Green Gown Awards 2015 Carbon Reduction - The University of Nottingham - Highly Commended

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NOTT Carbon!

In 2014/15 investments of £2.1m have covered a range of technologies and buildings, including plant replacement (boilers and chillers), lighting upgrades including main campus LED street lighting project, and the continuation of insulation and double glazing projects.

There has also been targeted action at the Medical School (responsible for 18% of total energy consumption) with projects to replace parts of the large centralised chilled water production and reduce the ventilation losses through service void areas between the user floors. Significant work has continued to explore campus wide low carbon energy solutions including a mixed renewable generation solution for Sutton Bonington.

A large Photovoltaic (PV) array of 1000m2 has been installed on the Vet School Clinical wing and is now operational. A project to install a 800kW combined heat and power (CHP) scheme is now being installed which will save £275K on energy costs and cut carbon emissions by 1250 TCO2.

Top 3 learnings

1 Develop a range of bigger and smaller projects to maintain momentum and get impact and build it into your capital programme over a medium term plan

2 Target your efforts at areas where the opportunities for user comfort, student experience, carbon reduction and cost savings can be achieved simultaneously

3 Work with key stakeholders such as building users to involve them in the project design.

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