Leading by example

The HVCA and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) are implementing a series of energy-saving initiatives designed to improve the carbon footprint of Esca House, their jointly-owned head office in Bayswater, West London.
This initiative follows the involvement of both associations in the 100 Days of Carbon Clean Up campaign, which was launched last year by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by between 10% and 15%.

Energy-saving measures already introduced at Esca House include:

• A custom-built mechanical services panel to control boilers, pumps, fans and valves.

• High-frequency light fittings in the general office space, and motion detectors that automatically switch off lights when corridors and toilet areas are unoccupied.

• Programmable thermostats that turn off the HVAC system when the premises are not in use, and timers on coffee machines to ensure operation during office hours only.

Other measures currently being planned and/or implemented include the installation of:

• Further secondary glazing to reduce solar gain and heat loss in areas not currently covered.

• Extra insulation for ceilings, cavity walls, water heaters and supply pipes.

• Optical light sensors in perimeter offices.

• IT equipment with enhanced energy performance.

“Our recently-published Agenda for Action on Sustainability aims to position our members to gain commercial advantage by being recognised as experts in zero carbon technologies,” commented HVCA Chief Executive Robert Higgs OBE.

“It is appropriate, therefore, that we should – quite literally – put our own house in order, and so be in a position to lead by example.”

Mr Higgs added that HVCA and ECA would continue to work together to develop and promote the crucial contribution of the building services engineering sector to the international sustainability and climate change challenge.

ECA Director David Pollock confirmed that reducing energy consumption was an important element in his organisation’s wider sustainability agenda. “It is part of our ongoing commitment to assist our members with environmental management issues. We look forward to making substantial progress in this area, in active partnership with the HVCA. Together, we can ensure that our members take the lead in providing sustainable solutions in our sector.

“It is only right, therefore, that staff at ESCA House contribute to energy saving to ensure that we have a greener workplace, both now and in the long term.”

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