Saving Energy

For the last few there has been constant pressures on Commercial Businesses to reduce Energy, and now that the Paris accord has been signed by the UK Government the push on saving Energy will come to the forefront even more so over the coming years. Furthermore there have been Incentives (Green Deal), and Legislation (ESOS) and other requirements EPBD etc.

However from conversations with many Manufacturers/Suppliers of Energy saving Products & Services, it seems there is limited interest by Commercial Landlords, Owner occupiers, Main stream High-St Retailers, Hospitality Businesses etc. in ways of saving energy, and implementing what on the face of it would be a complete “No Brainer” when it comes to the Energy Savings that can be achieved, especially with some very fast paybacks and quick wins against the cost of implementing these.

It is well documented and evidenced of the savings that can be achieved by many of the new technologies, and how much Energy is consumed by Mechanical & Electrical equipment (40% of the total consumption for HVAC), and 40% for Lighting as part of the overall Electrical consumption), yet still there is reticence. Why is that?

Is it because of the financing? Is it due to a lack of trust in the technology (i.e. cheap unknown imported LED Equipment)? Is it the Inconvenience/disruption in implementing the Energy Upgrade (i.e. Replacing old Chillers, Boilers, Pumps, AHU’s, Controls)? Or is it simply because the leases are too short for the occupier to really benefit in the long-term for a relatively high cost of implementation.

Frustratingly there is some great technology and innovations available from Innovative manufacturers that can demonstrate huge savings available. Take Aermec for instance who have developed a simple way of replacing old oversized Chillers with new modern Energy Efficient modular units, that can be supplied in small modules that fit into a standard goods lift and can be quickly and easily assembled on site with little or no convenience to occupants. This unique Product from Aermec is Testament to this. However getting it accepted by Consultants and installers takes time to get accepted

Canary Wharf in London is fast approaching 25 years since those huge Buildings were first built and the installed Chillers will have to replaced soon, so which Manufacturers will they consider? Most likely those they have used and worked with 30 years ago, – making the job for the Aermec Sales team hard to do.

In the meantime however, entire buildings legacy HVAC systems, can be optimised for maximum Energy Efficiency. A combination of installing some Hardware and Software coupled with a retro-commissioning a Buildings BMS system and rolling back old manual settings and re-configuring the controls to meet the inevitable changes in the use of different floors/areas, means the building will almost instantly show substantial savings.

Couple it all to a remote Bureau to ensure the settings stay as they should and there is a great formula. However – as before getting that accepted is never easy (i.e. Changing settings with a BMS is often seen as a Black art!) Contact us for details of an Organisation who provides optimised buildings this particularly well.

As you would expect technology is starting to show it’s hand, and interestingly this article in The Guardian shows how a Dutch Bank (ING) has developed an App for their clients to view the Energy use of each of their Buildings and what improvements can be made to improve on the figures, the level of CO2 emissions and a payback for any investment in new technology.

Finally if the was any holdaback due to financing, then Lloyds bank have recently introduced Real state Green Lending fund to support its clients’ sustainability investments, aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from their real estate assets. This first-of-its-kind fund will be used to incentivise clients’ adoption of energy efficiency measures.

Lloyds Bank has worked with Trucost, an environmental consultancy firm, to create a tool to benchmark sustainability performance. This will be used to assess the initial eligibility for the green loan and to agree appropriate energy/CO2 saving KPIs that borrowers will have to meet or maintain to benefit from the margin improvement.

So there really should be any reason to not implement these quick and easy saving energy wins. So what’s holding you back?

This article was written by Chris Gunn from Marketing 4 Contractors, and any opinions expressed are purely ours. We can be contacted on 0800 009 6349.