Living Lab: AirEx – Smart Ventilation Control
Published: 12 September 2018

Tens of millions of homes in the UK were built with low energy efficiency standards. Residents struggle with poor insulation, leading to cold rooms and uncomfortable draughts, meaning occupants often need to turn up the heating, which in turn drives up energy bills.

Research suggests that traditional air-bricks or vents are responsible for up to 15% of heat loss in the home, while residents that block air vents permanently, can suffer condensation and damp problems, with an average repair bill of £3,000. Not to mention risking indoor air quality and occupants’ health.

London-based technology start-up, AirEx, believe they have a solution: a smart ventilation control – or put more simply – an intelligent airbrick, that uses sensors to monitor temperature, humidity and air quality in the home. It uses advanced algorithms to manage airflow and ventilation, while also considering local weather and air quality data. AirEx opens the vents to reduce underfloor humidity and closes them to reduce heat loss and improve overall comfort.

Working with Energy Systems Catapult

Energy Systems Catapult is helping accelerate the innovation to market through our Living Lab – a place where innovators can test new products, services and business models in up to 100 real-world homes connected to a cloud-based digital platform by an array of in-home IoT sensors/actuators. The Living Lab has been created to help innovators ensures consumers are at the heart of the UK energy systems transformation.

Using the Living Lab, AirEx gained:

  • rapid access to real-world testing: quicker, easier, more hassle-free access to residents.
  • high-value data: high-value, high-volume, real-time data required to prove how AirEx’s product changes the thermal performance of a home.
  • accelerated learning: access to years of historic consumer and technical comparative data from previous trials in the same homes, enabling AirEx to shorten their evidence gathering from 24 months to 12 months.
  • new public and private sector contacts: new opportunities for AirEx to engage private sector investors and potential customers e.g. local authorities.

Next steps

Energy Systems Catapult is now working with AirEx to support product validation and accelerate to market, including exploiting data from the current trial for product development, support on business planning, and extending the monitoring period in the Living Lab to a larger scale.

Download the Case Study for more information.