Prefect Irus and UWE winners at the Energy Saving Awards 2023

Recognised for its energy saving innovation, the Prefect Irus system, alongside the University of the West of England (UWE), has been presented with the prestigious award.

Adrian Barber accepted the award on behalf of Prefect Controls and the UWE | Prefect Controls | UWE Bristol | PBSA News
Adrian Barber accepted the award on behalf of Prefect Controls and the University of the West of England.

Energy management system Prefect Irus by Prefect Controls and the UWE has announced that it has won Education Sector Project of the Year at the Energy Saving Awards 2023.

The project at the Frenchay Campus in Bristol comprises over 2,000 rooms controlled by the Irus Building Energy Management System (BeMS) and has created savings of 800,000+ kWh annually.

“I am delighted that Prefect Controls have received recognition of their fantastic product and customer service. The Irus system has made UWE significant savings in energy, money and carbon. It has also improved the comfort of our students, and the service we give through improved controllability of the accommodation heating systems. The Prefect Controls team are a pleasure to work with, and well worthy of this award.”

Kirsti Norris, Energy Manager, UWE
Prefect Irus and the UWE won the Education Sector Project of the Year award | Prefect Controls | UWE Bristol | PBSA News
Prefect Irus and the University of the West of England won the Education Sector Project of the Year award.

The latest phase of the project has included HobSensus – the kitchen safety device that monitors hobs and automatically switches them off when left unattended or temperatures on cooking surfaces approach dangerous levels.

Integration with the Irus system enables managers to view energy consumption remotely on the dedicated portal, along with low battery level indication and alerts to highlight repeat alarm triggers.

“This has been a tremendous year for Irus. We have added more rooms to the portal than ever before, bringing the total close to 55,000. Recognition of the real-world benefits of Irus for student accommodation will hopefully help to spread the word that net zero targets and carbon reduction are easier to achieve, along with significant cost savings, when Irus is part of the strategy.”

Adrian Barber, Marketing Manager, Prefect Controls

The Energy Saving Awards, organised by Datateam Business Media, celebrates the very best professionals, projects and products across Energy Management sectors. The awards have been created to acknowledge the work carried out by organisations to reduce carbon emissions and become more energy efficient.