At a recent project meeting, R2M, the partner in charge of exploitation (Work Package 6) identified that the HIT2GP project could potentially result in over 30 opportunities for exploitation in the form of: 17 potential products, 12 possible service offerings, and 7 intellectual property opportunities.

The opportunities fit into the broad ranges of:

  • improving the technical capabilities of existing energy management systems;
  • improving the ability of tools to 'talk' to one another;
  • better energy management systems based on better monitoring of use in practice;
  • better tool calibration through increased use of measured data;
  • better informed building managers and users; and (ultimately)
  • better performing buildings

The following sections introduce some specific opportunities highlighted by individual project partners depending on their areas of interest - they are illustrative of the potential only but do highlight opportunities for avenues for dissemination of HIT2GAP:

H2G Approved Products/Standardised Databases present opportunities for:

  • opportunities for new standardised and bespoke databases;
  • agreed standardised naming conventions;
  • linking modelling and BMS systems - the potential for automated calibration 'toolboxes' (for example, better calibration of tools and BMS via the H2G platform could lead to further integration of modelling, monitoring of real behaviours and associated with this to better building control).

Better BMS and modelling tool calibration

With regard to the opportunity for HIT2GAP leading to better BMS and modelling tool calibration, specific opportunities highlighted by partners ranged from the academic to the commercial, but a key aspect highlighted by all was how we might use monitored and modelled data, together with modelling to improve the accuracy of prediction, assessment, monitoring and ultimately building performance, feeding from one to the other and back again in order to refine how we predict, monitor and control.

The opportunity to once and for all build in user behaviours and needs is integral to the project and therefore seen as a core rather than a side issue.  Decision support for managers AND building users is therefore seen as key.

Better Monitoring and Understanding of Use in Practice

The ability to exploit wireless sensing technologies is seen as a breakthrough that will allow the project to be tested on existing buildings, where occupants are well settled/installed and also offers the advantage of the H2G system being adaptable to ANY building at any time.  Our case studies are fairly complex but if H2G works for these - it will work anywhere.  This again is a strong message with regard to dissemination activities.

  • Multi Magnitude Wireless Sensor Networks (MM-WSN) - sensors and gateways;
  • MM-WSN monitoring systems;
  • user behaviour and user comfort models and algorithms.

Better Buildings

Ultimately all of this should lead to ‘better performing buildings’, due in no small measure to the fact that user behaviour and expectations are built in to energy performance evaluation.

  • Internet of Things within the Energy Efficiency domain;
  • user location/counting based on indoor positioning techniques;
  • semantic model which extends building modelling with user behaviour.

Technical/IP Related

  • certification services;
  • consultancy services for design teams;
  • publications for designers, building control bodies and specifiers;
  • alternative scenario assessment consultancy offering.

And while we are hopeful that the project outcomes and outputs will lead to freely available, shared outcomes there are also clearly opportunities for partners and others to capitalise on the outcomes.