How digital solutions can help manage indoor air quality during and after COVID-19

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Based current knowledge on coronavirus transmission routes, it is recommended to renew the air and ensure good ventilation in order to remove virus particles and to prevent their accumulation in buildings. But, how can we ensure that the ventilation in place is effective?

How can digital solutions help manage indoor air quality in buildings and assess if ventilation is effective?

In the current context of COVID-19, monitoring the performance and effectiveness of the ventilation is fundamental. The role of digital solutions is crucial as they allow facility and building managers to understand the data measured in a given context, putting it in a historical perspective and taking into account a number of variables, such as the occupation of the building. 

Digital solutions help facility and building managers take the right actions using the right information at the right time. They provide insights in two aspects:

  1. Comfort and Air quality: this parameter is measured via the concentration of CO2 in the air
  2. Performance of equipment such as ventilation systems: how effective is the ventilation system?

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Webinar: ensure healthy buildings during and after COVID-19

Monitorer la qualité de l’air intérieur dans les locaux de travail. Un nouvel arrêté apporte des modifications à la norme en vigueur

Data Scientist

Role and responsibilities

To support and accelerate our growth, Energis is looking for a Data Scientist.

Your tasks will include:

The Energis.Cloud platform has today some built-in AI/ML algorithms. You will be responsible to further develop the AI/ML frameworks and algorithms inside the Energis.Cloud solution and Raspicy data logger. These algorithms will allow identifying and using predictive models to make accurate predictions and provide smart recommendations in order to optimise the energy usage of existing businesses. Users will be our customers and partners active in the energy domain.

Energis participates in several Research Innovation projects (at EU and regional level) in which developing an AI/ML toolbox and applying it in field trials are key activities. You will actively participate in these projects by collaborating with the other project partners.

Your AI/ML tasks will be spent on the generic product development (Energis.Cloud/Raspicy), on specific customer projects and on R&I projects.

You will interact with the software engineering team to integrate the output of your tasks (e.g. models, algorithms, …) with the SW modules of Energis.Cloud and Raspicy.

Inside the Energis company organisation you will be involved in the activities of the BU Italy, BU Belgium and DevOps units.

Skills & Competences

  • MSc, PhD or equivalent in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or Engineering
  • You have experience in data science for at least 3 years.
  • You master advanced Artificial intelligence techniques such as Reinforcement Learning & Deep Learning.
  • You have excellent programming skills in Python.
  • You are familiar with following frameworks
    • Visualisation (jupyter, seaborn, matplotlib, plotly),
    • ML toolkit (scikit learn, TensorFlow, Keras), 
    • Optimisation solvers (cvxopt), 
    • RL toolkit (Gym, OpenAI),
    • Analytics (NumPy, SciPy, pandas),
    • IO (REST API, CSV, …)
  • Experience with open source frameworks such as Apache Cassandra, Kariosdb, Hadoop, Spark, Kafka
  • Experience with databases (MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL)
  • Experience with control and optimization techniques such Model Predictive Control (MPC) is a plus
  • Software engineering (Java and Web technologies) is a plus.
  • Cybersecurity is a plus.
  • Project Management skills is a plus
  • Ability to work efficiently in an international team
  • Ability to achieving goals together with the team
  • Working in an autonomous way
  • Working in a structured, cost-conscious way and being able to distinguish priorities in the work
  • Willingness to learn and ability to share knowledge with others
  • Willingness to deliver good software quality for the customers
  • Good Knowledge of English. Italian, Dutch or French are a plus

What we offer

  • To join a team of enthusiast and multicultural software professionals.
  • To become part of a fast-growing company where people & team satisfaction is the key to success.
  • We offer an attractive salary package tuned to your experience and other extra-legal advantages

Location

  • Your main working place will be located in Brussels and you will work closely with the team in Italy. Possibility to work from the Energis’ office in Louvain-La- Neuve.

Join our team and be a contributing part in the global fight against climate change.

Please send your resume and a motivation letter to jobs@energis.cloud.



Webinar : facilitate M&V in compliance with IPMVP

EPCs, ISO 50001, white certificates, or simply a request of clients: the reasons to Measure & Verify savings precisely and in line with IPMVP guidelines are many and energy managers need more and more to provide guarantees and to prove ROI.

