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This version of Hobsafe has the same features as the popular two-gang versions but is more compact. The capacity is 30amps with 15-, 20-, 30- or 45-minute run-times being selectable during installation.  There is a neutral feed terminal and a neutral output. These large (13.3mm) terminals make fixing easy and quick – eliminating the fiddly issue of doubling up two cables into one terminal.  There are two modes of operation: Fixed – when the timer runs its course – or On/Off – where a second press of the button allows the time-run to be stopped at any point. Hobsafe is easy to use with simple button operation and clear, dimmable LED indicators. When the current time-run is about to expire, the red ‘hob active’ LED will flash to warn that the hob is about to be turned off, giving the operator the opportunity to reset the timer, if necessary.  Hobsafe conforms with EN60730 and is moulded in PC/ABS, making the timer durable. PC/ABS is UV stable and resistant to cleaning products.   Prefect controls is also able to install Hobsafe, providing a one-stop, peace-of-mind service for student accommodation managers, safety-conscious landlords, and care partners of those living with dementia. 
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Big energy savings

Establishing a new Chinatown in Yorkshire and keeping 409 residents happy is no mean feat and Krystal is kept busy. She was concerned that, with such a sophisticated system, it may take a while to learn how everything worked. “When I first logged on, I thought ‘OK I’m on my own. Let’s see what I can do’, but it’s really straightforward. Irus is incredibly easy to use, has so many features and records more information than I expected – little things, but when added together, they will make big energy savings. We can even tell if someone has brought in their own fan heater! “All this data means planning for the winter months and maximising how we use energy is easier. Our tenants are used to very warm rooms, and part of the plan, with Irus, is to gently reduce the heat input, so the tenants remain happy and don’t notice the lower temperatures while we are happy our energy bills are decreasing.”
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Hobsafe, from Prefect Controls, conforms to 21st-century safety standards, is one of the only devices available for this purpose and certainly the most cost-effective.

Perfectly suited to student accommodation, the robust design and large switching capacity makes it the only choice for safety-conscious landlords and accommodation managers and a favourite with electricians because of the ease of installation. Hobsafe can be installed in less than 30 minutes and controls most electric hobs.

This tamper-proof model includes factory-set 15-, 20-, 30- or 45-minute run-times, LED operation light and a reset button for extended use.

In terms of energy waste, Hobsafe saves money, but also in terms of emergency services call-out charges if fire crews were to attend a fire alarm.


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Designed specifically for university accommodation, PrefectIrus is unique in its focus on maintaining comfortable environments while ensuring energy is only used when it is needed.

The nodes, located throughout accommodation blocks, cleverly ‘learn’ the environmental conditions for each individual room – heat required, time to reach temperature, dissipation rates, etc. There are also sensors and evidence gathering for lighting, humidity and decibel levels with an optional extra of a CO2 detection module.

PIRs recognise when rooms are empty and automatically reduce input – in the same way, open-window technology cuts heat until the window has been closed.

The software then balances comfort and energy-use for the benefit of students and energy managers.

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Data from nodes is transmitted to the central controller via the existing electrical wiring within the building. Managers of accommodation, energy or compliance are able to monitor information from anywhere with internet connectivity via the easy-to-use web-based portal and, on screen in real time, control temperatures and monitor student wellbeing throughout their estate.

By monitoring electric tariffs, Irus is able to switch hot water and heating off to coincide with Triad warnings, ensuring energy is only used when rates are economic.

Using Mains Borne Signalling means the system is quick and cost-effective to install, with little disruption to infrastructure. Better still, it does not need rooms to be unoccupied, so installation can be carried out at any time of the year, not just during holiday periods.

The energy-saving benefits of PrefectIrus are complemented by maintenance and compliance attributes, including the detection of faulty or failing third-party components and reporting to satisfy water-safety plans. All this ensures students can enjoy an environment conducive to study.


