Could Covid-19 be the catalyst for a more sustainable future?

Are we locked down or opened up to a new way of doing things? 

Axon Systems and our partner Multiphase have been on the front line within the Building Automation industry, and we have listened. In the short-term, buildings were shut down, mothballed, and remained empty or partially occupied for many months. This was beneficial in terms of reducing the energy consumption of buildings in the short term, however as buildings have been opened once again, huge problems have been created.

One of the many problems is that guidelines relating to mitigating the risks of COVID-19 within buildings have put huge pressure on Building and Facilities Managers who are obliged to put in place  mitigating measures such as increased hygiene routines, social distancing and alteration to ventilation. These measures have hugely increased the carbon footprint in buildings which have opened back up. Consequently, as we move into Autumn, mechanical ventilation will be running flat out, and windows will be open to restrict transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Heating and Cooling systems across the country will be pushed to the limit.

Following the last major flu pandemic in 1918 caused by the H1N1 virus, in following years heating systems were designed to cope with heat loss so that windows were able to be opened on the coldest day of the year, and the heating system was designed to counteract huge heat loss. Fast forward 98 years and it is no longer the case following evolution to more efficient and sustainable buildings, control systems and rising energy costs. Simply put, in occupied buildings during winter, if the windows are open you will be cold, you will reduce the risk of COVID-19, and you will get high energy bills. So, what do we do about it?

Firstly, let’s go back to the original question. Axon believe in the short-term, as buildings open back up, COVID-19 will increase carbon emissions and impede sustainability. Additionally, Building and Facilities Managers will remain under huge pressures to maintain COVID-19 related safety guidelines whilst also battling rising energy consumption.

This is where Axon systems rises to the challenge. We have designed self-powering solutions to assist the Building and Facility Manager in providing a safe working environment in accordance with regulatory guidelines. Our systems are fully automatic and are designed to both mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and facilitate energy efficient control. This is all achieved through, self-powering wireless and batteryless technology. We at Axon systems aim to open your mind to the world of self-powering technology as a new way of doing things which are focused on long-term pathways to sustainability.

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