During this webinar Denis Tanguay, the CEO of EVO, will share with you the latest updates on M&V. We will also exchange on the most common difficulties encountered by energy managers when running M&V projects and the solutions to simplify the process and to decrease the costs linked to it.

Speakers

Denis Tanguay, CEO at EVO

Matthias Zuliani, energy engineer, CMVP and EPC facilitator at Ingenium

Oguz Kiranlar, energy engineer and product manager at Energis

DATE: June 4th at 4 pm CET (9 am Quebec time)

Webinar: ensure healthy buildings during and after COVID-19

Monitoring indoor air quality in real time gives the right insights to maintain healthy conditions

Indoor Air quality is important and regulated by law. In a former article we already mentioned how in Belgium, a federal law entered into force last year to regulate indoor air quality standards. However, the current situation, is making it even more critical to be able to monitor and act upon it in order to guarantee healthy environments.

Just a few days ago, the 226 residents of a Quebec nursing home were all contaminated with Covid-19. The virus was present in the air and was found everywhere in the building. How did that happen? The ventilation systems were non-functional in the building and, according to Caroline Duchaine, bioaerosol specialist at Laval University, “the lack of ventilation has undoubtedly allowed the virus to accumulate in the air and settle in places far from infected patients.”

What we know about Corona virus transmission routes

Current data suggest that transmission via air can happen in two ways:

  1. Close contact transmission through large droplets (> 10 microns), which are released and fall to surfaces not further than about 1-2 m from the infected person.
  2. Airborne transmission through small particles (< 5 microns), which may stay airborne for longer periods and can be transported long distances. This transmission route is not confirmed by WHO, but based on the precautionary principle, this should be taken into account to manage the ventilation in buildings. 

This mechanism implies that keeping 1-2 m distance from infected persons might not be enough and increasing the ventilation is useful because of removal of more particles.

Current Recommendations to limit airborne transmission

When there is no HVAC in place

Following WHO (World Health Organisation) recommendations, it is important to open windows and doors in closed environments (schools, office buildings, etc.) in order to make sure the venue is well ventilated.

When there is HVAC system in place

Following recommendations of the REHVA (Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations), in buildings with mechanical ventilation systems, extended operation times are necessary in order to remove virus particles out of the building and to remove released virus particles from surfaces. It is therefore advised to start ventilation a couple of hours earlier and switch off later than usual, or to keep the ventilation on 24/7, possibly with lowered (but not switched off) ventilation rates when people are absent.

In Practice: how to monitor indoor air quality in real time?

In order to be able to follow current recommendations, it is important to be able to monitor air quality parameters remotely. In practice, what do you need to do?

During the webinar, three experts will share with you the best practices to put in place, based on current scientific knowledge. In practice, you will learn how to:

  1. collect indoor air quality data automatically
  2. analyse indoor air quality through remote visualisation tools
  3. detect deviations from thresholds in real time by setting-up alerts that alert you when ventilation is needed

Speakers

Samuel Caillou, Researcher in Building Heating & Ventilation at WTCB-CSTC-BBRI

Geert Bellens, Engineer comfort and indoor climate in buildings at Metiz

Frederic Wauters, Product and Innovation Manager at Energis, expert in digital solutions for energy, comfort and air quality monitoring

Sources: WHO, REHVA, WTCB

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“How can ESCOs and facility management companies pursue their activities while protecting their workers and tenants?”

Monitorer la qualité de l’air intérieur dans les locaux de travail. Un nouvel arrêté apporte des modifications à la norme en vigueur

How can ESCOs and facility management companies pursue their activities while protecting their workers and building tenants?

In these difficult times, we’re all going through, we sincerely hope that you and your families are well. If most of us are easily working from home, concerns were expressed by professionals who need to perform field interventions. Our commitment is to keep working with our partners to help them pursue their activities in the best conditions possible, without putting at risk people’s health. 

Take remote control of HVAC 

As you probably know, following recommendations of the REHVA (Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations), in buildings with mechanical ventilation systems extended operation times are necessary in order to remove virus particles out of the building and to remove released virus particles from surfaces. It is therefore advised to start ventilation a couple of hours earlier and switch off later than usual, or to keep the ventilation on 24/7, possibly with lowered (but not switched off) ventilation rates when people are absent.

With Energis.Cloud, you can make these changes remotely. The system can either communicate with the HVAC directly or through the existing BMS.

