We designed, installed and commissioned a system that offered fully automated and intelligent control of the building with remote web access for the Trust's engineering department. Upgrades to the control of the main heating and hot water systems across the site and adding individual room control in a number of rooms that are not always occupied; using energy only when required, was all in our scope. The system is configured with varying access rights allowing various levels of user control and configuration of the system. The highest level available only to the property owners to allow them to monitor system performance and alter settings if necessary from their head office on the other side of the city.
Kernow Controls can also access the system if needed so that remote assistance can be offered and access settings can be changed at any time to allow different user required levels of input. Alarms can be triggered at a desired setpoint (i.e. if a heating pump fails or boiler flow temp is low etc.) which can be in the form of a text message, email or in the case of a minor alert logged on the alarm history page of the web portal.
The property owners are particularly pleased with the web functionality of the system as it means they can monitor and control the system from anywhere with an internet connection (even on a smartphone) which maximises the efficiency of their team.
Savings on energy consumption will also be significant as the systems can be fine-tuned to operate at maximum efficiency whilst always keeping the residents and staff as comfortable as possible.
"Managing a building’s processes and staying on top of energy efficiency in one building of this size is difficult. We at Milestones Trust own several such buildings and so wanted the ability to monitor and record the data from the heating and hot water systems at Somerset Lodge remotely. Somerset Lodge was the pilot scheme for us for such a system and we are very pleased with every aspect of the design, installation, control and accessibility offered by our new system. We would definitely work with Kernow Controls on future projects"