As the cost of onsite renewable generation and storage continues to fall and deployment of EV charge points in car parks increases, buildings of the future will become energy hubs. This means balancing a range of locally generated and stored energy sources with variable loads – from charging stations to heating and cooling and other appliances. In addition, building owners can reduce their energy costs by maximizing self-consumption of onsite renewable sources and reducing peak demand charges, and generate additional revenues through the provision of grid balancing services to the network operator. While business continuity, comfort and resilience will continue to be of primary importance to building owners and their tenants, the need to reduce energy costs and carbon footprint to meet stakeholder and regulatory requirements, such as the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, will become ever more important.
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