New energy-saving system estimates productivity loss due to high indoor CO2-levels

An new indoor monitoring system estimates the productivity loss of building users because of high CO2 concentrations and temperature discomfort – while helping to radically reduce energy consumption.

Visitors and staff at Climate-KIC's Lower Silesia centre in Poland can view energy costs and savings on a digital dashboard, just like this one at a different site
Visitors and staff at Climate-KIC’s Lower Silesia centre in Poland can view energy costs and savings on a digital dashboard, just like this one at a different site

Analysis of energy usage and monitoring of the indoor climate is crucial for schools, offices and businesses. A bad indoor climate does not only result in bad energy performance, but also in lost productivity, sales and general discomfort.

A system that aims to help solve this problem is currently being tested by Climate-KIC’s regional centre in Poland as part of a ‘no cure, no pay’ energy savings project.

Mobile sensors have been installed across the Climate-KIC Lower Silesia offices – based at the Wrocław Research Centre EIT+ campus – to provide the necessary data.

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Predicted Productivity Loss

The EcoSCADA system has been developed by Climate-KIC partner Porta Capena and uses data such as indoor CO2 levels, temperature, humidity and even noise levels.

A unique feature of the software that is used in the analysis, is the ability to calculate Predicted Productivity Loss due to high indoor CO2 concentrations and temperature discomfort.

Porta Capena's Adam Blazowski is also a coach in Climate-KIC's Pioneers into Practice programme
Porta Capena’s Adam Blazowski is also a coach in Climate-KIC’s Pioneers into Practice programme

The building manager uses the data to adjust heating and ventilation systems, but the programme also emphasises the social and behavioural aspects of energy savings by making the real time information available to everyone who visits or works in the building:

  • Everyone can follow costs and savings on a digital energy dashboard
  • Employees can use smartphones and tablets to access data about air quality and temperature
  • Building management can demonstrate the exact savings achieved

The mobility of the system helps solve various heating and ventilation issues even on the level of single rooms and labs.

Affordable internet-enabled sensors

Affordable internet-enabled sensors such as the ones used in this project can help achieve more energy savings in existing buildings, resulting in lower energy bills and less CO2 emissions.

Porta Capena is a Climate KIC partner with over ten years of experience in building smart tools for energy savings. It’s EcoSCADA solution is already in use by facility managers and communities in the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland.