Owners and operators of HVAC systems & Facility Managers
Minimum Participation Requirements
The fully web-based nature of the iSERV database means that collecting sub-hourly energy consumption data from their HVAC systems can participate. To have an HVAC system included in iSERV a participant must be able to provide the following minimum information to the project for at least one full year:
- Data on floor area and activities served
- Data on HVAC system components, sensors and utility meters
- Ongoing sub-hourly data for at least one HVAC component
To register your interest in participating in iSERVcmb you must first register in the iSERVcmb official website. Once you register, one of our representatives will contact you promptly.
Details on how to register
There are two levels of registration:
The first level registers your interest in participating in iSERV by providing data on the energy use of your HVAC systems. You will start to receive feedback on this data once we have sufficient data to generate information appropriate to the activities served by your HVAC system(s). Registering your interest in providing data will lead to a series of emails from the iSERV Partner responsible for supporting your country, as well as the initial data input template to complete for your HVAC system(s) and the area(s) served by the HVAC system(s).
The second level of registration means you will be sent newsletters by email approximately every 6 months unless you choose not to receive them. You will also be alerted by email whenever there is any major news from iSERV including workshops and presentations.
Participation is possible in all EU – 27 member states.
The countries highlighted in red below show countries with partners involved in the project. The website shows which partner is responsible for supporting which EU member state
Frequently Asked Questions
How much data should I look to collect?
At present energy use by component, system and space temperatures, Relative Humidity, Pressures and fluid flows are all additional data likely to be capable of storage in the system so worth recording now. Hours of use and setpoints will also be recorded. The iSERV project intends to offer automatic identification of possible ECOs based on the data you supply.
Will iSERV need access to my organisation’s systems?
iSERV will not connect to any systems directly. It works by you sending data to the iSERVcmb application. This process can be automated in many BMS or other data collection systems. There are therefore no security issues that need to be addressed through the use of iSERV.
Can I access and manipulate the data I have loaded to iSERV?
Yes. The iSERV system is completely web-based meaning most web browsers will be able to access it. Users will be given unique usernames and passwords allowing them to undertake some reporting directly from the system, including being able to download user definable tables of their data so that they can manipulate the data in their own Excel sheets.
How many systems are needed and is it free to use?
The iSERV database will be free to use for the first 100 HVAC systems entered from each EU Member State – with around 1600 HVAC systems being sought across Europe. This is not very many so you are encouraged to register interest as soon as possible. Additional systems entered after these numbers have been reached will be allowed only if sufficient space exists on the database. The database architecture is infinitely expandable but additional data storage and processing carries associated costs which will need to be met if required. This issue will be addressed once it is reached. There is no limitation on the amount of data that can be stored for each HVAC system as some systems are necessarily more complex than others, though data collection intervals of less than 15 minutes will be consolidated into 15 or 30 minute interval data as appropriate. One of the conditions of the IEE grant is that the systems recorded should be representative of the mix of HVAC types found in each EU MS. iSERV therefore has the final decision on whether to include a system or not.