Nottingham Uni BMS upgrade
Published: 22 January 2020 - Carly Wills
Schneider Electric is helping to power the University of Nottingham, now that the company’s EcoStruxure Building solution oversees the university’s building management, optimising every operation.
The system plays a pivotal role in reducing energy consumption and expenditure, while also enabling departments to drive greater cost savings through a better understanding of energy through a single platform. As a result, the university is seeing a five per cent reduction to energy consumption and a three per cent reduction on overall energy costs in areas where EcoStruxure has been deployed.
The inherent usability and transparency of the new system has also driven other operational savings. Maintenance costs have been reduced by 25 per cent, while workplace safety and comfort costs have also dropped by 25 per cent.
The greatest benefits, however, are best seen outside of pure operational efficiency. In line with the university’s goal to slash its CO2 footprint, the Schneider Electric EcoStruxure solution has enabled it to improve its control of renewable technology by 75 per cent and drastically reduce emissions. Occupant comfort has also been vastly upgraded – overall control of the building is up 70 per cent, while temperature control is at 50 per cent.
Overall, with all the improvements made to the system the project will have effectively paid for itself within seven to ten years.
Andy Nolan, sustainability director at the University of Nottingham, said: “The EcoStruxure architecture has helped us revolutionise how we manage the estate. It has improved every aspect of operations, from on-site energy efficiency, cybersecurity to comfort optimisation. We are already looking to expand our usage into EcoStruxure Building Advisor.”
Simon King, account manager, University of Nottingham at Schneider Electric, added: “We have implemented a transparent but effective system at the University that works across a very complex site with multiple applications and facilities, all of different ages with different architectures. Our EcoStruxure platform aims to give users complete visibility into operations and empowers them to intervene effectively to drive improvements and efficiencies.”