We are delighted to have been shortlisted for Consultancy of the Year at the Education Estates Awards for our work with Unite Students to develop an energy and carbon management platform.
The platform allows Unite Students to assess the environmental impacts and return on investment from applying any number of 46 different Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) to any number of their 130 student accommodation sites. By doing so, Unite Students can design programmes of work in hours instead of weeks and use the platforms business case generator to evaluate different packages of works before confidently securing executive level buy in and financial investment.
The platform works by analysing data from 126 building surveys, half hourly energy consumption, hourly weather data and profiles of energy consuming equipment and proposed ECMs.
Functionality includes an automated import and export function so that the user can import their survey results, view an automatically generated energy model of the building and instantly review the impacts of any number of 46 energy conservation measures. The platform is also flexible enough to react to changing financial landscapes and assets and is transparent enough for Unite Students to view, challenge or overwrite any of the inputs at will.
Finally, the platform also overcomes the well-established performance gap between SBEM predicted energy consumption (the standard assessment method for non-domestic buildings) and actual, metered energy consumption, allowing for pinpoint accuracy of findings and subsequent business cases.
Stuart Gray, Senior Associate at Sustain said:
“This is the first time a platform of this nature, complexity and accuracy has been developed and we’re thrilled that it has received recognition from the Education Estates Awards. The project has been a true collaboration between client and consultant and the resultant piece of technology makes significant strides forward in the measurement, management and reduction of energy emissions.”
The Education Estates Awards are designed to recognise excellence in the funding, design, build, management and maintenance of schools, colleges and universities across the UK. Winners for all award categories will be announced at the award ceremony which takes place on the first night of the Education Estates exhibition and conference – the largest gathering of Education Buildings Professionals from across the UK – on the 1st November 2017.