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Mayor of London's retrofit project at Woodside School provides over £13k savings on energy bills

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 14, 2016 | Sustainability

Woodside School in Croydon, London has successfully reduced both its capital expenditure and carbon footprint following the installation of a range of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs). The school has achieved this through the award- winning Mayor of London’s RE:FIT Framework and is consequently benefiting from a guaranteed reduction in energy usage. 

RE:FIT is a programme that helps to make London’s non-domestic public buildings and assets more energy-efficient through retrofit projects. The programme is jointly funded by the Mayor and the European Union European Regional Development Fund, helping to achieve the Mayor‘s ambitious target to cut emissions in the capital by 60% by 2025.

The school governors signed a contract with Mitie in May 2014 and the works started at the end of June. Works were undertaken with care and attention not to disrupt school activities. The fast-track programme allowed the works to complete in early August 2014 in time for the new school year.

The energy conservation measures implemented at Woodside School include:

  • Replacement of existing lighting with high efficiency LED lamps
  • Installation of 300mm loft installation
  • Linking three plant rooms on a Local Area Network (LAN) to enable heating control review and optimisation by the Premises Manager.
  • Installation of Savawatt motor controls on fridges and freezers to improve efficiency
  • Insulation of exposed pipework, valves, pumps and flanges in plant rooms

The work has resulted in a £13,605 reduction on energy bills, along with 72 tonnes of CO2 annually, with an average payback period of eight years. The savings contribute towards the carbon management and efficiency strategy of the school. As such, the RE:FIT programme is recognised as a significant contributor towards its medium and long-term targets. 

Headteacher Claire Howarth

Claire Howarth, headteacher, said: “What seemed to be quite a daunting project has moved forward quickly and efficiently thanks to the dedication and perseverance of the RE:FIT and Mitie teams. The installations went smoothly and any problems were overcome quickly. We are now looking forward to reaping the benefits of our investment. A big thank you to all involved.”

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