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Veolia Delivers Major Carbon Savings To The University Of East Anglia

Veolia Delivers Major Carbon Savings To The University Of East Anglia

Global resource management group, Veolia, through its subsidiary Veolia CHP UK Limited, is helping the University of East Anglia (UEA) to reduce carbon emissions through a new 10-year combined heat and power contract. This will provide low carbon electricity and heat to University of East Anglia and see two of the latest generation of Veolia combined heat and power (CHP) units installed to deliver secure energy supplies.  The 4MWe CHP installation will help the University reduce campus carbon emissions by 35% by 2020, against a 1990 baseline and support their ‘Sustainable Ways’ vision where the efficient use of resources and self-generated energy support low carbon goals.

Designed to produce around 30GWh of electricity a year and maximise heat efficiency, the CHP will cut annual carbon emissions by a further 4,000 tonnes. The system is based around two of the latest generation of Veolia 2MWe units which will deliver low carbon heat and electricity to the 320-acre campus through the district heating and cooling network and electrical infrastructure. This maintains the energy supply for the buildings that support the academic and research activities for over 18,800 students and staff.

This is the final part of a three-year project to update energy facilities at UEA. Along with new, more energy efficient boilers and pumps, Thermal Stores have been installed to capture excess heat from the CHPs and use it later in the day when needed. These tanks hold 200,000 litres of water, an efficient way to store the excess heat generated by the CHP engines.

The CHP installation phase of the project was completed in October 2017 and will be supported by a 10 year contract using Veolia’s CHP helpdesk to provide lifetime monitoring. Optimised maintenance will be provided by the company’s nationwide field service teams.

Commenting on the new contract, Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s Chief Operating Officer, Public and Commercial Veolia UK said “Our combined heat and power units are already supporting the sustainable goals of over 60 campuses in the UK and reducing their carbon emissions by over 40,000 tonnes each year. By deploying this new generation of units that include the latest industry innovations we will be able to help the campus to increase energy efficiency.”

Richard Bettle from UEA added, “These latest CHP engines replaced the original engines installed in 1999 and, along with a third existing CHP engine, will allow us to generate over 80% of electricity on site, reducing costs and CO2 emissions.”

Internationally renowned, the University of East Anglia is currently ranked in the top15 of all UK universities.  It is a leading member of Norwich Research Park, one of Europe's biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environmental, health, and plant sciences. UEA successfully achieved the international standard for environmental management systems, ISO14001, in May 2015. The remit of their EMS covers teaching, research and operational activities.

Veolia currently have around 30MWe of CHP capacity that provides energy on over 60 university campuses, supporting their education and research facilities, and housing more than 200,000 students.

New real-time energy optimisation technology delivers savings beyond controllable load

New real-time energy optimisation technology delivers savings beyond controllable load

A Sheffield-based energy solutions company has launched its real-time energy optimisation technology today.

VISTA offers ‘new ways of seeing’ for energy professionals. In fact, it takes energy savings and carbon reduction to a new level by adding an additional layer of intelligence to a building management system (BMS).  The result is a step-change improvement in energy visibility, optimised building control – and guaranteed energy savings, whilst improving comfort levels in the building.

World-leading expertise

Developed by BG Energy Solutions’ (BGES) carbon reduction specialists, VISTA is much more than a ‘box within a BMS’ or a data analytics tool.

Available in two versions - VISTA Pro and VISTA Lite - it integrates seamlessly into an existing BMS, HVAC plant, lighting control and other smart interfaces, in order to save energy by operating both intelligently and efficiently. This is achieved by taking on-board live weather forecasts, energy tariff data and building operation trends.

Building and energy management professionals can take advantage of its user-friendly front end and real-time information – thereby saving building operators time and helping to identify issues quickly.

Powered by EcoPilot®

VISTA Pro uses the power of world-renowned EcoPilot® technology to deliver a complete picture of energy use.

Using the thermal mass signature of a building, EcoPilot® improves a building’s comfort conditions, while automatically optimising energy usage from HVAC systems. What’s more, it achieves maximum estate-wide efficiency and balance by enabling various systems to work in harmony - rather than against - each other.

Because VISTA goes beyond controllable load, the result is significantly reduced energy bills. Alongside this, carbon reduction targets can be more easily achieved.

Impressive ROI & energy savings

Commenting on the launch, BGES Managing Director Gareth Barber said:

“This is a very exciting and significant launch for us. VISTA is the formal productisation of our already-successful and multi-award-winning energy optimisation solution. We have refined our offering even further and have placed end users firmly in mind during this process.

“The result is a powerful energy management tool. Energy savings are typically 20% and ROI is expected in under 2 years. We cannot wait to take VISTA to an even wider audience.”

ABM UK strengthens its museum portfolio with Museum of London contract win

ABM UK strengthens its museum portfolio with Museum of London contract win

ABM UK, a leading provider of facilities solutions, has been awarded a four-year contract with the Museum of London at its London Wall, Docklands and Hackney-based sites.    

The total contract value is £2.4m over the four-year term, with the option for both parties to extend the contract for a further two years.  

ABM UK will supply the Museum of London's three locations with seven staff members, who will provide planned preventative maintenance and reactive works, with a specific focus on mechanical, technical, plumbing and building fabric maintenance.  

