Energy Management

Energy efficiency and what does this mean to energy managers of commercial buildings.

As we are all aware the government is striving to reduce our national carbon foot print by 20% in time for 2020. This is called the carbon reduction commitment. As part of this commitment all companies must register with the relevant governing body or face a £5000 fine and £500 per day thereafter until the buildings energy figures are submitted.

This means that commercial properties are being asked to reduce their carbon emissions by 10% this problem has fallen to the building energy manager, and they have many options available to them.

Within this page we at 3G controls hope to give some guidance and information on how these potential savings can be made.

Did you know?

• That building energy consumption rises in the first year post completion by 25% against the initial design figures if the BMS and mechanical systems are not maintained!

• The overall building cost over a 30 year period is calculated as 25% for design and build and 75% for running costs over a 25 – 30 year period!

• The carbon trust will carry out a free site survey to public and private buildings spending over £50k per year on utility bills. They will provide an independent report of saving measures.

• The carbon trust will provide interest free loans at a rate of £1,000 per 1.5 Tons reduction in the building carbon footprint.

• The most sustainable energy within a building is energy saved!


Possible Solutions to reduce carbon emissions

Renewable energy

Air / water heat pumps

Building Insulation

BMS Controls

Efficient lighting

Ground source heating

High efficiency boilers (condensing)

Installation of biomass boilers

Photo voltaic Electricity

Solar thermal Energy

Wind turbine


Carbon trust is aimed at the private sector

The Salix fund is specifically for the public sector market.

At 3G controls we can assist and guide you through this process many upgrades can be achieved via the carbon trust loans. This can result in mechanical / electrical upgrades being carried out and the cost savings returned on the energy bills paying for the initial works.