For more details, please contact Glen Golding on: 01787 320604 or: mail@prefectcontrols.com

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Individual room control

PrefectIrus is a Building Management System specifically designed for multi-occupancy properties such as student accommodation or hotels – and controls rooms individually. PrefectIrus ensures energy is only used when heating is required; if rooms are empty or windows are open the system automatically reverts to lower settings, only increasing temperatures when inhabitants return. Occupants have control over the comfort of their environment, but ultimately energy managers have control over energy use via the web-based portal. Along with temperature, PrefectIrus controls and monitors humidity, light, CO2 and decibel levels as well as hot water – even alerting management if leaks are detected. Another feature is the ability to automatically buy energy when tariffs are low, avoiding costly peak times use. By embedding the ETL into procurement processes, organisations ensure they are buying the best energy-efficient products. Doing this will reduce the time it takes to find good quality products and can deliver resource, energy and financial savings. [post_title] => PrefectIrus - 100% tax deductible [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => prefectirus-100-tax-deductible [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-10-25 08:47:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-10-25 07:47:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://universitybusiness.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=articles&p=25840 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 25138 [post_author] => 82 [post_date] => 2019-10-10 00:00:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-10-09 23:00:03 [post_content] =>

The Lot 20 directive to ensure the efficiency of electric heaters has been in force since January 2018. The headline rule is the installation of heaters without controls is not permitted. This has been remedied by new installations being fulfilled using integrated control heaters available from many manufacturers.

This is acceptable for domestic situations where an easy-to-use, 24/7 programmer satisfies the occupants’ need to adjust the comfort of their environment, easily.

In more demanding situations, such as student accommodation, these domestic heaters are, at face value, a cost-effective solution. However, when their features are compared with a control unit specifically designed for these environments, the savings made on hardware and installation are soon eroded by higher energy costs.

Why would the energy costs be higher?

Although the majority of integrated control heaters are designed to avoid children being able to tamper with the controls, in university dwellings, students will take five minutes to Google the control, establishing that pressing two buttons simultaneously, or holding a button down for three seconds, immediately gives them access to control temperature, which can then be set and left at maximum, permanently. Within a few more minutes, a social media post relays this ‘heating hack’ to all fellow occupants and suddenly the meter starts whirring like a waltzer at the funfair.

A control unit such as the Prefect Ecostat2 has been designed specifically for student accommodation, and its features and benefits far exceed those of its domestic rivals.

Ecostat2 is a fully lockable unit, where the temperature ranges are set within pre-agreed parameters. Students can hit boost to warm up, but after a set period the unit enters setback mode. The PIR senses occupancy, so, if a room is empty, the unit resets, avoiding unnecessary energy use, and if a room is unoccupied for longer periods, Ecostat2 will enter frost mode using only minimal heat. Boost, setback and frost is known as the three-stage student program.

Although fitted with seven-day programming, many accommodation managers prefer the tried-and-tested Ecostat2 three-stage student program to maximise energy savings.

The drive to manage costs in student accommodation is admirable, but saving on the hardware and installation by fitting inferior technology could leave energy managers scratching their heads and wondering why their costs have, in fact, risen!


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The Lot 20 directive to ensure the efficiency of electric heaters has been in force since January 2018. The headline rule is the installation of heaters without controls is not permitted. This has been remedied by new installations being fulfilled using integrated control heaters available from many manufacturers.

This is acceptable for domestic situations where an easy-to-use, 24/7 programmer satisfies the occupants’ need to adjust the comfort of their environment, easily.

In more demanding situations, such as student accommodation, these domestic heaters are, at face value, a cost-effective solution. However, when their features are compared with a control unit specifically designed for these environments, the savings made on hardware and installation are soon eroded by higher energy costs.

Why would the energy costs be higher?

Although the majority of integrated control heaters are designed to avoid children being able to tamper with the controls, in university dwellings, students will take five minutes to Google the control, establishing that pressing two buttons simultaneously, or holding a button down for three seconds, immediately gives them access to control temperature, which can then be set and left at maximum, permanently. Within a few more minutes a social media post relays this ‘heating hack’ to all fellow occupants and suddenly the meter starts whirring like a waltzer at the funfair.

A control unit such as the Prefect Ecostat2 has been designed specifically for student accommodation, and its features and benefits far exceed those of its domestic rivals.

Ecostat2 is a fully lockable unit, where the temperature ranges are set within pre-agreed parameters. Students can hit boost to warm up, but after a set period the unit enters setback mode. The PIR senses occupancy, so, if a room is empty, the unit resets avoiding unnecessary energy use, and if a room is unoccupied for longer periods, Ecostat2 will enter frost mode using only minimal heat. Boost, setback and frost is known as the three-stage student program.

