Isle of Wight leisure centre chosen for smart-building EU funded pilot project

The pilot project, funded by the EU, will help the Isle of Wight council reduce energy bills and carbon emissions and demonstrates how a conventional building can become a smart building.

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Isle of Wight council staff have more information about energy use and environmental impact of a local leisure centre in a project which will provide valuable data to an EU-wide study analysing how the smart cities of the future may operate.

Siemens and the Isle of Wight Council chose the Heights Leisure Centre as a pilot project to see whether energy demand could be reduced as well as using it to evaluate how smart building management systems can be incorporated into existing infrastructure to create a smart building.

Working with local firm
As part of the project, Siemens’ engineers, working in conjunction with local controls and automation engineers from FW Marsh, integrated the existing building control and energy infrastructure with a smart building management system, turning a conventional building into a connected building.

The work, part of the ongoing EU-funded InteGRIDy project, included analysis of how the Centre’s building management system worked, looking at where improvements could be made, and which loads could benefit from remote demand response control.

Capturing data to analyse energy use
While the Centre had a functioning building management system to control many of the primary energy sources, it didn’t provide the level of data needed to analyse energy use effectively.

To be able to analyse the data, the team installed the Siemens Navigator system, a cloud-based data collection and analytics platform which helps the user understand where and when energy is being used and what is happening in the Centre’s spaces.

Reducing energy bills and carbon emissions
Once installed and working with the existing system, the platform began to provide engineers with 18,000 new readings from 60 data points daily for analysis. This includes data which helps identify continued operation of systems when the building is closed to finding the optimal air temperature that balances energy, comfort and impact to the building.

This could lead to changes being implemented which would allow people using the building to experience more comfortable temperatures, the Council seeing reduced energy bills and reduced carbon emissions.

Byvelds: Conventional building can become a smart building
Mark Byvelds, Energy Engineer from Siemens Building Technologies, said:

“This has been an incredible project to work on which has started a conventional leisure centre on the journey to becoming a smart and connected building.

“We live in a world of big data where buildings and more importantly, their occupants, have a great opportunity to benefit from detailed analysis of this data.

“The result of this could lead to greater transparency on how the Centre operates using the data analysis services running in the background to identify opportunities to reduce operating costs, increase energy efficiency and improve comfort for the Centre’s visitors.

“This project demonstrates how a conventional building can become a smart building and proves that existing buildings can become easily connected with the right know-how.”

Hobart: Pleased to be support innovative approach
The Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet member for environment and heritage, Cllr John Hobart, said:

“We are very pleased to be supporting this innovative approach to understanding the energy used by council facilities, and the potential for closer control of our systems offers great opportunities for reduced running costs and a more comfortable environment for users.”

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12 Comments on "Isle of Wight leisure centre chosen for smart-building EU funded pilot project"

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Whilst there maybe some benefits somewhere, the item is full of gobbledegook which may impress some; me, I’d prefer it in plain understandable english. I realise the days are gone whereby the caretaker would turn the lights out and the heating off at the end of the day or maybe open a window if it’s a bit hot, but it is the complexity of the jargon that… Read more »
Making buildings (and other things) “smart” has a lot of potential. In this case, adding a lot of sensors (such as movement, temperature and other things) to controls (heating and lighting in different zones) and communications via the internet to a remote site with clever data analysis means first you can understand what energy is being used, where and when. Then you can analyse if you can… Read more »
The website for the project is worth visiting It covers IoW project which is in support of the council strategy to be self sufficient in local renewable energy, plan the grid strategy and include electic vehicles. All around, a good thing for the island. IoW case study is here plus we get 2 mentions on the news page and the IoW case will be presented… Read more »
iain mckie

There are 10 inteGRIDy projects currently across the EU. The UK is awarded one, i.e. 10% despite the fact that the UK contributes 13% to the overall budget, and the biggest beneficiary in this project is Siemens a German company.

Siemens Building Technologies UK is based in that well-known German town, Frimley, Surrey. Siemens UK is a 5bn company with 15,000 UK employees. Sir William Siemens was naturalised in 1859. Siemens helped connect up the British Empire through its telegraph cables – laying the first Calcutta to London telegraph line (cables from their factory in Charlton – another well-known German town in SE London). Your comment is… Read more »

SO what if they are German? what are you getting at Iain?

iain mckie

My point is simply this: during the referendum campaign much was made about how much money the UK got back from the eu, but here we see that the profits from from an eu project flowing out of the UK.


Profit has been flowing out of the UK since the 80’s and the start of Thatchers privatisation, so your point carries no weight.

iain mckie

Due to Thatcherism the UK is Europe’s number one destination for FDI

Your point is as inaccurate as ever. Frimley was in UK, last time I looked. Still, the truth has never stood in the way of a ukip story. You could even point out that despite being only one of the 10 inteGRIDy projects, we are going to benefit from the learnings from all 10 – so we’re getting 100% of the benefit from 10% of the work.… Read more »
iain mckie
And Siemens is listed on the DAX. Thanks where the profits end up. Also I have nothing at all to do with UKIP and haven’t for several years. My interest with them was getting the UK out of the EU and promoting a pro business pro free markets pro personal liberty pro scaling down of government etc libertarianism. As soon as there was no opportunity for the… Read more »

The IoW project is actually one of the 5 “large scale” pilots, there are also 5 small scale ones so it’s far more than the inaccurate 10% you quote (made up figure as usual). There is also a great deal of actual benefit the IoW is getting from our pilot – supporting the council’s community strategy to be self-sufficient in electricity.