Last week, Sustain’s Tilly Shaw stepped up to deliver a thought provoking and unique case study for the panel on ‘Successful approaches to energy savings in existing buildings’ at Ecobuild 2016 in London’s Excel centre.
Tilly’s engaging presentation centred on the big compliance scheme from last year: the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS). Many in the room had experience of ESOS, either as lead assessors or as companies needing to achieve compliance, which led to a lively Q&A afterwards! The presentation itself concerned the innovative work Sustain have done with Unite Students the UK’s leading manager and developer of student accommodation. As Tilly explained (with help from video segments from Unite Students), this project wasn’t your average ESOS report as Unite Students had already undertaken many of the more obvious energy saving measures such as LED lighting. As such this project had to get creative across the estate of 138 separate buildings in 28 university towns and cities, and it’s safe to say the audience were impressed with the breadth of the project!
The other speakers from Spie UK and Canary Wharf Group did a brilliant job of engaging the audience about their energy saving work in existing buildings and all the speakers were called upon to stay after the panel to meet and answer questions from delegates.
Tilly Shaw said “It was a great panel discussion and every speaker had an area of expertise to share with the audience. I thought the Q&A raised some interesting points about how you go further with energy savings beyond LEDs or heating controls.”
Away from the panel, we were able to take in all the fantastic developments in the industry and we even managed to catch up with a couple of existing clients such as Transport for London who were there exhibiting their work for the Camden Town station upgrade.
If you’re considering energy savings in existing buildings, we’d love to hear from you.