Although fitted with seven-day programming, many accommodation managers prefer the tried and tested Ecostat2 three-stage student program to maximise energy savings.

The drive to manage costs in student accommodation is admirable but, saving on the hardware and installation by fitting inferior technology could leave energy managers scratching their heads and wondering why their costs have, in fact, risen!

To find out more, visit: www.prefectcontrols.com [post_title] => Beware of the false economy [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => beware-of-the-false-economy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-13 10:28:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-13 09:28:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://universitybusiness.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=blog&p=23023 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 20934 [post_author] => 82 [post_date] => 2019-04-19 00:00:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-18 23:00:10 [post_content] => Leaks can go unnoticed for lengthy periods of time. The first sign of a problem is when moisture seeps through plaster and into the walls of adjoining rooms or those below. By this time the leak could be weeks old and the damage extensive, meaning time-consuming and expensive repair work.  The Prefect Leak detection system is designed to provide comprehensive coverage for mutable floor accommodation, where pipe work, both hot and cold, is in abundance. The system uses Prefect’s renowned Irus platform to provide real-time monitoring of all detection areas from ceiling and riser pipework to hot water storage. The system affords several levels of protection, the first, to pre-empt minor leaks by monitoring humidity spikes and alerting maintenance and management to the possibility of a potential small or intermittent leak such as shower trays etc. The second line of defence is to detect a major leak, alert and action a closure of the water supply to the floor – quickly limiting damage. Finally, a full closure of the rising main from the basement, should the surrounding detectors activate. In each case maintenance engineers or accommodation managers are alerted via an email or SMS notification. The system stores events so that management teams can track any recurring patterns. Along with humidity and leak detection PrefectIrus provides room temperature and water heating control, CO2, sound and lux monitoring and the portal provides full control from anywhere in the world with internet connectivity.
For more information, please contact Glen Golding at Prefect Controls by calling 01787 320604 [post_title] => Leak Detection added to PrefectIrus [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => leak-detection-added-to-prefectirus [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-15 11:12:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-15 10:12:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://universitybusiness.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=blog&p=20934 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 20219 [post_author] => 82 [post_date] => 2019-02-23 00:00:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-23 00:00:34 [post_content] => HobSafe’s robust, tamper-proof design with large switching capacity fits most hobs and is a favourite with electricians because the large terminals make it easy to install. It’s also a hit with students and landlords because of  its effectiveness and ease of use.  The 15-, 20-, 30- and 45-minute run times provide ample scope for all levels of culinary capability – whether warming a tin of beans or frying a fillet steak. Whatever the dish, it could be ruined and so could the kitchen if pans on hobs are left unattended. HobSafe ensures disasters can be averted. With more than 15,000 units installed, HobSafe proves time and again that there is safety in numbers! For more information, call Glen Golding on 01787 320604 or visit the Prefect Controls website. [post_title] => Safety in numbers [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => safety-in-numbers [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-19 10:01:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-19 10:01:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://universitybusiness.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=blog&p=20219 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 20213 [post_author] => 82 [post_date] => 2019-02-20 00:00:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-20 00:00:59 [post_content] => Prefect Controls have introduced a new feature for their PrefectIrus product – the integration of an accurate current meter that monitors energy use in each room throughout multi-occupancy buildings such as student accommodation. Until now, managers have calculated energy use based on power rating multiplied by length of time a device is estimated to be active. However, fluctuating voltage and imprecise predictions of ‘on-times’ can make these estimates wildly inaccurate. The new PU3 from Prefect comes with iACM (Integrated Accurate Current Metering) as standard, logging the current only when a heater is operational. This data is then transmitted via the building’s wiring system to the central controller where it is recalled for estimation of seasonal energy usage.
accurate usage can be calculated so that better purchasing of energy will lead to greater savings for organisations
As well as monitoring heaters in bedrooms, the feature notifies managers if there is a problem with hot water tanks. Usually a problem is only evident when both elements fail and water isn’t being heated.  With accurate metering, if one element fails, the drop in current immediately identifies the problem – meaning efficiency can be restored. Glen Golding, Prefect Controls MD, said: “This development means accurate usage can be calculated so that better purchasing of energy will lead to greater savings for organisations providing multi-occupancy accommodation.” PrefectIrus is currently in more than 20,000 bedrooms and continuous development makes it an invaluable product to ensure efficient use of energy across Britain’s university accommodation estate. For further information, contact Glen Golding on 01787 320 604. [post_title] => Monitoring energy use [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => monitoring-energy-use [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-19 09:51:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-19 09:51:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://universitybusiness.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=blog&p=20213 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9175 [post_author] => 41 [post_date] => 2016-07-19 00:00:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-18 22:00:00 [post_content] => Going to university is an exciting time for students, with new friends, new environments and a great sense of freedom. But there are a lot of distractions when living away from home for the first time. Hobsafe makes sure distractions don’t turn into disasters! Unattended hobs are a major cause of domestic fires. Fortunately most are extinguished before turning into a major incident, but the disruption of a burning pan, smoke damage or the unnecessary calling out of a fire crew, are all avoidable with the installation of Hobsafe. Hobsafe helps to keep student accommodation safe by ensuring hobs cannot be left on accidentally. The all-new hob timer from Prefect Controls has been completely redesigned to 21st century safety standards and is one of the only units available to protect hobs from being inadvertently being left on and it is certainly the most cost effective. Perfectly suited to student accommodation, its robust design and large switching capacity (up to 40 amps) makes it the only choice for safety conscious landlords and accommodation managers and a favourite with electricians because of the ease of installation due to large terminals making it less fiddly than a lot of electrical products. Hobsafe can, in many cases, be installed in less than 30 minutes and will control most electric hobs. This tamper-proof model includes factory set 15, 20, 30 or 45 minute run times with LED operation light and a re-set button for extended use. There are two modes – ON/OFF where the press of the button turns the hob on and a second press switches it off, or in FIXED mode, once activated, the timer runs for the set time and a minute before the hob switches off a LED light will flash to attract the cook’s attention – In either mode Hobsafe significantly reduces the likelihood of a kitchen calamity. Hobsafe is not only a safety device, it also saves money – in terms of energy being wasted if a hob is left on and in terms of emergency services call out charges in the case of fire crews attending a fire alarm. For more information about Hobsafe please contact Prefect Controls on 01787 320604 or visit www.prefectcontrols.com/our-products/run-timers/pre9277

