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Technical Updates

19th July 2019

An overview

The design of any building whether it be commercial, residential or educational, is a complex task; the risk of overheating is a prime factor and must be considered early on in the design stage. There are many elements that can influence overheating risk such as glazing thermal properties, the thermal mass of the building, the availability of opening windows and building air tightness.

15th April 2019

What is the difference between ESOS & SECR?

About ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme)

ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet qualification criteria, the scheme is administered by the Environment Agency. 

Organisations that qualify must complete assessment every 4 years, the assessments are audits of the energy used by the building, industrial processes and transport to identify cost effective energy saving measures.

12th April 2019

About SECR

SECR has now replaced the previous CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and it will affect nearly 12,000 UK businesses ranging from high street stores to large manufacturers.

Starting from when?

Starting from 1st April 2019, businesses that fall within threshold will need to report annually on energy use and carbon emissions alongside the Director’s report filed with Companies House.

Who needs to comply?

There are four types of companies that fall within threshold:

8th January 2019

The deadline for Phase 1 of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme has passed, but now is the time to think about Phase 2.

Not all organisations were in Phase 1 of ESOS. This is because they did not meet the threshold criteria in either turnover or the number of employees. As ESOS looks at a two-year period of accounting, due to real and anticipated growth, many organisations will fall into Phase 2.

30th November 2018

As the colder months set in, follow these tips from Low Energy Consultancy to save energy and money over the Winter period.

  • Open your curtains during the day and make the most of the heat from the sun.
  • Cover up drafty windows with plastic sheets and tape to keep the cold air out.
  • Schedule a service for your heating system to keep it running efficiently.
  • Reduce heat loss from your fireplace by keeping it covered when not in use.
  • Swap your old Christmas lights for energy saving LED’s.
14th November 2018

Hire an environmental consultant (LEC for example) to get a tailor made view of where to achieve energy savings in your property.

7th November 2018

This week we are looking at ways you can save energy whilst at work. Here are 3 tips that could help reduce waste and save energy.

31st October 2018

Don't position thermostats near main entrances - any cold air entering the property will manipulate the temperature being recorded near the thermostat forcing the boiler to fire up unnecessarily.

24th October 2018
Switch to Energy Sving LED light bulbs

This week our Energy Saving Tip is to make the switch to LED light bulbs. The average home has around 40 light sockets and by changing the bulbs you use you can make significant savings.

LED light bulbs have a 25,000 hour lifespan and they produce less heat. You could save £25 a year per bulb!

3rd October 2018

Since the ban on incandescent lightbulbs in 2012, the way we shop for lightbulbs has changed. As low-wattage, energy efficient light bulbs like CFL’s and LED’s have become the norm, the focus has become less on wattage alone.

With energy efficient bulbs, lumens are a more accurate measurement to determine how bright the light will be. The table below shows the comparisons between lumens and watts for different bulb types.