Seminar List for Facilities, Technology and Innovation

10:30 - 11:00

Combined Heat and Power

11:10 - 11:40

Compressing your Air Costs

Unlike other energy sources on site such as electricity and gas, compressed air is generated onsite by users. The opportunities to minimise waste and cost lie in two areas:

  • generation (compressing the ambient incoming air)
  • demand (consuming the compressed air)

The session will cover the usual low cost and good housekeeping measures of controls, reducing pressure generation, leak survey and repair, reviewing all compressed air applications (is compressed air the best method?). It will also cover choosing your supplier for an installation. Poor design and installation practices have adverse long-term consequences for energy consumption of a compressed air system, but also its safety, productivity, and product quality. Training staff and managers to understand the cost and environmental impact of this invisible resource yields improved practices and savings. Improvements in data collection allows for better measurement of consumption and therefore management of compressed air.

This talk will take a “system approach” to managing your compressed air resource to produce and use it as effectively as possible.


  • Roy BrooksRoy Brooks Technical Development Officer - British Compressed Air Society
12:30 - 13:00

Collaboration Delivers Innovative Energy and FM Savings at Harrogate & District NHS Trust


Imtech and Harrogate & District Hospital have recently unveiled a new Energy Centre, local plant rooms and enhanced site wide distribution systems across their site. This follows a programme of improvements to the mechanical and electrical infrastructure delivering guaranteed energy savings of over £15m in the next 25 years (approx. £635,000 per annum) including reduced maintenance costs over the same period. These measures directly benefit frontline care for the hospital.

Over the last 18 months Harrogate’s Estates team and Imtech’s Engineering Services team have been working within the Carbon Energy Fund (CEF) framework to identify, design and install numerous innovative improvements to the mechanical and electrical systems across the hospital, with the guaranteed savings from energy and the reduced maintenance costs providing financial and carbon benefits to the Trust.


  • Tim GrayTim Gray Senior Energy Engineer - Imtech
13:10 - 13:40

Energy Efficiency

13:50 - 14:20

Promoting Collaboration in Energy across the Organisation


How to drive efficiency and promote collaboration through the central management of data.


  • Ben Dhesi Managing Director - Pulse Business Energy
  • Simon Davey Environmental Manager - Freedom Leisure
14:30 - 15:00

Managing Your Total Energy Cost as an Outcome


Many organisations view their energy cost as a sum of their electricity and gas bills. They install energy management systems and energy efficiency products (point solutions) with the hope that they will reduce their spend by 8-10% per annum. In an average business environment, there are between 12-16 different types of adjacent cost heads which are often not factored into the total energy cost. These can invariably cause a creep in the costs, resulting in an increase of 8-10%. While point solution can give a short term perceived energy reduction, understanding the total cost and working with partners to cap the financial numbers over a 3 year horizon is an effective way to manage one's energy portfolio.
We at TATA Consultancy Services have managed to cap our total energy spend of close to £50 million per year for the last 3 consecutive years. This is while we have grown by over 20% year on year. During this session we will share with you, the systems, apps, methods and processes we have put into place to manage our portfolio and the portfolio of two of our customers in the UK.


  • Kanishka MisalKanishka Misal Head of Product - Energy Solutions - Tata Consultancy Services
15:10 - 15:40

IT Energy – the New Frontier for Opex Reduction


IT energy is often overlooked, yet frequently accounts for more than 30% of energy consumption in commercial buildings. While some new technologies and trends (eg co-lo and Cloud) will reduce in-house IT energy consumption; other technologies (eg digital signage, video conferencing and IoT) are countering this, and can lead to an unexpected increase in your energy use, costs and carbon emissions.

Energy Managers need simple and reliable tools for baselining, monitoring and reducing in-house ICT energy use, supporting their ongoing objectives of driving down Op Ex and delivering year-on-year savings.

New technologies are extending the frontiers of existing metering, and provide clear visibility of ICT energy usage and ways to reduce it.

