Niagara platform and Building Management Systems (BMS)


Residential buildings lack sufficient sensors for measuring important factors like CO2 levels and room occupancy. To tackle this and increase energy efficiency, a user-friendly building automation system (BAS) is proposed. It will integrate various sensors and energy meters in apartments, enabling users to monitor and manage their energy consumption more efficiently thanks to a web-based platform.

Target technical data

Cost reduction in comparison with standard practice during maintenance

>5% due to automatisation and notification of system failures

State of the art and main challenges

In residential buildings, inhabitants typically control only radiators, which lack sensors for additional metrics like CO2 levels. Monitoring hourly electricity prices to enable energy-saving actions (e.g., adjusting appliance use based on prices) is time-consuming. Navigating various BAS components for energy efficiency in homes poses a complex learning curve. Residential buildings require an easily adaptable “full service” aligned with user profiles, promoting energy efficiency without demanding particular expertise.

Innovations and added value

The project installs sensors and energy metres, and it links apartments to a BAS using renewable energy, weather data, and market prices. This creates a web platform for comparing energy use and efficiency (Class A, B, C), with BAS regulating factors affecting energy efficiency. Peer comparison promotes eco-friendly practices, streamlining monitoring.