Progress to date
We have taken steps to become more energy efficient and tackle the overuse of heating, lighting and air conditioning, which not only enables us reduce our carbon emissions, but also reduces our fuel bills.
As we have had a continuous programme of refurbishment and new buildings for colleagues and students, we have a mandated requirement to achieve a BREEAM Excellent or Very Good rating – depending on the existing building design.
- Gas boilers - A phased replacement of old inefficient gas boilers is underway, with new boilers that are more energy efficient, reduces fuel bills and have a lower maintenance cost.
- Lighting – A phased replacement of old inefficient fluorescent lighting with more efficient LED lighting as well as the installation of movement sensors.
- Air conditioning – a trial Introduction of an air conditioning optimisation device across campus, which has achieved a 25% energy reduction. The rollout of this will be picked up as part of campus infrastructure improvements.
- Windows - to reduce the loss of heat we have replaced old inefficient windows with modern equivalents or secondary glazing as part of refurbishment projects.
- Insulating pipes - this reduces the amount of heat lost and keeps water hotter for longer, so we have introduced improved pipe lagging across campus.
- A phased rollout of a Building Management System to enable us to monitor and control heating, air conditioning and lighting across campus, as well as have improved sensors and zonal controls so we can reduce energy usage in parts of the campus that are under-utilised.
- Some teams have moved to a collaborative workspace, which has resulted in making energy and cost efficiencies.
The implementation of these measures will continue across campus, as well as assessing a number of our old and under-utilised buildings, which are expensive to maintain, have poor energy efficiency and carbon credentials, and do not provide a good learning or working environment for our staff and students, with a view to selling, revitalising or demolishing the properties.
This will result in a reduction in carbon emissions by making financial savings from the annual maintenance costs and energy bills.