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Aroundtown: Shining a Light on Sustainability

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Aroundtown collaborates with MRA's "15% Less Gas" Network to improve HVAC efficiency in order to achieve sustainability goals.

A recent opportunity was presented to Aroundtown, a participant in the “15% gas terug” (15% less gas) network established by the Metropol Region Amsterdam (MRA), to evaluate the performance of their  HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system using Spectrals BRIGHTER. By implementing numerous measures, the MRA hopes to help businesses cut their energy consumption by 15%. The analysis performed by BRIGHTER’s primary objective is to pinpoint the places where Aroundtown may increase the effectiveness of their HVAC systems and reduce their energy usage. Through this investigation, Aroundtown will be able to improve HVAC efficiency and help the MRA meet its sustainability goals. Aroundtown demonstrates its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility by joining this network.

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December 2023.

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Challenge

The physical nature of the buildings and their HVAC systems are one of the biggest challenges of the project. The goal of the project is to increase the energy efficiency of six different buildings, each of which has its own Building Management System (BMS). This calls for our team to cooperate with various BMS systems to guarantee that each building is operating at peak efficiency. The physical structure of each building is also distinct, which creates its own set of difficulties when trying to apply energy-efficient solutions. To determine the best methods for enhancing energy efficiency, the team must carefully examine the physical architecture and design of each building. Despite these challenges, the project team was determined to deliver a successful outcome that met the MRA’s sustainability goals and supported Aroundtown’s commitment to the environment.

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Approach

To maximize the energy efficiency of the six buildings, we used a comprehensive strategy. We connected each building to primary energy meters via an API, connected each building’s HVAC systems to our platform via a local connection controller, and carefully analyzed the collected data to identify performance anomalies.. Using the advanced analytics capabilities of BRIGHTER, we were able to identify inefficiencies and anomalies in the settings and performance of each building’s HVAC system and take action to optimize performance.

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Outcome

The project has produced a detailed report showing the potential savings that can be achieved by using the dynamic control solution from BRIGHTER. The report provides an in-depth analysis of each building’s HVAC system performance and energy consumption trends, highlighting underperforming equipment that may be upgraded or replaced to increase energy efficiency. The report’s overall findings show that the use of state-of-the-art energy-saving technologies, such as BRIGHTER, can result in significant energy savings in commercial buildings.

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Sebastiaan Voskens

Business Manager for BRIGHTER

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