These actions are especially important for the period that will follow confinement.

What other equipment can you control remotely?

Of course, your activities are not limited to HVAC in buildings. Energis.Cloud enables you to take remote control of a number of equipment and devices such as refrigeration systems, lighting, cogeneration units, production lines, PV systems, etc. Contact us to know how we can help your company pursue business while protecting your workers health. Read more about our remote control solutions.

How long would it take to put it in place?

Depending on the building and the infrastructure in place, this could take between one month and three months. Our engineers are available to analyse your needs.

Prepare NOW safer working conditions for your workers and for building tenants for the period of post-confinement.

Sources: latest recommendations issued by REHVA on April, 3

JUNIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Role and responsibilities

To support and accelerate our growth, Energis is looking for a Junior Software Developer.

Your tasks will include:

  • Developing data software components needed for customer projects on Energis.Cloud to integrate new data sources such as loggers, BMS, IoT devices, … and on Raspicy to integrate new devices such as meters, sensors, …
  • Customising existing software modules of Energis.Cloud and Raspicy according to customer needs
  • Developing web pages to address specific customer needs

Skills & Competences

  • BSc or MSc in Engineering or Computer Sciences or equivalent by experience
  • 2+ years Experience with Java, Python and/or Javascript 
  • Knowledge of IoT and Machine Learning,  Mobile application development is a plus
  • Good analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to work efficiently in an international team
  • Ability to achieving goals together with the team
  • Quick absorbing of new information and applying it effectively
  • Working in a structured, cost-conscious way and being able to distinguish priorities in the work
  • Willingness to learn and ability to share knowledge with others
  • Willingness to deliver good software quality for the customers
  • Ability to act as an end customer and so to develop/implement User Friendly solutions for our end customers.
  • Good Knowledge of English and Italian. Dutch or French are a plus

What we offer

  • Full time position with a competitive salary
  • You will perform these tasks either from our offices in Belgium (Brussels or Louvain-la-Neuve) or in Italy (Caserta).
  • Opportunity to growth in a new Greentech company
  • Opportunity to contribute to build a more sustainable future

Join our team and be a contributing part in the global fight against climate change.

Please send your resume and a motivation letter to jobs@energis.cloud.

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Role and responsibilities

To support and accelerate our growth, Energis plans to reinforce the commercial team to build strong business relationships with existing and future customers.

We are searching for high-energy Account Executives who can recognize opportunities and turn leads into long-lasting partnerships. With their extensive product knowledge and understanding of energy industry trends, Account Executives will communicate directly with clients and prospects, understand their individual needs, and recommend products or services that maximize value. Account Executives may also assist in developing sales strategies and establishing quotas. You should be an adaptable, knowledgeable multi-tasker with strong Successful Account Executives will be skilled communicators and presenters who can find the best fit between client and product. The ideal candidate will be organized, passionate about client relations, and focused on enhancing the buyer experience. computer and communication skills.

Skills & Competences

  • Providing support for clients by learning about and satisfying their needs
  • Making cold calls or reaching out to prospects
  • Following up with prospects several times throughout the sales cycle to ensure needs are being met
  • Presenting and demonstrating the value of products and services to prospective buyers
  • Compiling and analyzing data to find trends
  • Developing sales strategies to accelerate sales growth
  • Staying current on company offerings and industry trends
  • Maintaining a database of contact information
  • Building long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with external contacts and internal departments to create a better customer experience
  • Handling negotiations and contract signature
  • The single commercial contact point, handling complaints and new requests
  • Make forecasts and track key account metrics
  • For acquired customers, define and implement Account Development Plans
  • Manage data for new and prospective clients within our CRM application, ensuring all communications are logged, information is accurate, and documents are attached

The company uses SalesForce as CRM solution to centralise all information on leads, opportunities and on-going commercial collaborations. The person will be in charge of keeping SalesForce up to date for the whole Commercial phase.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, or related field
  • Additional education or experience in the energy sector is a real plus
  • Comprehensive and current knowledge of company offerings and industry trends
  • The drive and energy to manage multiple accounts while looking for new opportunities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to understand client needs and handle the negotiation process
  • Strong time management skills
  • Computer skills, especially MS Office and CRM software

What we offer

  • Full time position with a competitive salary
  • You will be based in the Belgian office
  • Opportunity to growth in a new Greentech company
  • Opportunity to contribute to build a more sustainable future

Join our team and be a contributing part in the global fight against climate change.

