Benefiting from a Display Energy Certificate

CIBSE Awards
Recommendations accompanying the Display Energy Certificate prepared by Andrew Gardner for the Sheffield Park Hotel offer the potential to achieve a better next certificate.

When the energy consumption of a building is analysed to prepare a Display Energy Certificate, recommendations to reduce energy consumption in the future are made. A host of recommendations were made by low-carbon energy assessor Andrew Gardner of CCL Consulting for the Sheffield Park Hotel, winning for him one of the CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Awards.

So what recommendations might accompany a DEC? This winning entry include the following.

• Introducing variable-speed drives.
• Engaging with building users to reduce the energy consumed by equipment.
• Reducing the use of hot water.
• Key-card control for lights and air conditioning in function rooms. 
• A kitchen energy plan.

The kitchen energy plan gave the client an immediate energy tool with which to educate staff on energy usage and reduction. The plan identified equipment with a high energy use and made clear to staff the financial cost and CO2 emissions. A simple traffic-light colour code identified items with high energy costs and emissions.

For example, staff were made aware that switching on the deep-fat fryer an hour earlier than required would cost £5.32 and emit over 23 kg of CO2. This knowledge led to staff switching off such equipment when not required and switch them on only when required.

Related articles:



modbs tv logo

LG supports fast-moving WeWork project

How LG Air Conditioning helped WeWork London achieve a fast project with great results.

Why we need an Office of Construction

Rudi Klein, chief executive of the SEC Group shares his vision of why we need an Office of Construction to help bring about much-needed change.

Calendar