This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Haden Building Management nominated for a world Green Business Award

28 December 2007

Haden Building Management has been nominated in the category for “Best use of technology to support environmental excellence” for a World Business Green Business Award, for its work with Stoke Schools PFI

The entry demonstrated Haden’s proactive approach to energy management through an active partnership between Haden Building Management Ltd (Haden), Transform Stoke Schools Ltd (TSSL), Stoke City Council (SSC) and school users within the Stoke Schools Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Following completion of a major refurbishment programme of over 100 schools in 2003, baseline consumption was established and Haden were targeted with a 5% reduction in energy consumption from this date.
Following analysis of the baseline consumption data, it was recognised by Haden management team that consumption was excessive for the size of the estate and a team was established to investigate the energy issue.

The initial focus was on reducing gas usage by improving the operation of the Trend Building Management System (BMS) which had been installed in the majority of schools during the refurbishment programme.
A Monitoring and Targeting (M&T) IT system was introduced to record utility consumption and cost. This identified and ranked poor performance, enabling the team to concentrate on specific schools with the maximum potential for saving. The system also ensured that data was regularly analysed and that improvement and change could be tracked.

Implementation of this strategy and involvement of all school users in saving energy resulted in the gas consumption for the year 2006 reducing by approximately 10,734,976 kWh (equivalent to 550 tonnes Carbon) from the 2003 base level. This represents a saving of 18.2% and amounts to an annual saving of £270,000 at today’s costs.

However, the energy team was acutely aware of the affect that changes in annual weather pattern affected consumption and the data was weather corrected using degree day analysis within the M&T system. This analysis takes into account external weather conditions and adjusts heating consumption data accordingly. Calculated savings were subsequently reduced to 8,318,108 kWh, (equivalent to 430 tonnes Carbon) and a saving of 14.1% following weather correction. This not only exceeds the 5% targeted reduction, but also the Kyoto reduction target of 12.5% by 2012 relative to 1990 levels.

The initial strategy was to improve communication between the computer located in the office and the site controller located at each of the schools; these problems were resolved by replacement or repair of the defective equipment. Once this communication was established, rationalisation of heating times, in conjunction with the school management, ensured that the schools were only heated when occupied. Further modification of the BMS strategy ensured that individual areas were only heated to the required temperatures.

The project has involved a whole school approach to saving energy as part of an ongoing partnership between Haden, TSSL, SCC and schools users. The Haden team has provided training and support for site staff in the implementation of energy conservation measures. Pupils are encouraged to participate in the provision of meter readings and consumption reports are provided by the team back to the school in order to encourage and motivate both pupils and staff.

This project is by no means complete and attention has now moved on to encompass changes in the software that drives the BMS to further enhance performance and to lighting improvements to reduce the overall consumption.

The winners of all categories were announded on Thursday 29th of November in London.

Print this page | E-mail this page


View more articles
Article image

Relocation, relocation, relocation

We take a look at the trends and challenges affecting the relocation market...

Article image

Data-driven future

We take a look at the ways sensors and data are transforming FM......
Article image

Specialist FM recruitment company is given 3-star accreditation from Best Companies for employee engagement

Boden Group has been recognised with 3-star accreditation as part of the prestigious Best Companies accreditation scheme, acknowledging their world class l...
Article image

Why the Law Says You Need a Nappy Bin Disposal Service

At home, parents are used to disposing of their babies’ used nappies the same way they do any other domestic waste - bagging it up and sticking it in the r...
Article image

Mitie identifies key issues facing FMs

Mitie has released a whitepaper which explores the challenges that the FM industry faces as it heads into 2023......
Article image

Principle pledges to help ex-forces personnel

Principle Cleaning Services has signed up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant...