Southwold Primary School does it's homework to improve energy efficiency
7 October 2008, News release from EDF Energy
EDF Energy has helped a Hackney-school become more energy efficient after issuing the school with the energy company's first Display Energy Certificate (DEC).
The company's Major Business Energy Services division issued the certificate to Southwold Primary School in Hackney, to help show the school's actual energy usage (the 'Operational Rating') and to help the public to compare energy efficiency in buildings. The DEC is mandatory from 1st October 2008 for buildings with a total flooring area of more than 1,000m2.
Schools have only recently been included within the scheme, making Southwold's early compliance particularly impressive. Southwold is the first school in Hackney to proudly display its DEC and is keen to improve the current 'F' rating with a far-reaching programme of energy efficiency.
Julie Allen, Energy Efficiency Manager for EDF Energy Major Business, is also helping the school to install a Building Management System (BMS) to reduce consumption. This will allow parents, children and the wider community to look at the school's energy use but more importantly will allow Southwold to centrally control consumption and turn off energy outside of core opening hours. Julie's team has also developed software dashboards for the school's computers to help engage the children and involve them in reducing energy consumption. The school will also have access to all of the resources on The Pod website to help pupils and teachers in the fight against climate change.
Julie comments that: "Each DEC is accompanied by a recommendation report on how the energy performance of a building can be improved and approximate ROI, so I'm delighted to have started issuing these important documents. Buildings account for 40% of carbon emissions in the UK so improvements in this area will make a significant difference. With full compliance required by October, eligible buildings need to be assessed as soon as possible so I'd urge any customers this affects to get in touch. I'm confident that Southwold's energy consumption will improve In leaps and bounds and they will be getting top grades in no time!"
Gary Boyd, Headteacher of Southwold Primary School, says "As a school built in 1863, it was difficult to know where to start making changes to improve energy efficiency - yet with the support of EDF Energy, we are making real progress and have even become the first school in the Borough to have a Display Energy Certificate"
"I am confident that with a few other adjustments Southwold can improve its energy efficiency rating very rapidly. This will reduce our energy bills so that we can spend more on the children's education as well as reducing our carbon footprint so the children can contribute to help arrest global warming."
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