Please send your resume and a motivation letter to jobs@energis.cloud.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT ENGINEER

Role and responsibilities

To support and accelerate our growth, Energis is looking for a Technical Support Engineer to give
customer support.

You will be setting up our Energis.Cloud & Raspicy solutions to ensure our customers have the
configuration, functionalities and data corresponding to their needs.

Your tasks will include:

  • Become a master of Energis.Cloud and Raspicy data logger
  • Understand the customers’ needs and technical environment
  • Deliver customised solutions based on Energis.Cloud and/or Raspicy data logger

Skills & Competences

  • BSc, MSc or equivalent in a relevant Science/Engineering degree
  • Good to have: basic knowledge of the energy domain
  • Good analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn and ability to share knowledge with others
  • Ability to work efficiently in an international team
  • Ability achieving goals together with the team
  • Good knowledge of English and Italian, Dutch or French at a level that allows you to communicate smoothly via email and phone
  • Quick at absorbing new information and applying it effectively
  • Working in a structured, cost-conscious way and being able to manage priorities
  • Customer oriented: ability to understand customer needs and to translate them into solutions

What we offer

  • Full time position with a competitive salary
  • You will perform these tasks either from our offices in Belgium (Brussels or Louvain-la-Neuve) or in Italy (Caserta)
  • Opportunity to growth in a new Greentech company
  • Opportunity to contribute to build a more sustainable future

Join our team and be a contributing part in the global fight against climate change.

Please send your resume and a motivation letter to jobs@energis.cloud.

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Role and responsibilities

To support and accelerate our growth, Energis seeks to reinforce the commercial team to build strong business relationships with existing and future customers.

We are currently looking for an Account Manager to develop long-term relationships with a portfolio of customers, connecting with key business executives and stakeholders. This person will be the liaison between our customers and internal cross-functional teams to ensure the timely and successfully delivery of our solutions according to customer needs. The Account Manager in collaboration with our Product Management team and the clients’ internal contacts make sure that our Product(s) become an integral part of our customers’ offering to deliver maximum benefits in the short, medium and long-term.

The Account Manager will be in charge of the following activities and responsibilities:

  • Be the primary point of contact and build long-term relationships with customers;
  • Implement the company’s customer intimacy strategy, helping him through email, phone, and online & in-person meetings;
  • Develop a trusted advisor relationship with key accounts, customer stakeholders and executive sponsors;
  • Understand the environment in which customers operate to bring them the right solutions;
  • Support our customers in proposal development and after-sales support;
  • Promote new products/services to existing customers;
  • Define and implement Account Development Plans, communicate clearly the progress of monthly/quarterly initiatives to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Make forecasts and track key account metrics;
  • Work with the Business Development Director to develop and grow the sales pipeline to consistently meet quarterly revenue goals;
  • Support our business development team in developing proposals for prospective Customers;
  • Manage data for new and prospective clients within our CRM application, ensuring all communications are logged, information is accurate, and documents are attached
  • Prepare and analyse sales pipeline reports and dashboards;

 

The company uses SalesForce as CRM solution to centralise all information on leads, opportunities and on-going commercial collaborations. The person will be in charge of keeping SalesForce up to date for the whole “Account Management” phase.

 

Skills & Competences

  • You are a highly motivated self-starter with a professional and commercial attitude;
  • A dynamic personality with a drive to reach decision makers is essential!
  • Natural relationship builder for whom integrity, reliability and maturity are no idle words;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, present and influence credibly and effectively at all levels of the organization, including executive and C-level;
  • Experience in delivering client-focused solutions based on customer needs;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects at a time while paying strict attention to detail;
  • Excellent listening, negotiation and presentation skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • You have previous experience in prospection, sales, customer service, or related fields;
  • You have experience, or feel comfortable, with energy management solutions, software products and/or professional services;
  • You are immediately available and feel comfortable using modern digital tools;
  • You possess excellent written and verbal communication skills (English, Dutch, French and preferably Spanish as well);

What we offer

  • Full time position with a competitive salary;
  • You will be based in the Brussels’ office;
  • Opportunity to growth in a high-tech company;
  • Opportunity to contribute to have a future, by working in a company having this in its Mission.

