Energy Audits & Assessments
An audit of the building can tell exactly where energy is being used and if it is being used efficiently. One of our engineers can take a walk through of your building, checking light fixtures, vents and air-conditioning among other things to develop a robust audit of the businesses energy usage. Assessment of electricity and gas bills will tell our engineers, how much your current system is costing you and your business. A rough calculation can then be drawn up based on recommended actions to give your expected annual savings.
Brown Thomas, Dublin
An energy audit of the Brown Thomas Group stores throughout Ireland as part of SI 426 compliance along with the development of a register of opportunities which was developed into a sustainability roadmap to reduce its energy and carbon footprint long term.
Green Energy Solutions identified energy saving opportunities which would result in annual energy cost savings of €1M resulting in a payback of just under 3 years. We developed a sustainable development strategy for the Group which encompassed energy and water conservation, waste disposal and recycling, and renewable energy technologies.
Green Energy Solutions is also acting as the ‘Energy Efficient Design (EED)’ expert as the Group is applying for ‘Excellence in Energy Efficient Design’ (EXEED) certification from the SEAI at its four city centre stores, including its flagship store in Grafton St, Dublin.
Green Energy Solutions were hired by Musgraves to carry out an assessment of the current building. The first and second floor had originally been built for separate purposes, however over time and as the second floor remained dormant, SuperValu began using the space as storage. The assessment would help Musgraves decide whether to return to the original plan of the split building or leave the second floor to SuperValu as a permanent stock room.
Th report showed that the plant and machinery internally, although old were still in good condition but very outdated and not very efficient. The plant and machinery to the exterior of the building was 10+ years old and in very bad condition. This is mainly due to wear and tear which was mostly unpreventable.
The ESB substation which would be used to power the whole building was situated on the first floor. It was considered that if the first floor was to be privately let like originally planned, there may be some confusion as regarding access to the substation for SuperValu. If the first floor was to be let out, the comms room containing CCTV, the public address system and the sub distribution board would require relocating. Although it would be possible to relocate all functions within the room, Green Energy Solutions advised against it due to the large associated cost and the distribution that would be caused to tills, CCTV and the intruder alarm system which may be putting SuperValu at unnesecary risk.
SEAI Schools Audit
Green Energy Solutions have been involved in numerous SEAI programmes in relation to schools. Our engineers have held workshops for school staff and management with the SEAI Energy in Education and the SEAI Monitoring & Reporting system. Recently GES on behalf of the SEAI, performed in the programme ‘School Energy Efficiency Upgrade Pilot Programme’ were energy audits and efficiency upgrades on 9 of the 19 schools nationwide selected for the pilot programme.
Based on the results of the pilot programme, it will be determined which of the schools are in most need of energy upgrades and appropriate funding will be allocated.
In order to benefit this funding allocation, the energy audits carried out by our engineers required a cost analysis to be performed on all the works for the schools.. The reports involved communication with a school allocated energy champion, bills analysis, opportunities register, energy breakdown, building survey, next steps, energy targets (M&R Reporting) and finally recommendations based on the cost analysis.
Outcomes: A valuable exercise for both the schools and our engineers. These reports will form the foundation of energy upgrade works for each school in the future.