21 May 2019
The updated version of the National Construction Code (NCC) Australia has recently been released and the changes will come into full effect in May 2020 after a 12-month transition period.
Section J8.3 of the 2019 NCC introduces a new requirement for energy metering data to be centralised into a single interface monitoring system. For facility managers, building owners and other relevant stakeholder’s, this update means that valuable information captured by the energy meters is not lost but rather more easily available to be utilised in maintaining and improving the buildings energy usage and efficiency.
Buildings with a floor area of more than 2,500m2 and common area more than 500m2 must have energy meters connected to this single interface monitoring system where time of use energy data can be stored, analysed and reviewed.
Available from NHP is the VMU-C, a powerful energy monitoring controller that collates and stores energy meter data and displays this information in an intuitive and configurable user interface. Featuring an in-built webserver, all captured information in the VMU-C is remotely accessible via an internet connection. No additional software is needed.
The VMU-C easily connects to energy meters via RS485 MODBUS communication providing an easy and effective means for compliance of small and medium installations in accordance to the recent NCC update.
With its integrated machine to machine functionalities, the VMU-C is also capable of automatically transferring data via FTP, HTTP or MODBUS/TCP to a remote server where a SCADA, BMS or other database is running.