SSE Energy Solutions shortlisted in 5 categories in the BCIA Awards 2020.
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is the unified voice of the UK building controls industry. The BCIA is committed to supporting all of its members in their efforts to establish and maintain the highest standards in product and system development, application and service. The BCIA encourages skills development and training, it aims to influence the development of legislation on building efficiency and control and promote the use of building controls in all of its applications.
The BCIA Awards recognise innovation, product development, project delivery and great training in the building controls industry.
Innovation was sought throughout the commissioning process, including the use of commissioning software which was inclusive of wireless headset compatibility to prove the functionality of the BEMS components. This proved to be particularly useful in the restricted area of the roof walkways where solenoid valves in the assisted bathrooms needed to be proven from a distance. Such innovation eliminated the requirement for our operatives to enter the confined space, as well as mitigating the risk of damaging the customer’s installed services by entering this restricted area and preventing rework.
The use of offsite manufacturing techniques in a strictly controlled environment, whilst not unique in the industry was, in this case deliberately chosen to reduce labour resource on what was a very congested site, thereby mitigating safety risks and maintaining high quality.
The effectiveness of SHE practices was conducted using external safety audits and provided insights to benefit the welfare of all on-site. SSE also takes environmental issues very seriously, for example, in the selection of re-usable safety covers over cheaper single-use plastics.
Throughout our work at York In-Patients Facility, by being meticulous with our attention to detail, we have surpassed customer expectations (see testimonial below), offering valuable technical input throughout the working process from first receiving the M&E services specification clarifying particulars to create a dynamic and efficient BEMS which as the client attests, truly incorporated the client’s requirements. By priding ourselves on delivering work ahead of the programme whilst not compromising on our work quality we have built upon our solid working relationship which has seen us secure additional works on site as we are perceived as a business capable of delivering the additional workload at the required high standards. On top of this our proactiveness in our pre-commissioning inspections and liaison with the package manager has surpassed the customer’s expectations as clarified in the below testimonial and has enabled our customer to ensure closeout activities are met to ensure timely completion to maintain programme compliance. To assist in raising the standards in the industry both SHE teams have worked collaboratively with regards to audits and implementation measures which has created a safer working environment for all those involved with on-site activities.
The Global Change Tool is an application that helps improve the management of time clocks and setpoints across a large estate. This provides the estate management team with a tool that maximises productivity by changing thousands of time clocks from the click of a button. The application goes through a number of integrity checks to ensure the correct time parameters are being written to the correct target time clock or set point. When the task is completed a report is provided advising on the success of the update. This is a complete end-to-end, fully automated task, that improves the productivity of the end-user ensuring changes across a large estate are completed quickly and efficiently. This is a device that remotely connects to all of the BeMS systems on a customer’s site and allows the user or the SSE Energy Management Centre to control or reset either the entire system, all or a subset of the Timings and/or Set-points. For example; scheduling all of the guest room temperatures in a hotel complex to be set to 21.5°C at 03:00 am.
No other product with this functionality is currently available. A previous generation of the tool has been used to run a major national retail estate and is used for making changes to the time settings on-demand, e.g. bank holiday switching, disabling off plant not required for the period. An enhancement to the application is the automated change tool for the management of data points to an agreed standard.
Standard settings are added to the data point interface, and weekly/monthly checks are completed. If the time settings are not at the agreed standard, the tool has the capability of changing the parameters back to the standard.
The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) had a BEMS installed and located in a basement plant room in Waverley Court. The BEMS system was connected to around 100 remote sites and was used for technical support and energy management services. The objectives of the project were;
This BEMS was located on a single server and configured with multiple sites to a single driver instance. This had been problematic due to BACnet port clashes resulting from engineering processes not being followed diligently. New sites to be added were engineered onto a single driver instance, to remove this level of complexity for new sites.
SSE ES, Siemens, and the customer decided that the best course of action would be to configure the Desigo CC architecture as a distributed system, as this would ensure ease of engineering for all Siemens VAPS and maintain the project objective of over 200 remote buildings connected. The infrastructure was managed remotely by SSE ES Energy Management Centre
Below is a summary of the innovative Desigo CC distributed system:
Energy-efficiency: Reduced electrical costs and cooling requirements relative to those from having a physical environment.
