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At Bristol - Buildings and Behaviour April 2014


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Chris Dunford, Sustainability Manager of At-Bristol outlines way in which the three time WECC award winning Science Centre has adopted a mixture of technical and behavioral fixes to achieve …

Chris Dunford, Sustainability Manager of At-Bristol outlines way in which the three time WECC award winning Science Centre has adopted a mixture of technical and behavioral fixes to achieve sustainability at their award winning educational centre and event space.

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  • 1. Sustainability
  • 2. At-Bristol Science Centre Sustainabilityƒ Visitor attraction Educational charity Community engagement Science teacher CPD Venue hire Exhibition design and manufacture 246,000 visitors & 57,000 school children annually 11 acre city centre location – 2 buildings, 2 public squares, 1 car park, 1 Big Screen
  • 3. Sustainabilityƒ Working to be an exemplar sustainable organisation Environmental Energy Water Waste Travel Procurement Nature Social Access, Inclusion & Diversity Community Engagement Fair Trade Culture change across the whole organisation led by the Sustainability Action Group
  • 4. Sustainabilityƒ Awards and accreditations Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme Award South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2011-2012: Silver – Sustainable Tourism Bristol Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2012: Winner – Sustainable Tourism VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013: Highly Commended – Sustainable Tourism West of England Carbon Challenge Carbon Champion Award Winners 2011, 2012 and 2013 Catering accreditations in partnership with Elior: Gold Soil Association Food for Life Award, Silver Fairtrade Business Award, Compassion in World Farming Good Egg & Chicken Awards, One Star Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • 5. Sustainabilityƒ How to turn a derelict listed building into a test bed for sustainable technologies (when you have lots of money)
  • 6. Sustainabilityƒ A millennium project regeneration of the historic harbourside
  • 7. Sustainabilityƒ Renovation of a Grade II Listed Building
  • 8. Sustainabilityƒ 1903 French Hennebique style railway goods shed
  • 9. Sustainabilityƒ 2000 science centre with the latest technologies
  • 10. Sustainabilityƒ Innovative sustainable building systems
  • 11. Sustainabilityƒ 14 years on, how to continue reducing energy usage (when you have less money) Monthly Electricity Consumption 0 50,000 100,000 150,000 200,000 250,000 January February M arch April M ay June July August Septem ber O ctober Novem ber Decem ber kWhpermonth 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  • 12. Sustainabilityƒ 21% energy reduction (and three carbon champion awards) over three years
  • 13. Sustainabilityƒ Energy types Electricity 97% Diesel & Petrol 1% Flights 2% Gas 0% Electricity grid supply is green contract with Eon
  • 14. Sustainabilityƒ Energy Reduction Group Chris Dunford Chair Annette Hawker Venue Hire Ed Williams IT Ellie Savage / Simon Ridge Estates John Whittaker Security Joie Ledger SLC Kevin Collett Elior Mari Knapp Exhibitions & Workshop Tim Robertson Almeda
  • 15. Sustainabilityƒ Sustainability Action Group Chris Dunford Chair Annette Hawker Venue Hire Ed Williams IT Ellie Savage / Simon Ridge Estates John Whittaker Security Joie Ledger SLC Kevin Collett Elior Mari Knapp Exhibitions & Workshop Heather Smith Marketing Kat Adams HR & Volunteers Lucy Pope Fundraising / SMT Lucy Whigham VS / Bookings / Retail Mike Peacock Learning incl. LST Sheila Kearns Finance Simon Cooper Board of Trustees Tim Robertson Almeda
  • 16. Behaviour Vs Technology Sustainabilityƒ
  • 17. • Security trained to turn off as much of the building as possible as early in the evening as possible • Cleaning team trained to turn off lights as they move about the building out of hours • For out of hours events building systems only operate during the live event, not during the set-up or break-down times • Signage to encourage staff to turn off lights and devices and to use stairs instead of lifts • Staff trained how to use office heating, cooling and ventilation more effectively and conservatively Five examples of culture change Sustainabilityƒ
  • 18. • Modernisation of IT server equipment and virtualisation • High-tech lighting solutions: motion sensors, automated timed control, LED’s Low-tech lighting solutions: pull-cords, lag switches, re-positioning switches to increase usage by staff • Bin store extractor fan changed to run only during opening hours • Ensuring that all exhibits are controlled by a single ‘exhibit switch’ and allowing different floors to be turned on and off separately • Fine-tuning and introducing new programming into the control software of our building’s advanced environmental systems…… Five examples of ‘small’ technology projects Sustainabilityƒ
