The sustainable campus: are you hitting your carbon reduction targets?

With AUDE highlighting a three-year-long reduction in maintenance spend, how can facility managers and directors of estates focus their efforts on carbon reduction?

Recently, student numbers have risen, despite there being fewer UK people of the right age to go to university. From 2021, the number of UK 18-year-olds available to enter university will begin to grow for the first time in a decade. This will result in greater demand on student accommodation, building space optimisation and carbon use.

With Greta Thunberg being named Time person of the year 2019, it is clear that the younger generation are driven by sustainability. Indeed, Green Credentials are the second influencing factor in choice of university (after course availability). This puts increasing pressure on universities to demonstrate commitment to reducing their environmental impact.

Many universities are developing their own environmental accreditation schemes, to track progress against sustainability targets, or signing up to external schemes such as the Green Level Awards or LEAF.

Reducing energy consumption across your campus

Buildings account for nearly 40% of global energy-related CO² emissions. University campuses present operational challenges, with a diverse building stock of different ages, usage and location.

An effective campus-wide tool for building operation is critical, for effective carbon management. Directors of estates and facility managers need the means to capture the data to be able to measure and reduce energy use. But it is not just about energy usage at a billing level.

Carbon management strategies

By measuring gas, electricity and water at individual building level, a wealth of new data becomes available. By incorporating operational data with energy data, each building can be profiled, identifying operational and energy reduction opportunities.

The benefit of adding real-time occupancy data and statistics into the performance model means faculties also have the potential for dynamic space allocation. This means you can avoid the heating and lighting of large lecture theatres occupied by a few students.

Matching the size of the lecture space to actual attendees prevents energy wastage.

Bournemouth University – Case Study

Next Control Systems, sister brand to AXON, designed and installed an updated building control system. This brought immediate savings observed at a billing level. Yet Bournemouth University sought greater granularity to enable a more strategic approach.

This is where AXON was able to help with their building performance platform. Rolled out rapidly across the whole Bournemouth estate, AXON was incorporated into the existing infrastructure. The dashboards integrate operational data with energy data.

With AXON, Bournemouth University is able to profile each building, to identify operational cost and energy reduction opportunities.

With this granular data, it can optimise individual buildings in order to generate incremental savings and a positive ROI across the estate.

The next implementation of AXON will be in public areas to build engagement with the student population and university staff and to encourage and reinforce behavioural change to create a more carbon-aware culture.

Gathering meaningful building data campus-wide

The AXON platform gathers big building data to provide visualisations of actual operation including reporting on energy, consumption, lighting, environment and occupancy, for estate performance analytics at all levels.

Being technology independent, AXON can integrate disparate data streams from the technologies already installed within your campus estate, thereby enabling you to deliver better, smarter buildings today.

If you wish to take a more informed approach to your building management, then please approach the AXON team to learn more.

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