The monitoring of energy consumption is the basis of the smart building
How much do the public buildings? What are the factors that affect the most energy bill of an institution or a company? And where they can be applied savings and rationalizations?
The knowledge of energy consumption and their composition, represent the first step in being able to answer these questions, essential for responding to the increasingly felt need at the public and private level to optimize consumption, to increase energy saving and sustainability in the use of resources consumed by our buildings and users.
The monitoring service presented on Thursday 28 June by Polytechnic of Turin is CSI Piedmont it allows to acquire from buildings and systems the data necessary to process useful information to favor a conscious, informed and responsible use of energy sources, spreading the culture of energy and environmental sustainability. It is an open and integrated platform of services for monitoring energy consumption and buildings / plants, aimed at supporting the authorities and the territory in the implementation of concrete actions smart & green.
The initiative was born as an evolution of the experimentation carried out by the Turin University with the project WiFi4Energy and its application first in the buildings of the historic headquarters of the University of Corso Duca degli Abruzzi and more recently in the new campus of the Citadel of Design and Mobility (Mirafiori headquarters). A service based on this experience is now presented and proposed together with CSI Piemonte to Bodies and Institutions as a good practice, concretely applicable to other realities in the area, to reduce energy consumption and to learn how to use more sustainable the physical resources present in the buildings.
The service implements monitoring and control solutions and technologies able to interact openly with the various commercial systems for managing the plants inside the buildings. The service works in a unitary and integrated way, centralizing all information on consumption. Interoperability, a distinctive feature of the service, allows monitoring to be progressively extended to other buildings and specific subsystems (safety, environmental monitoring, state of buildings).
The monitoring, supervision and control functions of the experimental system are centralized at the Living LAB of the Politecnico which operates both as the University control room and as a laboratory demonstrating the potential of integrated tools, solutions and best practices.
The ongoing collaboration between the Politecnico and CSI Piemonte therefore aims to provide local authorities with support for the production of services and systems for monitoring and managing energy resources and the buildings / systems based on the experience gained by the two entities.
“The platform of Smart Building - he stated Stefano De Capitani, Director General of CSI Piemonte - is a further example of the fundamental role of ICT technologies applied in this case to the territory and the environment, necessary to support, guide and enhance local production contexts according to a logic of green economy and to offer public bodies tools for assessing possible economic returns, through an intelligent use of energy resources ".
Professor Giovanni Vincenzo Fracastoro, Energy Manager of the Polytechnic of Turin, commented: “In times of scarce financial resources, interventions on buildings are within the reach of few. ICT technologies cannot transform a inefficient and energy-intensive building in a model of energy virtues, but they can provide a more precise picture of the building's energy balance, allow the identification of the most promising areas for interventions and raise awareness among its users ".
Edited byMichele Ciceri