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Energy Efficiency ARE YOU READY?

The UK Government established ESOS to implement Article 8 (4 to 6) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). The ESOS Regulations 2014 gave effect to the scheme that is designed to support energy efficiency measures in the UK’s commercial and industrial sectors. 

These energy efficiency measures aim to reduce carbon emissions by 80%. This was agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act in 2008 and will now be amended to the new, much tougher, goal. The actual terminology used by the government is ‘net zero’ greenhouse gases by 2050. That means emissions from homes, transport, farming and industry will have to be avoided completely or, in the most difficult examples, offset by planting trees or using carbon capture technology. 

ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. The Environment Agency is the UK scheme administrator. 

Organisations must notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline that they have complied with their ESOS obligations. The deadline for the first compliance period for phase 1 was 5 December 2015. The deadline for the second compliance period was 5 December 2019. As the scheme runs in four-year phases, the deadline for the next compliance period – ESOS Phase 3 – is 5 December 2023. 

The latest ESOS scheme applies to any UK company that: 

  • employs 250 or more people, or 

  • has an annual turnover in excess of £44 million and an annual balance sheet total of over £38 million 

  • is an overseas company with UK registered establishments (regardless of their size) – if any other part of their global corporate group activities in the UK meet the ESOS qualifying criteria 

If your business is affected by ESOS and should show improvements in your energy usage and management, then GCL Building Technologies 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. 


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 and ‘Remote Powering’ technology 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%. 


LED lighting 

Lighting is one of highest consumers of energy in a commercial building. LED lighting uses significantly less energy than standard or conventional alternatives, it also has a longer lifetime. 

The final phase of the EU light lamp ban came into effect on 1 September 2018 banning halogen lamps in all but specialist applications. So now may be the time to take the opportunity to reduce your running and maintenance costs and make the change to LEDs. 

Benefits of an LED lighting system: 

  • Quick return on investment 

  • Equivalent luminance at a lower cost 

  • Longer lasting lamps 

  • Lower energy usage 

  • Circadian Lighting Design - Improved ambience with dimmable, mood lighting with flexible colour rendering that amplifies occupant comfort and productivity 

  • No “warm up” time, as with Sodium and Metal Halide lighting 


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 (BEMS) 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 BEMS: 

  • Coordinate the operation of various systems 

  • Complete control over your building environment 

  • Closely monitor building energy efficiency 

  • Reduce energy consumption 

  • Controls may be adjusted remotely online (password protected) 

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 PCs, laptops and hand-held devices. This will give you quick access to building information in the form of graphs, charts and reports, allowing you to make informed energy saving decisions. 


Electrical vehicle charging installations 

The UK has a commitment for almost all cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050. The Government is already trying to encourage electrical vehicles with a delivery plan in London, stating that all new developments with five parking spaces or more must equip 20% of those spaces with electric car charging points. 

A report from the Department of Transport identified that recharging and lack of charger availability was seen as a deterring factor in the purchasing of electric vehicles. However, with support from the Government for electric vehicles, you now have the opportunity to introduce electric vehicle installations to your building and reduce your energy consumption. 

Energy Efficiency ARE YOU READY?

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