Energy Management in the Retail Sector

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Nobody has more experience than Next Controls in the cost active design manufacture, installation, commissioning and support of advanced integrated BEMS and smart building technology. Based on over 25 years experience of smart buildings and BEMS technology, we possess a proven track record in building energy management with an enviable base of valued blue-chip clients, who chose us because we are able to offer truly cost-effective integrated smart building control solutions and ongoing building support services.

Smart building technology

Our wealth of experience in remotely monitoring and managing buildings means we are able to offer our services to a wide client base in many market sectors. The foundation of all smart building solutions from Next Controls is our holistic approach to the integration of smart building technologies including fiscal and sub utility metering, generating truly cost-effective system installation and building control services.

Our unique post-installation services optimise the performance of our clients’ initial investment in building technology, associated plant and services, creating long-term sustainable energy and operational cost savings in Retail, Commercial, Healthcare and Educational market sectors.

Systems integration

For any organisation, the management of building performance and energy consumption data is a massive task simply by the nature of the complexity of the systems requiring integration and their inter-dependencies. Next Controls has the necessary technical expertise, specialist skills and a proven track record enabling our clients to gain financial benefit from the adoption of our integrated building performance and energy management services.

Smart building data

With the advancement of communications technology, virtually every component of a building is now capable of generating and communicating valuable building performance information and data (big building data). In order to take advantage of the available data, it is necessary for this information to be seamlessly integrated into one common reporting platform.

Next Controls are one of the few companies with the experience and expertise to seamlessly communicate with diverse manufacturers equipment including smart fiscal and sub utility metering enabling our clients to take full advantage of this big building data to their financial benefit.

Centralised technical support

The cost of maintaining a suitably qualified technical team capable of handling and managing smart building control systems, energy consumption monitoring and building services on a site by site basis is commercially prohibitive.

Our technical support team possess the necessary qualifications and experience to understand and remotely manage energy, smart building control technology, electrical, refrigeration and HVAC building services.

Our clients are able to tap into this available pool of expertise to remotely manage estate wide their energy usage, BEMS/ smart building controls and building services at a fraction of the cost of directly employing the appropriate technical resources.

 

Retail organisations face a number of challenges involving building service and energy management.

 

 Financial Management

Constant budgetary pressure to reduce operating costs year on year.

Solution: Energy Surveys and Audits identify short medium and long-term goals, delivering sustainable building efficiency and utility savings.

Lack of accurate metrics against which to make informed future investment decisions.

Solution: Big Building Data Analysis and Reporting Service will provide unparalleled insight into the current performance of your buildings and estates.

Ensuring that refrigerated services constantly achieve 99.999% availability and uptimes.

Solution: Service Availability Reporting provides you with real-time availability status of your refrigerated services.

Unplanned utility overspends with no ability to minimise them and identify their cause.

Solution: Operational Change Monitoring Service identifies and eliminates costly overspend as they happen.

Managing refrigeration failure to minimise stock losses.

Solution: 24/7 Critical Inventory Monitoring Service minimises critical product/stock losses.

Delivering immediate meaningful energy savings for minimal capital investment.

Solution: BEMS Optimisation will deliver immediate savings from your existing investments in building technology.

 

Facilities and Estates

Constant pressure to deliver exceptional service management at minimum cost.

Solution: Building Performance Management identifies short, medium and long-term goals, delivering sustainable building efficiency and utility savings.

Obtaining accurate metrics against which to make informed energy management recommendations.

Solution: Big Building Data Analysis and Reporting Service will provide unparalleled insight into the performance of the buildings and estates that you manage.

Lack of technical resource to effectively manage existing building services and control technologies.

Solution: Building Performance Management provides the necessary technical resource at a fraction of the in-house costs.

Assessing and managing specialist contractor performance and service availability.

Solution: Service Availability Reporting provides you with real-time availability status of your building services plant together with service contractor performance statistics.

Monthly reporting deadline pressures due to multiple spreadsheet syndrome.

Solution: Big Building Data Analysis and Reporting Service reduces the pressures on reporting and eliminates multiple spreadsheet syndrome.

Maintaining day-to-day control over utility and operational spending against budget.

Solution: Big Building Data Analysis and Reporting Service provides real-time spending insight at macro levels.

 

Energy & Sustainability

Constant budgetary pressure to reduce utility costs year on year.

Solution: Energy Surveys and Audits identify short medium and long-term goals, delivering sustainable building efficiency and utility savings.

Obtaining accurate metrics against which to make informed recommendations to management.

Solution: Big Building Data Analysis and Reporting Service provides unparalleled insight into the performance of your buildings and estates.

Unplanned utility overspends with no ability to minimise them and identify their cause.

Solution: Operational Change Monitoring Service identifies and eliminates costly overspend as they happen.

Difficulties in analysing large amounts of metered utility data from multiple data streams.

Solution: Big Building Data Analysis and Reporting Service makes data analysis simple enabling you to rapidly generate meaningful results.

Lack of technical resource to effectively manage existing building services and control technologies.

Solution: Building Performance Management provides the necessary technical resource at a fraction of in-house costs.

Strategizing sustainable long-term energy and carbon reduction policies.

Solution: Energy Surveys and Audits identify short medium and long-term goals, delivering sustainable building efficiency and utility savings.

 

Energy Management for Waitrose & John Lewis

Understanding the complex requirements of a retail environment is what makes Axon the perfect partner for your retail estate. We are experts in both refrigeration and HVAC services optimisation.

The Waitrose John Lewis Partnership is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s most successful and respected premium retail groups.

Their stores and branches are focussed on the overall customer experience but with a strong sustainability thread that incorporates partners’ engagement into the overall Partnership sustainability strategy.

Our installed technologies, stakeholder visualisations and analytics have delivered significant reductions in both operational and energy spend by:

  • Reducing engineering callouts
  • Mitigating stock loss
  • Reducing trading loss
  • Eliminating abortive callouts
  • Reducing maintenance costs
  • Reducing store energy intensity
  • Minimising reputation risk

The full case study can be found here.

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