In this presentation we will show how a prestigious retailer in the UK achieved visibility of their IT energy consumption (through the use of innovative IT energy management tools) and how this enabled their IT, Facilities and CSR teams to work together to achieve significant energy and cost reductions, and boost their environmental credentials.

As our appetite for IT grows, and new ‘energy hungry’ devices are introduced, Energy Managers need this information to see the whole picture on energy use, enabling them to contribute to the discussion around the true costs of digitisation – including energy consumption.


15:50 - 16:20

Case Studies: Reduce Energy Consumption of your Buildings’ HVAC

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The presentation looks at how leading organisations have significantly reduced the energy consumption of their existing HVAC equipment, by fitting EC fans and controls as well as improving the system design. The main case study will look at how a major UK airport achieved energy savings of 73%, additional case studies look at savings achieved for data centres and commercial buildings.

Details will be given on how the projects were managed and completed, and look at not only the energy savings but also the additional benefits offered to building managers such as improved control and monitoring, reduced noise, reduced maintenance, built in redundancy and extended product life.

Attendees will:
- Understand the important part HVAC equipment and the fans & controls used plays in delivering an energy efficient building, HVAC is one of the
main contributors to energy bills for most commercial buildings.

- Understand how upgrading your buildings' existing HVAC equipment can be a relatively simple task and offer excellent energy savings and ROI.

- Case studies demonstrate how leading companies are already benefiting from fitting high efficiency EC fans in their buildings HVAC equipment,
achieving energy savings of up to 73%.

- Learn how improvements to system design can deliver additional benefits including reduced noise, improved control, accurate power measurement and
predictive maintenance.


  • Karl LoweKarl Lowe Regional Service Manager West Europe - Munters
  • helen mchughHelen McHugh Head of New Product Research - ebm-papst UK Ltd
10:30 - 11:00

Avoiding Mis-Information when Assessing the Energy Saving Potential of Motor-Driven Applications in Buildings


In theory, undertaking an energy assessment of motor-driven applications should be straightforward. Identify the inefficient pump, fan or compressor, for example. Then by switching control to a variable speed drive (VSD) you can determine the energy, money and carbon saved, along with a payback.

In this presentation John Guthrie identifies three aspects of an energy assessment, which, if overlooked, can result in increased costs. These relate to the way energy consumption is calculated, the way the cube law is interpreted and wider considerations surrounding the actual installation.

For instance, when calculating how much energy a motor will use, what is often overlooked in that the actual load on the motor is less than its rating because of design oversizing, throttling and head.

The net result is that, not only is the existing energy usage overstated but so are the potential savings that can be achieved.

Also when installing a variable speed drive it is important to consider the “big picture”: is there sufficient physical space around the application to install the drive or is a special room or cabinet needed? Is a long cable needed between a motor and a VSD, and if so is it correctly sized and designed for EMC performance?

While the VSD itself will substantially lower your energy bill, it is important to avoid the pitfalls if surprise costs are to be avoided.


11:50 - 12:20

Demand Side Response

12:30 - 13:00

Optimising Buildings through BeMS Analytics


The presentation will focus on 'Superdry' who now have 26 stores connected to the Optimised Buildings Bureau managed service. During a 6 month pilot on 10 stores where the latest technology and integration had been deployed already, a further saving of 10% was achieved across a portfolio of buildings that were already considered to be 'optimised'. The pilot has now been extended to 26 stores and savings continue to grow through advanced analytics, monitoring and rectification. The presentation will be jointly delivered by Gary Bark(MD of Optimised Buildings) and Paul Thomas (Energy and Environment Manager at Supergroup plc).