Hardware independence: There was no requirement to oversize the machines and increases could be made in the memory, storage, or processing power when needed, with no downtime. This resulted in a reduction in costs from physical hardware.
Time-saving: Provisioning any new server, in line with future project requirements, will be done in minutes rather than the days required with a physical infrastructure.
High availability: Virtual machines were configured via a SAN. In the event of a failure, it will launch another host device with minimal downtime.
Security: More secure power and broadband supplies
Eliminates hardware obsolescence: Physical Hardware would become dated in three years and would need to be replaced.
Minimal downtime: The physical solution required significant downtime when upgrading any hardware, whereas the virtual environment would result in significantly less downtime.
Tailored integrated backups: Integrated backups using VEEAM software were scheduled for deployment and tailored for the project needs, with monthly full backups and weekly/daily incremental back-ups.
Backup availability: Back-Ups for the virtual environment could be made available to another service provider within 1 week should the customer choose to move to another service provider.
Improved fault tolerance: Fault tolerance was improved due to the reduction of hardware from a physical environment
The objective of the programme is to provide a structured and time-bound programme of development for a selected group of Graduate Trainees that reflects the job description and associated competencies defined for the role of Project Sales Engineer.
The scope of the program will extend to include the learning and development necessary to provide those involved with the competencies necessary to function effectively as a Project Sales Engineer To include:-
The timeline for programme delivery to completion is 24 months from the date of Induction.
The graduates would gain a collective understanding across the group of how the SSE Energy Solutions Group operates within its own segment and how the group can take advantage of other products and services within the wider SSE Organisation. To include the following:-
Graduate trainees were assigned a mentor at the Senior Manager or Director level. The mentor’s role is to offer valuable ongoing advice on their career goals and how best to achieve them. They are also assigned a ‘buddy’, typically someone who has already completed the programme and with whom they can share thoughts and ideas and receive support.
The customer has leased a building on Cannon Street in London as their new UK headquarters. The design of the building brings a new and fresh image to their way of working and has been heavily influenced by agile work spaces, with connecting break‐out and social areas to encourage communication and flexible working. Three specific objectives were as follows: –
It was key that their Smart Building would undertake comprehensive analytics and be able to use the digital building data to perform specific outputs, based upon their objectives/requirements and allow users to interact with the building. For example;
Before the start of the cooling optimisation pre-cool period, the BMS will monitor the weather station/external solar radiation sensors and will modulate the atrium blinds to stop solar gain during optimiser cooling start. This action assists with cooling optimising algorithms and reduces plant start times before occupancy.
Before the start of the heating optimisation pre-heat period, the BMS monitors the weather station/external solar radiation sensors and will modulate the atrium blinds to harvest solar gain during optimiser heating start. This action assists with heating optimising algorithms and reduces plant start times before occupancy.
This is truly agile and flexible. Previous interactions will be learned and adaptation will take place.
The intelligent control system is fully integrated and installed as a complete BMS/Lighting package which includes all 3rd party integrations and makes this system different from standalone systems. Installation includes;
The BMS is helping the client achieve a WELL GOLD Certification (will be one of only a few in the UK!) by measuring Temperature, Humidity and Carbon Dioxide concentrations. Certification is attained through a scoring system for concepts like; air, water, light, fitness, comfort, and mind, to ensure the workplace environment is supporting staff to be happy and healthy. A key consideration for WELL is that it requires the data to be recorded, stored and shared. The BMS is doing this for levels of;
As noted by BRE Group – “Creating good indoor environmental quality (IEQ) by improving factors such as indoor air quality and correct lighting levels is increasingly recognized as improving occupant health, comfort, and physical/ mental wellbeing”, The BMS thus has a direct correlation to the positive wellbeing of the occupants of the building.
They believe that this will allow them to attract the best talent and keep their workforce and worldwide partners happy and healthy. They promote this within the recruitment section of their corporate website.
The ubiquitous SMART lighting system represents a real move towards biodynamic lighting and the building can control and adapt the content, intensity, duration, and timing of lighting to match occupant’s circadian rhythms. As a result, this user experience has been proven to lift the “mood” and improve the wellbeing of occupants within the building.