Motorola-Led European Consortium Focuses on Energy-Efficient Buildings
Thursday, December 17, 2015 | Comments

The European Commission’s Horizon2020 program funded an international consortium of academic and industrial partners led by Motorola Solutions to create new ways for building owners, facility managers and energy service companies (ESCOs) to more effectively operate their sites. The goal of the project is to improve understanding and reduce to 10 percent the existing gap between predicted and actual energy performances in buildings and blocks of buildings.

The Tools for Continuous Building Performance Auditing (TOPAs) project will provide better visibility on how energy-related decisions impact management, cost, occupant comfort and environmental health.

The TOPAs analytic tools and methodologies use an open, cloud-based platform for continuous energy performance auditing. TOPAs monitor energy use, but also take into account how buildings are used and the state of their environmental and air quality. This will enable credible savings of up to 20 percent through better energy efficiency programs and contribute to existing and new standards. The intent is that this will not only help to drive the creation of new jobs in the ESCO market, but also lead to improved air quality, health and comfort of people in buildings.

“The TOPAs consortium will demonstrate how international collaboration can contribute to the improvement of environmental conditions on the planet, creating new business opportunities through the reduction of energy usage,” said Boris Kantsepolsky, business development manager, Motorola Solutions Israel and TOPAs project coordinator. “By reducing costs and enhancing sustainability, the TOPAs encourage businesses to invest in positive social change that will make people’s lives better.”

The consortium also consists of the Cork Institute of Technology, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives, Azimut Monitoring, Energy Solutions, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, IBM Research Ireland, Technical University Dresden and EMBIX.

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