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Energy consumption control: IoT for buildings
In partnership with local authorities, FDI HABITAT designs, builds and manages social housing on a human scale. In addition to its core business, social housing, it is developing offers for student housing, residences for the elderly, specialized reception centres, building plots and social home ownership through purchase.
For several months, the challenge of FDI Habitat was to understand and respond to the various dysfunctions present within the residence and strongly influencing the comfort of the inhabitants:
The heating elements have broken, causing hot water failures
The counters continued to run
The solar panels were undersized and tilted at 15°.
These malfunctions lasted between 3 and 4 years. FDI HABITAT’s problem was twofold: the landlord needed to be able to manage its energy consumption, but also to be able to guarantee the inhabitants a large improvement in their comfort and the resolution of malfunctions.
“We discovered Synox through Mr. Muller from Acceo, who knew Synox and trusted them completely. So we got together and agreed quite quickly, since we had the same objectives. We had meetings with Synox to discuss the project and the team advised us on the connected objects to deploy and the package adapted to our use cases. “says Tortajade.
In order to respond to FDI HABITAT’s needs, we have installed 4 sensors that we have also integrated into our IoT platformsAfter connecting them to the LoRa network, the data can be sent directly to our platforms, allowing FDI HABITAT to manage the addition and operation of the sensors, to create dashboards with quantified indicators and to program alerts when thresholds are exceeded.
Thus, thanks to the combination of our different expertises on the whole value chain of an IoT project “Object + Connectivity + Platform”, FDI HABITAT is now able to supervise the installation remotely.
“Today the results are very good, as we have achieved a significant decrease in energy consumption, and therefore we have reduced our tenants’ expenses.”
Before talking about energy savings,increasing comfort is a priority for the landlord, especially since tenant satisfaction inevitably leads to satisfaction on the part of the town councils and managers.
Between the Synox teams, the field technicians and us managers, we managed to reach an agreement on the project. We finally put our trust in Synox, and I think we did the right thing!
David TORTAJADE, Works Manager at FDI HABITAT
Activity: Social landlord
Date of creation : 1967
Geographic scope: Occitania
- Equipped with 4 sensors
- Geographical zone : Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone
- Improving the quality of life of residents
- Controlling energy consumption
- Measure and analyze meter data
- Significant decrease in energy consumption
- Satisfaction of the tenants of the residence
- Reduction of costs related to energy consumption
The objective is to succeed in reducing tenants’ expenses and improving their comfort. FDI HABITAT then entered a positive spiral that it wishes to develop: if there is a decrease in charges, the tenants can pay their rent with less difficulty, which reduces the risk of unpaid rent. Thus, at that time it can improve the residences, develop and even consider building.
“It’s a virtuous circle in which everything starts from the bottom up: if the residences are poorly maintained and cost a lot of money to maintain, the residents won’t be satisfied and we won’t have a good image. Now that we’re in this positive spiral, we’re going to do everything we can to develop and expand it as much as possible.”
Impact on business teams
In addition, this installation has reduced response time. The objective is to ensure that employees in the field are asked to do as little as possible and that they have a maximum amount of feedback to be able to call the service providers, follow up and get results, while guaranteeing tenant satisfaction.
Long term vision
“What you need to know is that the Mas Crespy residence is a model residence. In the long term, FDI HABITAT’s objective is to cover all of its assets, i.e. 18 boiler rooms in Occitania. Our desire is to continue our collaboration with Synox and to develop our partnership. We are starting a real project, lasting 4 years, of complete development on FDI HABITAT’s assets”.
What is important to underline is that today, if we are received by tenants’ associations, we will have a means of justification and we will be able to show concrete elements: the SoDATA#Viz dashboards, the results obtained and the different analyses that follow from them. On the Synox platforms we have access to all the data, so we can say that it works.
David TORTAJADE, Works Manager at FDI HABITAT
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