Three council-owned buildings in Ealing – including the Town Hall – are undergoing major energy efficiency upgrades as part of an agreement between energy company E.ON and Ealing Council.
The improvements to three buildings; Ealing Town Hall, Perceval House and Greenford Hall, will see E.ON guarantee energy consumption savings of 29 per cent for the council.
The work will be carried out under an Energy Performance Contract that means E.ON will guarantee the energy savings through a series of energy efficiency improvements and investment in conservation measures.
As well as technical improvements to the efficiency of the heating and mechanical equipment, energy saving measures which will be installed in the three buildings by the end of June 2013 includes advanced boiler optimisation, new lighting control systems, and upgrades to the Building Management System and Air Handling Units.
These measures are expected to deliver carbon savings of 1,122 tonnes which translates to financial savings of £192,592 per year across all three buildings, based on current pricing levels.2
The installation of the new lighting control system at Perceval House will include motion sensors to control lights, daylight dimming and timing controls. Lights which may previously have been left on throughout the night, and visible from the street, will now be automatically switched off when the building is not in use.
Richard Scott, Head of Energy Efficiency, E.ON Connecting Energies, said:
“We are working with councils up and down the country to help them invest in the latest energy efficient technology; cutting energy bills and carbon emissions. No building – or solution – is ever the same but we can always help with simple things like energy efficiency advice right through to full-scale installation of high efficiency building services equipment, including energy management systems and on-site generation.
“This is just as important for businesses and public buildings as it is for the homes we live in. Through this project, Ealing Council can make substantial strides towards meeting its sustainability goals in a straightforward and financially viable way – reducing its energy costs and carbon footprint.”
Councillor Yvonne Johnson, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for finance and performance, said:
“We have a commitment not only to improve Ealing’s carbon footprint, but to set an example to our residents that we care about securing a more sustainable future for our buildings and city.
“Working with E.ON as part of Ealing’s sustainability commitment has saved us time and money, whilst guaranteeing the level of energy savings within a fixed budget.”
1Based on a reduction of 2,996,491 kWh against a baseline of 9,432,925 kWh.
2Based on a baseline of 3,771 tonnes CO2, based on an emission factor of 0.523kg CO2/kWh of electricity and 0.185kg CO2/kWh of gas.