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Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Buildings

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Energy efficiency should always be the first consideration for reducing carbon emissions and costs. For commercial buildings this can reduce operating costs dramatically with payback on measures frequently being <5 years. For housing associations, energy efficiency can significantly lift residents out of fuel poverty and over the longer term, reduce the operating costs of stock.

Energy Audits

We audit commercial, industrial and local authority buildings to identify how energy savings can be made. Audits include thermography, using logging equipment on heating systems & room temperatures and assessment of building energy bills. Review of existing lighting, ventilation, cooling and any electrically powered mechanical processes on site can also inform an audit.
We then present various practical changes to lower the carbon emissions and operating costs of buildings. These recommendations can vary from ‘fabric first’ improvements on a building to a redesign of building lighting, variable speed drive deployment, voltage optimisation and in some cases, renewable energy deployment.

Zero carbon and carbon negative homes design

We work with architects to design low carbon buildings. For this we use dynamic thermal modelling, government energy use statistics and standard energy calculation techniques. We produce detailed CAD models of building designs, carry out full heat loss calculations and predict the energy use profile over a full year.
We use our knowledge of renewable energy, energy efficiency and building fabric to suggest the best possible options to increase the energy efficiency of a building whilst lowering annual operating costs for the occupants.

Monitoring

We monitor the performance of energy efficiency measures using a variety of methods. This includes installing temperature loggers to monitor temperatures before and after, interrogating energy bills, interviewing people who use or live in a building, conducting air pressure tests and thermography.
We can use our knowledge and experience of domestic and commercial energy usage trends to draw useful conclusions from this monitored data, outlining practical steps to improve energy efficiency.

 

Community Energy

We are working on community energy projects of various scales both regionally and nationwide. Projects range from those seeking to help residents understand their bills & where the major sources of energy use in their homes are to large scale community owned solar park development.
The outcomes of these projects vary but a reduction in energy costs, an improvement in living standards and a move away from fuel poverty are core aims. Previous projects have helped achieve these aims and we are eager to get involved with future projects that can tackle these local and national issues.

 

Training

We provide nationally accredited and bespoke training courses on energy efficiency for installers, building managers, design engineers and financiers. For guidance on technology specific efficiency, we run bespoke 1-2 day courses looking in detail at best practice from design through to deployment of a renewable energy system.
• Level 3 Energy Efficiency for Gas & Oil Fired Domestic Hot Water and Heating
• Level 3 Fundamental Principles and Requirements of Environmental Technology Systems
• Level 2 Design of Large Scale Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems
• Level 2 Design and Application of Grid Connected Solar PV <150kWp
• The Finances of Energy Efficiency

 

Previous and current projects

• Combined Renewable Heat & Electricity Project
• Commercial Rooftop Solar PV Feasibility & Design
• Design of first Carbon Negative street in the UK
• Care home energy management and renewable energy
• Low carbon retrofitting of North East domestic properties
• Pre-feasibility, design and specification of Scotland’s first community owned solar park
• Renewable Energy Training Programme with Sunderland City Council