Energy management company Prefect Controls recently celebrated the installation of the 50,000th control unit on its Irus Portal.
Helping to control heat input to individual rooms, Irus is the Building Energy Management System designed specifically for multi-occupancy dwellings, ensuring energy can’t be used unnecessarily.
There are now 50,000 control units at 101 sites. These sites include university campuses, purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) providers and hotels.
Currently the largest single site is UWE with over 3,000 controls, with the campus in Bristol saving nearly 900,000kWh in the year following the initial installation.
The number of interconnecting devices that seamlessly integrate to monitor and control has also expanded, boosting the power of the Irus Portal.
“Being part of the drive to de-carbonisation and helping accommodation providers on their journey to reach Net-zero targets, is very fulfilling. With Irus and our local controls, we calculate that around 10% of the UK’s student accommodation estate is now controlled by a Prefect product.”Tom McAndrew, Project Manager, Prefect Controls
This achievement follows the launch of SMART Tank, the only pre-plumbed, pre-wired hot-water cylinder with on-board controls, earlier this year. It provides monitoring of consumption, temperature, and wastage of both energy and water.
Prefect’s PipeSense measures water temperature within pipes at the point of use whilst also monitoring room and pipe temperature. This process helps to identify water wastage through dripping taps or leaking toilet cisterns.
Alongside this, Prefect’s HobSensus is helping to keep residents safe in kitchens by ensuring that electric hobs cannot be left on if the hob is left unattended.
When integrated with the Irus Portal, seamless functionality across all aspects of student living can be achieved.