There has been rapid growth in energy consumption in public sector and commercial buildings over the last few decades. Additionally, now your building’s floor space, heating, lighting and IT has to meet the new legislation and sustainability requirements. This means you may need to adapt your site to be compliant.
All of these systems are heavy users of energy and are a significant overhead to your business – increasing their efficiency will cut your operating costs and help you meet your environmental obligations.
Why reduce your building’s energy usage?
- Major savings in energy costs
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Comply with the relevant environmental regulations
- For landlords, it will attract tenants to your building
GCL use smart structured cabling to install integrated energy monitoring systems and energy efficient lighting systems to provide you with a cost effective solution to reducing energy usage, in some cases by up to 80%.
Lighting is one of highest consumers of energy in a commercial building. LED lighting uses significantly less energy than standard or conventional alternatives, and also has a longer lifetime.
Additionally, under new legislation, halogen light lamps are being phased out and must be taken off the market by 2018. So, why don’t you take the opportunity to reduce your running and maintenance costs and make the change to LEDs now!
Benefits of an LED lighting system:
- Quick return on investment
- Equivalent luminance at a lower cost
- Longer lasting lamps
- Lower energy usage
- Improved ambience with dimmable, mood lighting with flexible colour rendering
Occupancy detection and daylight sensing
Installing intelligent lighting controls will ensure that you are not using any more energy than you need to. Detection systems that sense movement and natural light can replace your conventional switches ensuring that lights are turned off automatically in unoccupied spaces– reducing your lighting expenditure.
Our cabling experts will install a system that will ensure your lighting system is easy to use, allowing you to manage your lighting requirements from one simple interface.
Your bespoke lighting system will:
- Significantly reduce energy usage
- Drastically improve lamp life
- Provide huge maintenance costs savings
- Maintain optimum lighting levels
Building energy management systems
A building energy management system (BMS) is a computer-based approach to measuring, monitoring and managing the performance of building services, such as heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, lighting and security.
Benefits of BMS:
- Coordinate the operation of various systems
- Complete control over your building environment
- Closely monitor building energy efficiency
- Reduce energy consumption
Your building’s facilities manager can use these systems to monitor building energy usage. GCL will provide you with a coherent system that can be accessed from PC’s, laptops and hand held devices. This gives you quick access to building information in the form of graphs, charts and reports, allowing you to make informed energy saving decisions.
Complying with legislation & incentives
ESOS compliance – time is ticking on showing an energy saving.
ESOS is now a yearly obligation for those falling into the following criteria:
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• Employs 250 or more people
• Has an annual turnover in excess of €50m (£38,937,777)
• Has an annual balance sheet total in excess of €43m (£33,486,489)
You can find more details about ESOS on the Government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme-esos
Please note this information is subject to regular changes, and you are advised to check the above website for updates.
Many organisations meeting these criteria will have already completed their first ESOS assessment – and now must show how they have improved their usage when they complete their second and subsequent assessments.
If your business is affected by ESOS and must show improvements in your energy usage and management, then GCL can help. There are grants, low-interest loans and tax-breaks all designed to help you meet these requirements – GCL can provide you with more information or assist you to obtain funding for energy-saving programs and installations.