We are constantly looking for ways to reduce the consumption of energy and resources in our buildings.
We deliver lower running costs from our relentless drive to find improvements in management, technology, services and suppliers.
Our focus is on direct energy consumption and building management has the most significant impact. We can accurately measure consumption and therefore analyse and assess both the potential and actual savings from specific initiatives. The result is reduced costs, better building performance and better working environments.
5 Year Case Study - Bewley House, Chippenham
51.4% reduction in annual energy use
The first and most important step was to ensure all supplies were separately metered and to install remote monitoring to enable us to collect and analyse data in our head office in Bath
We have incrementally installed a large number of energy saving features, concentrating on retrofit and improving the performance of existing equipment. This avoids wholesale strip out and enhances pay back, maintaining the economic life of assets.
None of the capital costs have been included in the service charge but the savings directly benefit the building's occupiers.
Once consumption patterns are assessed and monitored we set up separate projects for each key area of consumption.
Many of the practices and equipment installed are not adequately reflected in the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the building which highlights the limitations of EPCs and their use in the energy reduction agenda.
Our efforts are on going and for 2012/2013 we will be assessing the lighting load in the common areas and looking to both reduce the potential total maximum load through re-lamping with LEDs, and introducing greater levels of control and automation.