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University News

Highlighting our recent and current work to drive down energy costs, carbon emissions and other environmental impacts.


Energy-Saving Culture Change at Aston University

Aston University has set itself the tough goal of reducing carbon emissions by 53% by 2020 against a 2006 baseline. Read more...


eLearning to Save Energy

Up to 10% energy savings can be achieved by educating building users to understand their impact on energy consumption and change their behaviour - but effectively reaching hundreds or thousands of staff is no easy task.  Read more...


Energy awareness campaigns and surveys

The importance of building occupants, such as staff and students, in reducing energy consumption is often overlooked. In this article, we explain how Awareness Surveys can provide the valuable information that you need to design a cost-effective campaign and also recruit volunteer Energy Champions. Read more...


Energy Champions – Are they effective?

As part of energy awareness campaigns, it is useful to establish a network of volunteers to assist with the promotion of energy saving values and messages to colleagues. In this article, we explain how Energy Champions can help your campaign. Read more...


Getting everyone saving energy with ISO 50001

Consistently driving down energy consumption demands a structured organisation-wide energy management system (EnMS) such as ISO 50001 involving everyone from the top down. Read more...


Sustainability by stealth

How do we effectively communicate sustainability for lasting change? In this article, we explain eight key principles for success and gives real life examples to illustrate them. Read more...


Is a Heat Network the Answer to your Carbon Reduction Challenge?

The Government has identified heat networks – otherwise known district heating systems (DHS) - as a key technology to decarbonise heat and has allocated £320m of funding to 2021 to grow the heat networks market.  Read more...


District Heating Design and Optimisation

District Heating Systems (DHS) represent a massive infrastructure investment and huge annual running costs yet they are frequently beset with problems.:  Read more...


Lancaster University District Heating Feasibility Studies

Lancaster has one of the oldest and most extensive District Heating Systems (DHS), but after fifty years of use and evolution as the University expanded, it was not operating efficiently – as highlighted by our Building Management System (BMS) Health Check. Read more...


Supercharged Energy Audits

The Green Consultancy’s Investment Grade Energy Audits already had a fantastic reputation because of our rigorous and scientific energy efficiency methodology. Now they have been supercharged by our unique and powerful software surveying tool Energy Initiator®.  Read more...


Your BMS is wasting energy!

Yes, that is a bold statement – but we have yet to find a BMS that isn’t wasting a serious amount of energy. Potential savings range from 10-50%.  Read more...


Are boiler controls a good idea?

Boilers represent a key energy efficiency opportunity as they frequently account for a significant proportion of energy wastage. This article explains why making better use of your Building Management System (BMS) is a much better way to improve boiler efficiency Read more...


Is your BMS wasting energy?

Building Management Systems (BMS or BEMS) are essential to effective energy management and if any one piece of equipment, or its control, goes wrong it can cost a fortune – and this can go undetected for many years. This article considers many of the ways that you can improve the energy efficiency of plant controlled by your BMS. Read more...


Managing energy for comfort

Heating, ventilating and cooling buildings to make them comfortable for users is a major consumer of energy. This article explains the key factors that influence comfort, other than the air temperature itself. Read more...


Extra value from your Condition Surveys

Universities typically spend a five or six figure sum on Condition Surveys – either quinquennially or spread over five years at the rate of 20% per year. This cries out for a greater return on investment.  Read more...


University of Greenwich Carbon Management Plan

University of Greenwich (UoG) produced its first five year Carbon Management Plan (CMP) in 2011. Like many other HEIs their CMP set out a carbon reduction strategy with a focus on improving energy efficiency. This spring we were appointed to review the old CMP and produce a new one, again focusing especially on Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction Read more...


The Power of Energy Data

Metering, monitoring and targeting (MM&T) is the single most important energy management tool and delivers a wide range of benefits if used effectively. The technology is currently experiencing a boom, with a dramatic increase in products and services from both old and new suppliers. Read more...


How to Spot Bogus Energy-Saving Products

There is no shortage of allegedly “silver bullet” bolt-on solutions for saving energy. How can you tell which ones could work? Will they work for you? Is there a far better solution? Read more...


