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The University of Law is undertaking a pioneering energy management project with GMI Energy that has already identified immediate energy cost savings of 19% and avoided a 55% higher energy spend by 2020.

Faced with concerns over rising energy costs and compliance with impending carbon legislation, such as ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme), the University of Law decided to implement a specially designed Energy Efficiency Management Program by GMI Energy.

The program is very different from a traditional consultancy approach combining audits, training, technology and monitoring to achieve impressive results. An initial survey by GMI Energy generated a list of simple changes for the client to complete, along with further adjustments, such as existing BMS (building management system), HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) and aM&T (automated monitoring and targeting) adjustments that will be conducted by the GMI Energy team. These are broken down on a site-by-site basis and prioritised by return.

Delivery has started with an initial rollout at the University of Law in Leeds with a view to this becoming an exemplary site for others to follow. GMI Energy has installed sub-meters that extract vital data used to make continual assessments and forecasts, as well as check the progress of newly deployed energy efficiency measures.

The entire project is monitored via an advanced cloud-based software system that can be accessed by users from a range of devices and GMI Energy is providing training at the University of Law on the delivery of the system and how to use the specialist software. This involves leading regular discussion groups and providing reports that empower the University of Law to make positive changes, engaging staff and students, appointing energy champions and meeting KPIs (key performance indicators).

The program has already identified immediate energy savings of 15% and cost savings of 19% that will be achievable with a payback of just under 2.5 years. The impact of doing nothing would be a 55% higher energy spend by 2020.

Following in the footsteps of Leeds, the system is due to be rolled out at the University of Law in Bloomsbury, Moorgate and Birmingham with remaining sites to implement the scheme in 2016.

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