Energy Services – University Track Record

July 3, 2018 | Case Study,

“The monitoring and metering exercise has been a huge success and the university is considering rolling out this approach to other buildings across the campus.”

University of Reading.

Illustrating our experience in the university sector, a selection from over 80 projects for 29 universities across a range of energy management solutions.

Technical Insulation

The University of Cambridge has energy costs of £15m per year. Through its environmental sustainability policy, the university aims to reduce carbon emissions by 34 percent against a 2005 baseline.

Technical site surveys informed the business case and the energy, carbon and cost savings of technical insulation. Anthesis manufactured and installed 1,900 bespoke insulation jackets and lagged all pipework across ten plant rooms.

The insulation will save over 14,000 tCO2e of lifetime carbon, equivalent to 7.8MWh gas savings. The expected payback is one and half years with a ROI of £195,000 over 12 years.

Metering, Monitoring and Targeting

We worked with the University of Reading to optimise the energy use of their student services building.

The relatively efficient design of the building meant that building fabric measures were less viable so the university commissioned us to perform metering, monitoring and targeting to identify and rectify excessive energy use. Through this process, we identified several areas where technical improvements could be made and introduced a behaviour change programme to help shape building user’s attitude towards energy use.

The combined approach resulted in 25 percent less energy being used in target areas and out-of-hours energy use was reduced by up to 40 percent.

“Anthesis are very knowledgeable within this field, completing in-depth and detailed behind the scenes analysis which has resulted in the development of a robust and meaningful carbon management plan.”

Courtauld Institute of Art

Carbon Management Plan

We produced a comprehensive carbon management plan for the Courtauld Institute of Art, giving clear direction on how to reduce carbon emissions and meet reduction targets over a five year period. As part of the project we also identified energy efficiency measures achieving annual savings of £50,000 and the equivalent of 230 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

To help the institute fund the installation of the measures we also supported them in applications for more than £40,000 of funding.

University building energy efficiency

Lighting Design and Installation

We supported Schneider Electric by designing and project managing the installation of an energy efficient lighting scheme across two campuses at Bath Spa University.

The project began with surveys of the existing lighting schemes, we went on to design and install a new LED lighting scheme that delivered the desired level of luminance whilst minimising energy usage. Finally, we optimised the lighting controls in order to further reduce energy usage. While on site, we also identified a number of buildings that had inadequate emergency lighting provision so we made recommendations to ensure compliance.

Heat Network Regulations

We worked with the University of Bristol to collate and submit the necessary data to the administrators of the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014.
The regulations require all companies or individuals who supply and charge for heating, hot water or cooling through communal or district heating networks, to complete a data notification exercise for each heat network site.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

We produced Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Advisory Reports (ARs) for 20 buildings occupied by Royal Holloway, University of London. The project involved energy surveys of each building and face-to-face interviews with building occupiers.

The resulting data was processed using government approved software and completed documentation lodged on the official government register with copies displayed in each building in accordance with the directive.

“Anthesis’ commitment to delivering a detailed and comprehensive carbon management tool has been nothing short of remarkable and the tool will, I’m sure, be used for years to come in pursuit of our carbon reduction targets.”

Unite Students.

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

We worked with Unite Students to identify energy saving measures to ensure compliance with ESOS. The process identified approximately £150 million in lifetime savings.

From this we were able to provide Unite with a robust business case for executive approval, placing carbon and energy savings at the centre of their operational activity. We then produced a user-friendly stock model which includes extensive asset level data to allow cost-effective re-modelling in future.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

We also worked with Unite Students to produce an energy simulation tool to help achieve compliance with MEES.

The initial stage of the project involved identifying the properties that were at risk of non-compliance. We created a tool that allowed Unite to simulate the effects of a range of Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) across its vast portfolio of properties. Using the simulation tool, Unite could assess the effect that each ECM, or package of ECMs, would have on the EPC rating, carbon emissions and energy costs of each property.

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