E2B caught up with Alan O’Brien, CEO, Sabien, to learn more about how his company is working to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings through eliminating boiler dry-cycling.
E2B: What inspired you to start up Sabien?
AB: It was as good a time as any really. I had been working in the utility industry for nearly twelve years, the majority of which was spent with companies in a flux of either consolidation or integration so I never felt I was making a real or noticeable difference. Setting up Sabien has been the most rewarding ten years of my career so far. My team’s sheer persistence and dogma are the two themes that have got the company to where it is today.
E2B: What advice would you give to businesses looking to cut their energy use?
AB: Well, first and foremost they have to understand what they’re actually consuming and spending. You would be surprised by companies who either don’t have the capacity to measure gas consumption or are still on estimated billing. They may even have automatic meter reading (AMR) that hasn’t been commissioned properly, so the first thing to do is to establish a baseline. For example, a lot of our clients spend up to 30-40 per cent of their gas consumption on heating space and water. There’s a big opportunity in cooling, in reducing [energy use] through [more efficient] lighting, but the first thing is to measure what you’re spending, what you’re actually consuming.
E2B: What’s next for Sabien then, produ...