Northfield EcoCentre: Green Knowledge Cafe #1

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Northfield EcoCentre: Green Knowledge Cafe #1

  1. 1. Northfield EcocentreReducing Bills Project2012-2013
  2. 2. IntroductionOutline of Session:- Why Northfield Ecocentre?- Explanation of how assessment was developed- Reading Thermal Imagery- Review of findings- Top issues and recommendations- Going forward
  3. 3. Why Northfield Ecocentre?- Non-profit Organisation based in Birmingham- Impartial advice organisation- Extensive experience with domestic and non domesticprojects- Part of Birmingham Green Commission- Part of European Union Climate KIC Programme- Able to offer environmental, energy and cost savingmeasures
  4. 4. Initial Assessment...
  5. 5. Environmental Assessment- Project called ‘Reducing Bills’- Mainly to reflect time of budgetary restraints- Prior discussions found interest of wider impacts- Cost reduction strategies from other issues- Interest about Green Business Tourism Award- Aim to establish a ‘Baseline Figure’- Used Unofficial Display Energy Certificate- Aim to provide recommendations- Another review in 2 years time to review progress
  6. 6. Baseline Figures ExplanationBased on Information Provided:- Electricity Consumption- Displayed in kWh- Gas Consumption- Some sites provided in m³- Converted to kWh- Carbon emissions data- Electricity - used information from providers- Gas – used information from Env Agency- Displayed in tonnes of CO²-Water figures displayed in litres- Not all site data available
  7. 7. Baseline Display Energy Certificate- Some sites provided with a Display Energy Certificate-This is NOT OFFICIAL- Cannot to be displayed or communicated outside of thisproject- Purpose - to allow comparison including ‘Degree DayData’- To make sites aware of how useful tool is
  8. 8. Thermal Imagery- Some sites provided with thermal imagery- Mainly done on sites earlier in the year- Needs to be a high temperature difference betweeninside and outside- Unnecessary on some buildings due to size, age, scale- Shows differences in temperatures within image- Temperature differences are relative- Used effectively inside and outside on some buildings
  9. 9. Reading Thermal ImageryInternal:Heat Losses from plant:
  10. 10. Reading Thermal ImageryInternal:Drafts or heat loss:
  11. 11. Reading Thermal ImageryExternal:Heat Loss from Fabric:
  12. 12. Findings...
  13. 13. Baseline Figures Outline- All museums now provided data for figures- Some reports being finalisedTotals for Entire Project are as followed:- Electricity- Gas- Carbon Footprint
  14. 14. Baseline Figures Individual Outline?
  15. 15. Top Common Issues...
  16. 16. Staff Behaviour – Low Cost- Most museums visitors wore outside clothing- Heating therefore mainly for staff/collection- Some staff/volunteers in tshirt’s/shirts- Tread carefully – they are a key resourceExample:- Staff-led awareness- Engage with staff on what they think- Empower staff to come up with ideas- Publish results- Maybe small nudge on areas
  17. 17. Heating Controls – Low Cost- Most museums had some control over heating- Evidence of heating being left on over summer- Heating levels too high in some places- Most museums collected room dataExample:- Turn boilers down to 60 degrees- If rooms are hot, turn down/off heating, don’t openwindows- Consider a system based on room temperature readings
  18. 18. Draft Proofing – Low/Medium Cost- Many sites had drafts around doors, windows- Even Grade 1 Listed Buildings can reduce drafts- Think reversible systems – English Heritage Advice- Will reduce energy consumption and raise comfortExample:- Low cost compression strips around doors- Can be done in a way that can’t be seen- Will reduce requirements on heating system- Make staff/volunteers more comfortable
  19. 19. Lighting – Medium Cost- Most museums still used high energy lighting- Were extensively over lit- Includes Tube lights, filament bulbs, halogen- Lighting upgrades = quick win- Upfront investmentExample:- 35w incandescent spotlights- Replace with 5w LED lights £10 each- Uses 1/7 of the energy- Lasts 5x as long- Payback usually 1.5 years
  20. 20. Going Forward...
  21. 21. Environmental Management System-‘Management System’- ‘Framework of processes and procedures used toensure an organisation can fulfil all tasks required toachieve objectives’ –straight from Wikipedia!- Think H&S and Visitor Feedback- Ultimately formalising a system of checks- Can be as little or as complicated as you want- Its how organisations of all sizes reduce env impacts- ISO 14001 an international standard
  22. 22. Environmental Management SystemBegin with a policy to set direction:- Get top decision makers involved- Enshrine a staff green champion/team- Set areas of focus- Don’t make it too sky high - ‘we want to stopclimate change’- Consider how sustainability can be integratedto core strategy
  23. 23. Environmental Management SystemEnvironmental Programmes:- From policy areas of focus- Plan, do, check, actEg. Energy- Year 1: Start monthly energy monitoring programme- Green Champions/Manager ‘X’ Responsible- Review meeting every 3 months- Not working? Why?- Year 2: Reduce energy by 10% on Year 1...
  24. 24. Environmental Management SystemEnvironmental Programmes:- From policy areas of focus – choose 2-3 to focus on- Plan, do, check, actEg. Energy- Year 1: Start monthly energy monitoring programme- Green Champions/Manager ‘X’ Responsible- Review meeting every 3 months- Not working? Why?- Year 2: Reduce energy by 10% on Year 1...
  25. 25. Environmental Management SystemEnvironmental Programmes:- From policy areas of focus – choose 2-3 to focus on- Plan, do, check, actEg. Energy- Year 1: Start monthly energy monitoring programme- Green Champions/Manager ‘X’ Responsible- Review meeting every 3 months- Not working? Why?- Year 2: Reduce energy by 10% on Year 1...
  26. 26. Environmental Management SystemCommunicate to Stakeholders!- Tell staff/volunteers how they’re doing- Tell the world how your doing!- Consider using reporting as a motivation

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