In this insight paper, Dr Kerry Mashford OBE explains how ABC has worked to integrate the energy systems required for an active building. Following on from the publication of ABC’s Blueprint, this document focuses on integration as a principle to consider at all stages of the energy hierarchy pyramid. Dr Mashford takes us through the reasons for integration and how this has been achieved in practice by ABC in some of their projects.
The document takes the reader on a journey to integration through various stages of a project life cycle − from design and selection of technologies, procurement and installation, all the way to maintenance and user involvement. The importance of interoperability and of the development of collaborative and cross-industrial standards is also discussed, and the document concludes with practical suggestions to reduce barriers and increase the extent and speed of deployment of integrated building energy systems.