Northumbria University had three buildings in their city campus that weren’t performing well, with energy consumption and carbon emissions higher than they could be – old lighting, lack of light output, lack of controls and inadequate and poorly performing ventilation and cooling. Together these made for a poor student experience in the library, Squires Annexe and Squires Workshops.

Over a six month period we carried out detailed surveys of the way energy was being used in the buildings, which allowed us to calculate where and how energy savings could be achieved through new lighting ventilation and cooling equipment, and control strategies. The majority of the retrofit was carried out during the university's summer break, including:

LED lighting saves money and improves student experience

Energy performance guarantees money and carbon savings

Robertson signed a performance contract for the project, guaranteeing minimum carbon emissions and monetary savings of £75,000 per year.

We have to reduce our carbon by 32% by 2020, and it looks like we are actually going to hit our target two years early, and this is going to be one of the projects that will help us achieve that.

– Keith Slater, Carbon Manager, Northumbria University

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