon the success of this initial pilot, a contract was awarded to VRM to roll out VRM CLARITY to other heat networks in the Borough.
VRM is a founder of and software provider to “Built2Spec” a €6.4 million EU Horizon2020 project, in partnership with 19 leading European companies. Horizon 2020 is a €80 billion EU initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness by ensuring Europe produces world-class science delivering innovation.
The project, Built2Spec (B2S), assembles contractors, technology developers, and leading EU researchers to put practical solutions into the hands of construction stakeholders that will contribute to Europe meeting its energy efficiency targets and new build standards.
The B2S system will be integrated into the operations of SME contractors, large construction firms, and owner-operator clients within the consortium. The partnerships and connections gained from this collaboration provide VRM with invaluable access to leading EU construction industry players with extensive domain expertise enabling VRM to avail of and provide the latest advances in construction technology and support the expansion of VRM into the European market.
Urban heat islands (UHIs) are currently having a significant affect on the health of millions of people globally, which could rise to billions if forecasted increases in population, urban migration and global warming are all realised. There is an urgent need for low cost strategies to mitigate the effects of UHI and help improve the quality of life for urban citizens.
UHI processes are highly site-specific which means that UHI effects are most accurately addressed with localised research and mitigation strategies. Green infrastructure assets (GIAs) offer an effective, low cost strategy for mitigating the effects of UHIs however there is limited data available relating to the localised performance of GIAs.
This project seeks to develop a low-cost, flexible, methodology that integrates a variety of novel ground- and UAV-based imaging spectrometry techniques with real-time environmental data to create data-rich digital models and a software application that collates data (measuring surface temperatures, emissivity and pollutants and environmental sensor networks). These datasets will enable city planners to evaluate the effects of different GIA scenarios providing developers, business and local citizens with quantified benefits of green infrastructure assets in future schemes.