Smart Monitoring and Control
A case study of the work by Sentient Buildings
- Controls heat based on indoor temperature feedback from the in-unit thermostats, instead of outdoor air temperature
- Remote control of in-unit fan coil heaters and monitoring of fan speed
In 2013, The Falcon Group and Sentient Buildings were challenged with significantly reducing energy consumption at Claridge House II, a luxury multifamily condominium with over 400 units. Funding from NJ Clean Energy Pay for Performance Program (P4P) helped to cover the cost of a building-wide window replacement, lighting upgrade, new boiler plant controls with monitoring capabilities, and in-unit monitoring and control for a sampling of apartments. The in-unit additions included digital wall thermostats with sensors to communicate with the central plant, wireless remote control of the fan coil units, and monitoring of fan speed. The retrofit led to approximately 20% of heating energy savings.