[post_title] => Burnt Beans and Charred Chips are OFF the student menu [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => burnt-beans-and-charred-chips-are-off-the-student-menu [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-04 16:52:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-04 16:52:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 11 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 27632 [post_author] => 82 [post_date] => 2020-01-24 00:00:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-24 00:00:12 [post_content] => The single-gang unit is installed between the hob and cooker isolator switch and ensures that hobs cannot be left on, should the cook be distracted. This version of Hobsafe has the same features as the popular two-gang versions but is more compact. The capacity is 30amps with 15-, 20-, 30- or 45-minute run-times being selectable during installation.  There is a neutral feed terminal and a neutral output. These large (13.3mm) terminals make fixing easy and quick – eliminating the fiddly issue of doubling up two cables into one terminal.  There are two modes of operation: Fixed – when the timer runs its course – or On/Off – where a second press of the button allows the time-run to be stopped at any point. Hobsafe is easy to use with simple button operation and clear, dimmable LED indicators. When the current time-run is about to expire, the red ‘hob active’ LED will flash to warn that the hob is about to be turned off, giving the operator the opportunity to reset the timer, if necessary.  Hobsafe conforms with EN60730 and is moulded in PC/ABS, making the timer durable. PC/ABS is UV stable and resistant to cleaning products.   Prefect controls is also able to install Hobsafe, providing a one-stop, peace-of-mind service for student accommodation managers, safety-conscious landlords, and care partners of those living with dementia. 
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Prefect Controls design and manufacture heating and safety controls for student accommodation. Our 3 key products are Irus, Ecostat and HobSensus.

  • Irus monitors room conditions and relays data to our portal. Managers log on via the internet to review/adjust settings without ever setting foot in the room.
  • Ecostat2 is similar but uses a dedicated handset for timings and temperatures in each room, allowing occupants to control their comfort, but only within set parameters. Both systems avoid energy being used unnecessarily and save 30-40% on energy costs.
  • HobSensus avoids cooking hobs being left on should the person preparing food be distracted.
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