Andy Donnell, group managing director of ABM UK, commented: “ABM UK is exceptionally proud to be working with the Museum of London, which is one of the capital's major tourist attractions. It's imperative that the Museum of London is continually in optimum operating condition – ABM UK has the necessary technical, mechanical and energy efficiency expertise to ensure that visitors enjoy the museums in comfortable and well-lit surroundings.  

"ABM UK's parent company, ABM was founded in 1902, and we believe that our understanding and appreciation of just how important history is to an organisation will stand us in good stead in supplying the Museum of London with an outstanding service."  

ABM UK will also provide the Museum of London with an energy manager, who will be based on-site at the three locations for two days per week, and a part-time apprentice. The energy manager’s role will be to ensure that the three properties' energy usage remains as efficient as possible to maximise operating cost savings. ABM UK will support the Museum of London’s education of young talent through apprenticeship placements throughout the contract term.  

The Museum of London – an amalgamation of the Guildhall Museum and the London Museum – was established after the Second World War, and was officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II at its current London Wall location in 1976. The museum unveiled a second site – the Museum of London Docklands – in 2003. The two museums tell the story of the world's greatest city and its people, from prehistoric times to the present day, and has plans to move to a new location in West Smithfield by 2022.  

Fiona Wilson, project director at the Museum of London, commented: “From the outset, ABM UK demonstrated total understanding and empathy of what it takes for a museum of our heritage to function properly, and a requirement that our high standards should never slip. We were particularly impressed by ABM UK’s focus on its people, investment in technology and commitment to supporting the museum’s strategic objectives.  

"We are committed to ensuring our properties remain as energy-efficient as possible. We are confident that ABM UK's team will employ the company's advanced know-how to ensure our three buildings are as green as they can be."   

ABM UK has extensive experience working with heritage sites, and counts the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, the River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, and the Honourable Society of Middle Temple, as existing clients, and at which it delivers cleaning and mechanical & electrical services. 

ESG Secures Compliance Consultancy Agreement with Royal Albert Hall

ESG Secures Compliance Consultancy Agreement with Royal Albert Hall

ESG, a SOCOTEC company, the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, has been selected to work with the Royal Albert Hall.

The new agreement is an exciting opportunity for ESG to demonstrate its extensive testing, inspection and compliance capabilities across such a historical building. ESG can guarantee that the Royal Albert Hall will receive a smooth, coordinated service that has the potential to extend beyond the length and breadth of the current agreement.

The agreement was formed as a result of ESG’s technical expertise across a wide-ranging resource pool of flexible working staff, as well as an internal IT team for developing the online client portal, ESGi, for convenient access to client reports.

Nick Harper, operations director, Built Environment Services, commented: “It’s such a great opportunity to work with and support an iconic landmark like the Royal Albert Hall. ESG’s extensive service offering means we can offer comprehensive compliance support to the Royal Albert Hall, giving us the potential to build foundations for a long-term relationship. We’re proud to support this prestigious building, ensuring it remains continually compliant.”

With a history dating back more than 100 years, ESG has consistently developed its service offering and can now deliver a complete solution for all legislative and regulatory environmental compliance.

Bristan Supports ‘Remember Me’ Theme For World Alzheimer’s Month

Bristan Supports ‘Remember Me’ Theme For World Alzheimer’s Month

Taking place throughout September, this year’s World Alzheimer’s month theme is ‘Remember me’ and Bristan is lending its voice to the campaign.

With World Alzheimer’s day on 21st September, the international month-long campaign takes place every September, helping to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. Launched in 2012, this year marks the sixth global World Alzheimer’s month and the theme of ‘remember me’ aims to highlight the importance of early diagnosis of dementia. 

One area of the home where Alzheimer’s can have its most significant, and potentially dangerous, impact is the bathroom. Here, Chris Tranter, specification product manager at Bristan, provides four top tips when specifying for those who are suffering with Alzheimer’s:

  1. A touch of familiarity – When it comes to specifying brassware, crosshead taps, with clear hot and cold indices, are especially well-suited for household members with Alzheimer’s as they are offer a more familiar style, therefore making them easier to use by those with memory issues. What’s more, long handle controls are ideal for multi-generational homes as young children and the older generation can use them easily and safely.
  2. Shower safety - Scalding is a very real danger for vulnerable people and can occur in just five seconds. Ordinarily electric showers can pose a risk of scalding if water is drawn off from another outlet, even if a maximum hot water temperature has been set. The practical suggestion is, therefore, an electric shower with in-built thermostatic controls.  The Bristan Joy Care, for example, which is designed to meet the stringent BEAB Care accreditation, incorporates safety features, such as large, easy-to-move dials, raised markings and audible clicks when settings are adjusted, making it safe and easy-to-use for those with Alzheimer’s.
  3. Timing is key – To help prevent flooding should taps or showers be left on accidentally by those with memory issues, timed flow controls can be installed, turning off the flow once a set period of time has passed. This means that carers or other family members can rest assured that users with Alzheimer’s can’t cause any harm to themselves, or their surroundings.
  4. Hazard-proof wet rooms – For the ultimate in safety, the integration of a wet room can provide a variety of benefits designed to help those with memory issues. With no need to step into a shower tray, the risk of tripping is minimised and non-slip flooring can reduce slipping from occurring. For added safety, there are plenty of cleverly designed fittings that provide aid for vulnerable users without impacting on the rest of the family. A wall-mounted fold-up shower seat, for example, is practical and unobtrusive, and safety, grab rails can also be installed to aid stability. These features allow the user to feel comfortable in their surroundings, preventing accidents from taking place.

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