  • 19. 3 large technology projects........ Sustainabilityƒ
  • 20. Energy Monitoring System 138 sensors throughout the building Constantly recording energy usage of every electrical appliance 24 hours a day All data processing done in-house An invaluable tool for reducing consumption Sustainabilityƒ
  • 21. Typical daily usage Sustainabilityƒ
  • 22. The effect of cold weather Sustainabilityƒ
  • 23. The impact of an out of hours event Sustainabilityƒ
  • 24. Focusing in on exhibition consumption Sustainabilityƒ
  • 25. Base load when closed Sustainabilityƒ
  • 26. Sustainabilityƒ Photovoltaic array
  • 27. 50 kilowatt peak system 208 panels Large enough to power 11 UK households Providing 3.2% of our annual electricity use Meeting 20% of the building’s needs at peak performance Saving 25 tonnes of CO2 per year Currently performing 7.5% above predictions Funding grant from EDF Links to our educational programme Sustainabilityƒ
  • 28. Sustainabilityƒ LED car park lighting
  • 29. Sustainabilityƒ Stairwells: Compact fluorescents replaced with LED’s on lux level and motion control Decks: CDMTs replaced with bespoke LED’s designed to fit into existing fittings More consistent, brighter and cleaner lighting throughout (intensity = 196 lux, colour temperature = 4000K) Energy reduction of approximately 65% across the whole car park Saving 330 tonnes for carbon dioxide per year
  • 30. Behaviour & Technology Sustainabilityƒ
  • 31. Energy reduction plans for the future Lighting improvements in event spaces LED lighting roll out BMS optimisation Water reduction drive Replacing air source heat pumps, and whole system analysis Sustainabilityƒ
  • 32. Business benefits... Sustainabilityƒ
  • 33. Sustainabilityƒ Attracting more business and funding For example, green venue hire.........
  • 34. Mission benefits... Sustainabilityƒ
  • 35. Sustainabilityƒ Sustainability Engagement Incorporating sustainability into our mission to, ‘Make science accessible to all’ Using ƒ’s own sustainability journey as a case study to explore the larger issues Developing innovative ways to engage traditional and new audiences with sustainability science
  • 36. Sustainabilityƒ Formal Learning Workshops for school groups covering all stages of the curriculum Key Stage 2 'Green Schools Revolution LIVE' funded by The Co-operative Key Stage 2 'The Water Cycle' funded by Allianz Insurance PLC Key Stage 3 'Climate Science Outreach Project' funded by Shell and Siemens Key Stage 3 'Understanding Our World' funded by The Science & Technology Facilities Council Key Stage 3 ‘Create Sport’ funded by The Institution of Civil Engineers Key Stage 4 ‘Engineering Solutions for Sustainability' funded by Institution of Engineering & Technology
  • 37. Sustainabilityƒ Engineering Solutions for Sustainability The Earth as a closed system, limited resource Thinking about international energy demand
  • 38. Sustainabilityƒ Engineering Solutions for Sustainability Options for energy on a national scale Engineering solutions for wind power - Experimental design - Social and financial dimensions
  • 39. Sustainabilityƒ Engineering Solutions for Sustainability At-Bristol as a case study of a sustainable organisation Tours of our building technologies
  • 40. Higher Education Sustainability Internship Programme MSc Science Communication Sustainability Placement MSc Environmental Engineering Projects Building used as a resource for trainee teachers and environmental chemistry postgraduates Science teacher CPD (local, national and international with British Council) Sustainabilityƒ
  • 41. Informal Learning Events, activities and outreach for the public Sustainability experiments at Festival of Nature & Electric Sunday Sciencewise adult event debating renewable energy and the feed-in tariff and informing government policy Tours and talks (Schumacher Institute, University of Bristol, Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Forum for the Future) Sustainabilityƒ
  • 42. Informal Learning Green After Hours event – Bristopia! (part of Bristol’s Big Green Week 2013) Sustainabilityƒ
  • 43. Behind-the-scenes sustainable building tours Staff and volunteers – as training School groups ƒ members General public Bristol’s Big Green Week Bristol Doors Open Day University students British Interactive Group Trainee teachers Industry professionals Local sustainability groups Science Communication Master Class Journalists & media Venue Hire clients Film crew for primary school sustainability club Visiting delegation of Indian science teachers Film crew from Czech television science show Sustainabilityƒ
  • 44. Promoting our sustainability Sustainabilityƒ
  • 45. Bristol Green Capital “A low carbon city with a high quality of life for all” Sustainabilityƒ
  • 46. European Green Capital 2015 Sustainabilityƒ
  • 47. Chris Dunford Sustainability Engagement Manager 01179157184 / 07967334184 Questions or comments? Sustainabilityƒ