Trend BEMS saves Matrix House £160,000 a year
At Matrix House in Basingstoke, a Trend Building Energy Management System (BEMS) installed in 2003 has cut the building’s energy use by 18%—saving almost 1 million kWh of electricity and reducing its energy bills by £160,000 every year.

Appointed to improve the office complex’s efficiency and make long term cost savings, Powell Systems Engineering replaced the defunct BEMS with a high-performance Trend system. Offering enhanced energy efficiency, financial savings and comfort levels—the installation delivered a return on investment in just 14 months.

“The differences that the system has made to the operation and comfort conditions in the building are incredible, as is the amount of money we have saved,” said Graham Savage, Facilities Manager at Matrix House. “Also, because we consider the BEMS to be a work in progress, we can expect further savings in the future.”

Following the successful installation, Powell was re-appointed in 2009 to replace the system’s TASC Drives and motor control centre (MCC) panel. Completed on time, on budget and with minimal disruption to the building’s 600 occupants, the updated BEMS system helped to deliver even better performance and results.

“Almost 1 million kWh of electricity have been saved per year, which provides £80,000 worth of additional savings on top of the £80,000 saved as a result of the initial installation,” said Wayne Miles, Sales Director at Powell Systems. “When it comes to annual carbon emissions, the figure stands at just 1,900 tonnes of CO2 which for a building of this size and use is outstanding.”

Powell Systems has been a Trend Partner for over 20 years and is now an IQ Assured Partner, which means the company is regularly audited to ensure it is maintaining defined high standards of workmanship and quality control.

“As well as being robust and reliable, Trend products are also incredibly flexible,” Wayne added. “This means that whatever environment we have to install a BEMS in, we can configure it to meet the customer’s exact needs.”

With energy costs always on the rise, energy management must be taken seriously to keep energy costs and use to a minimum. Offering full planned preventative maintenance support with regular scheduled visits, Powell ensures that BEMS are fully optimised and maintained to deliver exceptional performance every time.

Call us now on 01689 879000 or email us to discuss how we can help your business achieve energy savings.

Historic palace upgrades to breakthrough BEMS technology

Specialists in the design, installation and maintenance of BEMS control systems, Powell Systems has used its experience, expertise and product knowledge to upgrade and improve the control systems at the Palace of Westminster—bringing the long-term home of the UK Government into the 21st Century.

Retrofitting buildings with new energy-efficient control systems is an effective and economical way of reducing energy usage and costs. For buildings of cultural, historical or architectural importance, retrofitting is often the only option. So it’s crucial to use a company that provides tailored, high quality solutions using the most up-to-date technology.

At the Palace of Westminster, essential systems were becoming increasingly old but had yet to be replaced as they continued to work. As part of a major restoration scheme, the building’s antiquated heating, ventilation, electrical and fire safety systems were to be replaced with new technologies to complement traditional parliamentary process.

Following an independent assessment of the agreed options to establish the best and most cost-effective way to restore and renew the Palace of Westminster, Powell Systems was appointed to complete a two-part retrofit project. This would comprise the removal and replacement of dated control systems and a five-year service contract to ensure a smooth transition.

For the first part of the project, Powell Systems completed the full upgrade of all non-Trend Control Systems over a strict two-year timeframe. The company then stripped out the Siemens Apogee which had been used in Portcullis House for over four years. To complete the strip-out element of the refurb, Powell Systems also stripped out the American Auto Matrix systems from numerous buildings at the site.

Powell Systems then completed the installation of over 200 x Trend IQ3 Controllers and over 500 x Trend IQ 212 Controllers. Both the IQ3 and IQ 212 offer full compatibility with other Trend IQ controllers, which enables them to integrate with the local environmental needs and bulk air conditioning system to optimise both comfort and running costs.

Following the installation, Powell Systems will complete a five-year maintenance and service contract. Offering full planned preventative maintenance support with regular scheduled visits, Powell ensures that the BEMS is fully optimised and maintained to deliver optimum performance. The service contract will also prevent unwanted breakdowns, minimise operational problems and prevent higher operating costs.

With energy costs always on the rise, it is imperative that businesses take energy management seriously, to not only protect the environment but to also keep costs to an absolute minimum. With more stringent environmental regulations also inevitable, the Government appears to be preparing by getting its own house in order—with the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster.

Whether your building energy management need is for a new build or a retrofit, contact us to find out how we can help your systems achieve efficiency and savings.