  • Gary BarkGary Bark Managing Director - Optimised Buildings Ltd
  • Paul Thomas Energy & Environment Manager - SuperGroup Plc 
13:50 - 14:20

Submetering Systems & AMR – How to Ensure a Successful Outcome


The equipment to allow the automatic reading of meters of all types and utilities is well understood and continues to improve as technology marches forward, but that doesn’t mean that the implementation of a site-wide or business-wide metering system is necessarily straightforward. In fact as it becomes theoretically easier to read the meters themselves, building a successful, accurate and effective package can become more difficult. The more data that are delivered, the more important it is that the foundations of the system are sound.
Although the rules of engagement are much the same for all systems - both new build and retrofit, the most challenging are always the retrofits and this is where the presentation will concentrate, but it will remain relevant to all applications.
Like most structures, submetering and AMR packages are as good as their weakest link, and they have many links. Correctly delivered and used they are transformational in their impact on energy and carbon management, but relatively minor errors can have a big impact.

This presentation is aimed at ensuring systems are specified, delivered and utilised to provide fast payback and effective performance well into the future.


14:30 - 15:00

Is the ROI of Multi-Technology as Good as Desktop Analysis Suggests?


Many Energy Managers and Finance Directors engage with Energy Consultants to carry out surveys to reduce energy and spend across their businesses. LCS Energy Ltd installed energy monitoring devices at a Mercedes-Benz Dealership, part of the Jardine Motor Group to perform a similar audit. Following analysis of energy usage, a desktop analysis of suitable technology and change programs were introduced to reduce consumption on sites including ROI calculations. However, operation obstacles and business objectives are not always considered.

In this presentation, James Martin looks at the operational impact a business has with energy reduction and provides a real-life example of why the desktop ROI analysis alone may not provide the answers you are looking for. With the final project leading to an additional investment of over £500k of Energy Management Technologies by the client, James Martin of LCS will be joined at the end of the presentation by the customer, the Jardine Group Property Director, who will be fielding questions from the floor.

An insightful presentation for anyone responsible for managing energy across their business.


  • James Martin Business Development Director - LCS Energy Ltd
15:10 - 15:30

Case Study: Maximising the Total Value of your Demand-Side Flexibility

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Demand-side flexibility is an important part of Aggregate Industries overall sustainability strategy, helping the company to reduce costs, emissions, and carbon. Richard Eaton, Energy Manager at Aggregate Industries explains how new technology is enabling the company to coordinate assets across multiple sites and markets to maximise the value of their total flexibility.


15:35 - 15:55

Case Study: Operational Energy Reduction through Data Analysis & Virtual Benchmarking


In this session, IES will explore the use of digital building performance models during building operation to optimise performance and reduce “in use” energy consumption. To satisfy regulatory requirements (e.g. Part L/Section 6) a digital model is created during the design stage for practically all new commercial buildings, but often these regulatory compliance models under predict energy consumption by a large margin, known as “the Performance Gap”.

With additional effort, these compliance models can be enhanced by combining utility and BMS data with the 3D virtual model and undertaking a calibration exercise. This enhanced digital asset provides a much more realistic representation of building performance and energy consumption and can therefore play a valuable role in improving operation of the building and identifying opportunities for energy savings. New Parametric and Optimisation techniques are also playing a key role in reducing the time it takes to undertake model calibration.

During 2016, Barts Health NHS Trust – the largest NHS Trust in the UK - undertook an innovative project with IES to perform enhanced Energy Modelling and Building Management System (BMS) Data Analysis services for the Alex Wing, Dental Teaching Hospital within The Royal London Hospital.

The project aimed to take advantage of the existing BMS and extensive sub-metering infrastructure and utilised the latest advances in building performance modelling to deliver innovation in how the Trust approaches assessment of proposed Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs).

Through a combination of building data and advanced computer modelling, IES succeeded in creating a virtual benchmark of the building which comfortably meets the calibration thresholds for ASHRAE Guideline 14. The calibrated model was used to identify operational issues and assess potential Energy Improvement Strategies, with possible energy demand reductions of 22.5% for Gas and 30% for Electricity demonstrated.