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London is home to some of the worlds most prestigious universities, and they all take their environmental responsibilities towards society at large very seriously. Many currently frame their operations within 5 or 10-year energy management plans with the aim to become Carbon net zero in line with UK Government objectives.

During our long-running maintenance contract with one of London’s most well known universities, we have worked in collaboration with our BMS specialist partner to continually monitor, assess and optimise the management of the engineering assets. At their medical research facility in South London, anecdotal evidence suggested the building was “inefficient” and “poorly performing” and this lead Artic to a detailed study of the building and the performance of its installed assets. We set in motion a series of considerations of operational factors and parameters assessed and measured against the needs of the building users and quickly determined four major operational areas where significant innovations could be made…

  • Optimise the operation of existing services to maximise energy efficiency
  • Ensure systems run under automatic control
  • Rationalise time scheduling & re-assess control strategies
  • Liaise with key building users to revise client performance specifications

These objectives, and the collaboration between Artic, the specialist BMS partner, and the University itself, lead to a set of work initiatives being proposed and carried out to achieve significant energy savings for the University, and lessening the overall environmental impact of the whole campus

  • Comprehensive revision of all building set-points
  • Optimised heat recovery plant operation
  • Atrium frost condensation prevention measures
  • Control strategies of all HVAC equipment re-assessed
  • Time schedules tuned towards actual building use & occupancy
  • Software interlocks reviewed and optimised

 

Combined annual reduction in energy consumption 1,640 MWHr

Combined annual reduction in CO2 emissions 380

Combined annual reduction in energy cost £53,403