Measuring and verifying energy savings

Does your organisation hesitate to invest in energy efficiency because it fears that the projected cost savings will not be achieved? This article explains what measurement and verification is and introduces the international protocol which stipulates how it should be carried out.  Read more...


Voltage Management – A silver bullet?

As the cost of electricity has increased, there has been a surge of interest in reducing electrical voltages as a supposedly quick, easy, “guaranteed” energy saving measure. This article explains how voltage management can save energy and steps you should take to identify the potential and the best solution for your site. Read more...


Mechanical Ventilation - Major savings opportunity

The vast majority of large modern buildings – and many older ones – are fitted with mechanical ventilation. This article explains how ventilation systems waste energy and what you can do to reduce running costs – often with little or no capital expenditure. Read more...


Saving energy in swimming pools

Heated swimming pools are operated by schools, universities and hotels as well as dedicated sports and leisure organisations - even hospitals have hydrotherapy pools. This article explains how pools use energy and what you can do to reduce running costs. Read more...


Chillers – Monsters on the roof

Chillers often waste considerable of amounts energy, both directly and through their interaction with heating. This article explains some of the reasons why chillers waste energy and what you can do to make yours more efficient. Read more...


Air conditioning split systems

In many buildings air-conditioning or “comfort-cooling” is provided by “split” systems which can also be used for heating and humidity control. This article explains what split systems are and how to reduce the energy they waste. Read more...


Boiler plant - Beasts in the basement

Most boilers waste a significant proportion of their input energy for much if not all of their operating lives. This article explains the key reasons for this sorry state of affairs and what you can do to improve the efficiency of your boilers. Read more...


Dysfunctional Data Centre Cooling

We were delighted to be contacted this month by Cardiff Metropolitan University with a view to investigating the options to improve their Data Centre Cooling.  Read more...


Combined Heat and Power – Opportunity or Liability?

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) can be to be an attractive way to reduce costs and cut carbon emissions. The reality is that many CHP plants do the exact opposite of this. Unfortunately, many users are unaware that this is happening... Read more...


Energy efficient and effective lighting

Nobody really notices lighting until there's something wrong with it. It's too bright? It's too dark? This article explains how to achieve the benefits of energy efficient and effective lighting. Read more...


Procuring Green Consultancy Services via a Public Sector Framework

You can now procure any of our services via Perfect Circle which will eliminate your need to tender or get competitive quotes.  Read more...


Outsourcing to reduce costs or improve service delivery

Many organisations are considering outsourcing energy and facilities management to reduce costs and/or to improve service delivery when they are unable to recruit the staff that they need. Outsourcing can be a difficult and complex process and organisations often struggle to align their organisational objectives with the outsourcing programme and to optimise the potential benefits of the strategy.  Read more...


Strategic Energy Partnership for University of Chester

Together with Gleeds Advisory we are helping the University to procure a Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP) for its University’s Thornton Science Park by an OJEU tendering process.  Read more...


Is Energy Project Implementation a Headache for you?

Do you have the resources to implement your desired energy-saving projects? Clients are increasingly requesting help with implementing our energy-saving recommendations - in particular, the 100 organisations that we provided ESOS Compliance support to. Read more...


Salix Public Sector Funding Update

Salix will fund bundles of Public Sector project costs that include enabling measures (ie that don’t themselves generate carbon savings directly) as long as the overall package meets their carbon and cost criteria. Read more...


Overcome all Barriers to Energy-Saving in one Leap!

The greatest barriers to implementing energy saving measures are lack of resources, funding and expertise. The Green Consultancy can overcome all of these obstacles for you by providing all you need to deliver an energy saving project or programme.  Read more...


Are Photovoltaics for You?

The Earth receives roughly 5,000 times more energy than humans consume from all sources combined – so it makes sense to capture some of it to reduce your carbon emissions and consumption of mains electricity if you can do so cost-effectively.  Read more...


Sustainable Design and Construction for University of Chester

Having carried out Investment Grade Energy Audits, produced a new Carbon Management Plan and advised on managing Scope 3 carbon emissions, TGC was asked to help the University to develop an enhanced approach to sustainable design and construction. Read more...