We are convinced that digitization is not a buzzword or “nice to have,” but rather the basic prerequisite for the path to a climate-neutral building stock.
The energy transition can only succeed if the real estate industry makes its contribution and, together with key partners, takes the step toward rapid digitalization and an open data economy. Digitalization makes it possible to balance the multi-layered interaction of decentralized, renewable energy sources, to keep generation and consumption in equilibrium, and thus to ensure a largely CO₂-neutral supply.
Transparency and timely user information are necessary in order to reduce one’s own energy consumption. This can only be done digitally!
Highly automated building operation in which energy flows are optimally controlled and regenerative generation is coordinated is crucial for a sustainable real estate sector.
Digital measurement of these energy flows is a key lever in achieving this.
The European Union declared the European smart meter rollout to be a goal in 2009 as part of the EU’s internal energy market package. On this legal basis, we can equip properties with smart meters – intelligent metering systems. In combination with a communication module, the smart meter gateway, owners and operators thus receive all data on electricity, gas, e-mobility, submetering and district heating from us from a single source. A cornerstone for efficient processes, more transparency in terms of consumption, costs and emissions, and thus for the success of the energy transition!
We are convinced that “measuring creates awareness.” After all, only those who know their own consumption can adjust their own user behavior and save energy as well as costs. This requires transparent insights.
This is provided by the intra-year consumption information, for which the European Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) has paved the way. We offer tenants in the European Union the EED consumption information – in addition to the annual consumption bill.
Together with our partners, we invest in intelligent solutions and building technology. We thus contribute to the continuous optimization of cost and process efficiency.
We offer owners and managers of apartment buildings and commercial properties products and services for CO₂-reduction as individual solution modules. To this end, we have developed a set of measures that address various aspects of the building and are continuously refined in close partnership with our customers.
Digital technologies are an important and at the same time low-investment lever. The enormous potential that lies in these solutions, which can also be implemented directly, is shown, among other areas, by evaluations of the BaltBest research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection.
The results of the BaltBest research project demonstrate that the permanently optimized operation of a boiler alone – supported by digital monitoring and control technology – saves 10 to 15 percent energy.
A digital metering infrastructure coupled with artificial intelligence and control algorithms offers the opportunity to use collected data for targeted improvement of heat generation and distribution processes.
Until now, however, the building and consumption data available is not allowed to be processed in an automated manner. Among other things, this hinders the optimal adjustment of heating systems. After all, it is difficult to track where and how much energy is being consumed. That’s why we are calling for regulation that makes digital consumption data more accessible as part of an open data economy and in line with the GDPR. In this way, even greater savings effects can be achieved in the long term.