Environmental Modelling, Measuring & Monitoring
Building Controls and internal occupants are two of the biggest factors in energy consumption. The ability to monitor, optimize and better understand these two factors allow our engineers to determine what designs work best and what designs could be improved. The control of the internal environment is a growing area and becoming more complex all the time (Smart Homes etc.). GES engineers can help a client determine which of these controls are needed, which are superfluous and which can be integrated or developed in a design solution which incorporates particular comfort criteria in any building, from Residential through to Leisure Centres. Our engineers also monitor and meter existing sites and develop energy reduction based solutions, whether this is in optimizing BMS controllers or through energy metering.
Residential Environment Monitoring and Modelling
GES have experience in the area of smart homes. In the UK, many of the large luxury apartment blocks are spec’d with wi-fi enabled temperature controllers, internal blind controllers, energy monitors, lighting controllers, audio controllers and general smart home enabled systems. These systems are installed as part of the M&E spec and tendered out to relevant suppliers.
Dynamic Staff & Space Auditing
Following a behavioral audit of occupants, GES can use the data gathered to produce a model which helps to best identify use of space, high traffic areas, frequency of desk or meeting space usage and areas with high energy use and low occupancy. This data is a useful tool for potential planning, mapping of internal space, desk usage and behavioral trends within an organization.
GES audited a large call center in Ireland and were able to report on opportunities to optimize high traffic routes, ventilation rates and lighting levels in these areas to increase staff comfort and convenience.
This exercise is useful in making the building and services work for the occupants. Staff are given a full briefing before the audit to clarify the process.
Leisure Centre Measuring and Monitoring
Upgraded control of the environmental conditions is facilitated by various sensors to measure and monitor items including temperature, humidity, C02 concentrations (ppm) and gas detection. This data can is recorded to assist user behavior and/or relayed to a BMS system to provide automatic control of HVAC systems which condition the internal space. GES also live monitor energy use and BMS systems in-house to best optimize energy use and maintenance.
Dynamic Simulation of Environments
Using the latest environmental software, such as IES <VE> and Dialux Evo. GES engineers have a dedicated team to analyzing internal environments for:
Solar Analysis: Natural Daylighting, Solar Glare, Solar Gains, Overshadowing & Daylight, Annual Probable Sunlight Hours (APSH) and Radiant Heat.
Comfort: Predicted Mean Vote (PMV), Thermal Comfort, Benchmarking and Adaptive Comfort Models and Noise.
Air Quality: CO2 concentrations (ppm), Air Changes per hour (ACH), Temperature and Psychrometrics, Air flows and Ventilation (Fluid mechanics).
Lighting Analysis: Lighting Designs (New and Retrofit), Lux levels, Kelvin Temperatures, Uniformity and Glare Analysis.
Renewables: Solar PV Glare Analysis and Shading Analysis
Public Buildings Environment Monitoring and Controls
GES engineers have implemented building internal comfort controls to optimize natural ventilation and reduce solar gains and glare. In the Primary Care Centres, Schools and EPA buildings, there are controls for CO2 concentrations, temperature controls, ventilation controls, solar blinds controls, lighting controls and window actuator controls for fresh air intake. GES engineers are able to spec and design these systems to best suit the clients needs.