We have worked with The University of Reading to optimise the energy use of their student services building.
Behaviour change programme initiated for staff and students
Technical improvements identified
25% reduction in targeted areas
- Management staff felt that the student services building did not meet it’s energy performance expectations.
- Long term performance improvements were required to ensure energy savings for the university.
- Physical efficiency improvements such as insulation were deemed less viable due to the relatively efficient design of the building.
- Energy metering, monitoring & targeting technology was used to identify areas of excess use.
- Behaviour change programme was introduced in order to reduce consumption in targeted areas.
- Data collection identified areas where technical improvements could be made – such as time clock controls for electric water heaters that were consistently left on.
- Detailed energy use data provided for the student services building.
- The combined approach was able to change the building user’s attitude to energy use.
- Energy consumption was reduced by 25% in targeted areas.
- Out of hours energy use was reduced by up to 40%.
- Approach to energy reduction is set to be implemented elsewhere on the campus.
The monitoring and metering exercise has been a huge success and the University is considering rolling out this approach to other buildings across the campus.- Nigel Hodgson - Energy Manager, The University of Reading
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