University wins funding for design of energy efficient RUSU refurbishment

We have successfully been awarded funding by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB)’s Innovative Refurbishment Programme for energy efficiency improvements in the Students’ Union (RUSU). 

Our bid was a joint effort in partnership with Carnego Systems Ltd, LCMB Ltd and Nottingham Trent University, with a focus on energy reductions through intelligent building controls and performance software, combined with engagement of building users.

Initially, we have secured funding for a design and evaluation phase, alongside receiviRUSUng advice from TSB on how to better optimise the existing building controls.  We will be working hard to develop a full design proposal during the coming phase for further approval by TSB, in order to implement some exciting improvements for RUSU’s energy make over.

 The bid has been a combined collaboration between the Estates & Facilities Department and the School of Construction Management and Engineering.  It will provide a great opportunity for the University to showcase its carbon reduction credentials and has been supported by the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE).

Read more about green initiatives at the University – http://www.reading.ac.uk/cleanandgreen/

Updated Carbon Management Plan

In our first year of our 35% carbon reduction target, we achieved a 10% reduction in our carbon emissions, through investing in range of energy saving technologies from insulation to solar panels, and through running a series of behavioural change initiatives.  You can read a more detailed analysis of our achievements to date, along with details of the projects we’ve got lined up in the coming year, in our Carbon Management Update.

We will be bringing you news of our further progress to the end of 2011/12 in the coming weeks.

HumSS and URS Flat Roof Insulation

On Tuesday July 24, a new roof for the HumSS tower was lifted into place. The replacement of the roof has given us a golden opportunity to install roof insulation to current new building standards. Significant amounts of energy can be saved by reducing heat loss from poorly insulated buildings. This installation, along with the window draught proofing that is almost complete in the whole building (HumSS has a lot of windows!) and planned cavity wall insulation, will contribute to significantly improving the insulation of the HumSS building. Similar roof insulation is also currently being installed in the URS building, and together the roof insulation and draught proofing is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of the two buildings by 136 tonnes of CO2 per year and save the university over £20,000 per year.