Data sovereignty of energy data from real estate is largely with metering service providers. At first glance this seems plausible, however, potential is lost at almost every level of housing companies. This article will explain why data sovereignty plays an important role in the management of real estate and which potentials may be realized at the individual company levels.

1. Energy data usage in REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT

The preparation of heat and operating cost bills is usually handled by external measurement service providers. In recent years,however, there has been a clear trend towards the independent billing of these costs. The foundation for this process is provided by tenant, cost and above all energy consumption data.

More efficient processes through the independent billing of heating costs

With KUGU, employees who prepare the service charge bills have the possibility to independently bill heat and operating costs completely digital and largely automated. KUGU thus places the process of service charge billing holistically in the hands of the housing industry. This eliminates inefficient processes in the cooperation with existing metering service providers and frees up resources that can be used more efficiently. In addition, new revenue sources are made available, as revenue for the independently provided services remains within the company.

2. What do energy data mean for HEAT CONTRACTING or the TECHNICAL PROJECTMANAGER

In German residential buildings, especially heating systems are subject to a high modernization pressure as they are mostly outdated or not adjusted efficiently. Owners are not to blame for this development, since it is the government that fails to provide necessary incentives to optimize energy efficiency in buildings. However, new apportionable modernization potentials can be developed using the data collected for billing heating costs.

Data usage for technical managers

KUGU continuously analyzes and monitors the data of central heating systems based on the gas, heat, and electricity meters in the buildings.  On the one hand, KUGU thus enables continuous monitoring of the heating systems ("Is heat emitted?"). On the other hand, KUGUs self-learning algorithms evaluate the data for potentials to optimize the systems. Automatically created recommendations for action can then be used by operators, maintenance companies or technical staff for a optimized operation of the system. This way, energy efficiency of heating systems can be increased by 12 % and a faster response to system errors can be achieved. Thus KUGU reduces the ecological footprint of central heating systems sustainably. Additional technology for regulation or control is not required, so costs are minimal.

3. Why is energy data important for the ASSET MANAGEMENT

Targeted investments in optimizing energy efficiency and thus reducing CO2 emissions are becoming increasingly important. Until now, however, decisions are often based on experience and rarely on facts or data.

Know where and when to invest

In addition to optimizing heating system efficiency, consumption data of the systems can be relevant for the asset management. Here it is possible to identify which systems work efficiently or how different systems compare. Thus, in cooperation with the technical management and KUGU, larger optimization potentials such as faulty, outdated or inefficient pumps can be identified and replaced if necessary.

4. What do energy data mean for the BOARD OF DIRECTORS & THE EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

The optimization of energy efficiency plays a central role in almost all real estate companies. Not only the specifications for CO2 taxation or the demand for sustainability reports are becoming increasingly important, but investors are also placing energy efficiency more and more at the center of their investment decisions.

CO2 reporting for the executive management

The above-mentioned measures lead to a significantly improved CO2 balance over the entire stock and have a positive effect on the CO2 or sustainability report. The KUGU platform prepares the data tailored to these reports and thus enables an insight into the CO2 balance throughout the year. Investments and portfolio changes are presented separately which allows a realistic view of the collected data. If made public, this transparency improves the image of the own company by showing the lowered ecological footprint. Also interesting, the independent processing of data, which saves costs and in the long run increases the company's ability to invest.

5. What do energy data mean for RESIDENTS

Residents and other users of the building are also interested in the data collected. The legal requirements of the EED (European Energy Directive) and the GEG (Building Energy Act) are intended to further increase awareness among tenants for their own energy consumption.

A holistic use of data includes the resident

Residents and users of the building benefit from the provision of consumption data via KUGU's resident app. Here, heat, water, and electricity consumption can be viewed and compared with comparative periods and advance payments. The continuous supply of consumption data ensures a more conscious use of energy, which saves additional energy. Besides, residents benefit from efficient heating systems and associated lower operating costs and leaner processes with the reading of consumption meters.

6. What does energy data mean for the TECHNICAL BUILDING SERVICES

Every day, a large number of external service providers work in and on the property and the heating system. Maintenance companies, craftsmen, and other service providers can use energy data to optimize their services and processes.

More efficient coordination of technical service providers

Recommendations for heating system optimization and indications of irregularities in their operation result in service assignments for internal or external maintenance service providers. The provision of the service assignment information can be conveniently handled by KUGU. Using the KUGU Service App, service managers can access assignment information, evaluate radiators as well as register new properties, and building technology in the portal. KUGU thus ensures smoother and more efficient processes between housing companies and service providers.

KUGU as the turntable for digital energy management

For the housing industry, KUGU provides a hub for the energetic management of buildings. All services and service providers are equally integrated into the platform, which ultimately results in streamlined processes for everyone and a reduced ecological footprint for the environment.