Monitoring the performance of buildings is a key step towards tackling the climate emergency. Giving building owners and operators real-time data allows them to control the energy use of their properties, cutting down on needless greenhouse gas emissions by turning off the heating or lighting when they’re not needed, and saving money at the same time.
Utopi needed a device that could be installed in homes to measure a range of factors, from temperature, humidity, and air pressure through to motion, noise, and ambient light. The devices will be deployed in scores of rented properties, student flats, and retirement homes, and so needed to be low cost and also draw very little power.
Falk Bleyl, chief technology officer at Utopi, which is based at Hamilton in Scotland, explained: “The device not only needed to be packed full of sensors but also aesthetically pleasing – it will be installed in high-quality homes, and so it mustn’t look out of place among flatscreen televisions, recessed lighting, and other pieces of modern technology.
“In short, we were looking for a unicorn – something that didn’t exist – so we had to create it. We didn’t have much experience in the electronics industry, and so teaming up with CB Technology was the ideal solution because they guided us through each step of the process.”