Problem Addressed

According to the UK Parliament, in 2019, 17% of UK heating emissions from buildings came from homes. The UK has taken one of the most progressive standpoints on decarbonisation and amendments to building regulations have been put in place to help maintain a balanced pathway to achieve these goals. The immediate challenge facing house builders and providers of housing the social sector is to find an affordable solution which can ensure compliance with Part L 2021 and the Future Homes Standard without significantly impacting on their customers lifestyles. 

Solution Overview

Wondrwall Energy is a fully-integrated, award-winning solution which combines AI-powered home automation, gas-free heating (energy-saving infrared, UFH and smart hot water cylinders), solar PV and battery storage to create intelligent net zero homes. Wondrwall offers a cost-effective, intelligent, all-electric solution to decarbonisation that not only tackles the green agenda but has the potential to make positive social and welfare improvements. 

The Wondrwall Light Switch is at the heart of the company’s approach to creating intelligent net-zero homes. Running its own operating system and housing 13 different sensors covering temperature, humidity, power, motion, luminosity and sound; the Wondrwall Light Switch creates a sensory network throughout the home to truly understand and autonomously adapt to human behaviours and environmental factors. 

Wondrwall combines the data it collects through the Wondrwall Light Switches with external information such as weather, time-of-use tariffs, energy carbon content, geo-location data and resident’s preferences and actions (both in and out of the home). This equates to approximately 20,000 datapoints which an average Wondrwall home analyses, without any input from the occupant, every single day. The home is then optimised to maximise energy efficiencies and minimise carbon and grid costs. 

The full Wondrwall Energy solution has the potential to deliver zero carbon homes which can save the occupants up to 90% on their energy bills.  

Case Study

Wondrwall partnered with Keepmoat to deliver a trial of their net-zero solution at the Connell Gardens Development as part of Manchester City Council’s regeneration plan for the Gorton area. The trial included a solar array size of 4.48kWp/6.5kWh. Results from the trial saw an annual energy cost reduction of £456 which was an 88% reduction; whilst the annual carbon reduction was 884kg. Benefits for the occupants include reduced energy bills, improved quality of life, greater security, and a nicer home. Benefits for the house builder include achieving Future Homes Standard, improved EPC ratings and increased customer satisfaction. Benefits for the community include reducing carbon emissions, utilising local labour & suppliers/re-skilling & job opportunities in Green Energy, improved health, reduced burden on NHS and social services, and boosting the local economy. Manchester City Council are very pleased with the development at West Gorton and the use of smart technology to make the homes low carbon, saving residents money on their energy bills that will benefit them financially. Residents at West Gorton reported finding the system easy to use and was impressed to already be seeing savings on his energy bills. 

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