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Buildings energy efficiency

Learn how improving building fabric, upgrading insulation and installing appropriate controls can save you money and help cut carbon emissions.

Energy loss from a typical building

Around 60% of office heat is lost through the building fabric. Our report into Building controls (CTV032) examines how installing and correctly operating technology that centrally operates heating, ventilation, cooling and lighting can reduce energy costs.

It recommends:

  • Incorporating an intelligent, computer-based energy-management system.
  • Ensuring control systems are set correctly for different weather conditions and occupancy levels.
  • Installing variable-speed drives to ensure pumps and fans only operate at the speeds necessary to meet demand.

Building Controls - Green Business Fund Technology Webinar

The below webinar for small businesses introduces those interested in learning more about effective building controls – to the main energy saving opportunities around HVAC, Lighting, Manufacturing Systems and Motors and Drives. It alsos demonstrate how simple actions can save energy and cut costs and increase comfort for building occupants.

Webinar recorded 23 May 2017

Further guidance

The following publications are available for free download:

 Information in these guides was correct at the time of publication


Energy efficiency support

Looking to save energy and cut carbon? You may be interested in the following services:

  • Housing services for public and private sector clients - We work with local authorities and social landlords to upgrade their housing stock and tackle fuel poverty. We can support property developers, contractors and suppliers in their delivery of resource efficient housing and communities.
  • Financing and implementation support for organisations seeking to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology.
  • Green Business Directory listing Carbon Trust Accredited Suppliers of energy efficient and renewable energy technology

Read more on our services.

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