 

Please send your resume and a motivation letter to jobs@energis.cloud.

ENERGIS SOFTWARE ARCHITECT

Function

As ultimate goal you will contribute to a better usage of energy resources at a global scale. As Software Architect you will focus on technical and scientific aspects to achieve this goal. You will be responsible of the technical realisation of the software solutions as well as the good execution of customer and Research &amp; Innovation (R&amp;I) projects in which Energis is involved. You will perform following activities :

  • Coordinate the technical realisation of Energis i.e. manage the software development from inception through implementation with focus on the technical design, development process and quality. Actively participate in the development, testing and documentation of the software.
  • Do the liaison between the development team and other stakeholders (sales &amp; marketing, executives and product management). Work closely with the Director Products &amp; Innovations to make the optimal choices.
  • Supervise and participate in preliminary studies and estimations of new customer projects, as well as in the design of extension/tuning of existing systems
  • Bring software architecture expertise in the team, based on past experience in similar software projects. Define the software architecture and best practices delivering highly scalable, available, secure and maintainable solutions. Keep the software architecture documentation always up-to- date. Demonstrate leadership in the software architecture design and implementation towards the development team consisting of designers, developers and testers. Drive continuous evolution of technology architecture aligned with business vision and direction.

 

You will coordinate technically national and international (e.g. EU Horizon 2020) Research and Innovation (R&amp;I) projects. Such an international H2020 project will start second half 2016. The objective of this project is to support energy-aware electric vehicle mobility (routing and charging) by accommodating both interests of Electric Vehicle (EVs) users and grid requirements. This will be validated in real environments in several EU countries (Germany, Spain and Czech Republic).

Energis being the technical coordinator of this international project composed of 11 partners, you will execute following activities :

  • Understand expertise and assets every partner brings in the project from technical point of view.
  • List technical requirements &amp; use cases together with the project partners.
  • Define the technical architecture, describe interactions between components in support of use cases.
  • Choose tools, technologies, programming languages to use.
  • Participate in the regular calls of all work packages and in project management calls.
  • Participate in project management meetings and technical workshops.
  • Plan and coordinate technical activities of all partners. Make sure all pieces developed by partners fit together. Continuous software integration of parts developed by all involved partners.
  • Be up-to-date and aware of all what happens at partners from technical point of view.
  • Make sure technical solution is ready/operational for the experiments.
  • Provide input and coordinate deliverables.

Competences

Required:

  • Master degree in Engineering or Computer Sciences or equivalent by experience
  • Experience with technologies and frameworks such as Java, Spring, MySQL, JSON, XML, JavaScript, KariosDB, Tomcat, MySQL, Apache Cassandra
  • Outstanding analysis and architectural skills. Ability to define solutions, determine pros and cons and recommend solutions at management level to realize technology and business vision
  • Ability to understand business drivers and recommend cost effective technology options in response to business needs
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deliverables in a highly competitive and demanding environment

Plus:

  • Experience addressing business needs in the energy domain (energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart grid, electric vehicles)
  • Experience with machine learning algorithms and mathematical frameworks such as Matlab
  • Experience with smart buildings and building automation software
  • Experience with mobile applications (Android and iOS)

Besides a technical background you need following soft skills:

  • You speak FLUENTLY English and preferably good knowledge of French and/or Dutch.
  • Very good organization / rigorous / reliable
  • Outstanding communication, influencing and presentation skills (customer facing)
  • Listening &amp; diplomacy
  • Creativity &amp; innovative spirit
  • Reporting in a clear way
  • Customer minded
  • Flexibility and result-driven approach
  • Team player and motivating people
  • You are eager to learn, autonomous and able to adapt to fast evolving environments.

Location:

  • Your main working place will be located in Brussels and you will work closely with the team in Italy. Possibility to work from the Energis’ office in Louvain-La- Neuve.
  • You will travel with an average frequency of 1 travel of about 1 – 2 days per month.

What we offer

  • To join a team of enthousiast and multicultural software professionals.
  • To become part of a fast growing company where people &amp; team satisfaction is the key to success.
  • We offer an attractive salary package tuned to your experience and other extra-legal advantages.

 

All CVs should be addressed to jobs@energis.cloud