Carbon offset fund pays for school LED upgrade

A LONDON primary school is on track to significantly reduce its annual energy use following an upgrade to LED lighting financed by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ Carbon Offset Fund.

This upgrade included both internal and external lighting for the whole school and the LED retrofit tubes, LED linear fittings, LED panels, LED wall lights, emergency light fittings, LED flood lights and outdoor wall lights were all provided from Energys Group’s range

Lansbury Lawrence Primary School in the Poplar area of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is a Grade II listed building; built in 1949. it was showcased as part of the Live Architecture exhibition in the 1951 Festival of Britain. Today the school has 500 pupils aged between 3 and 11 years old and has been rated as consistently Good  by Ofsted since 2013.

The school was designed to provide open spaces for learning with large windows to maximise levels of natural light and, nearly 70 years later, students are still benefiting from its modernist design.

Nevertheless, utility bills are a major overhead for the school, following behind salary and PFI costs. With running costs increasing by 5-10% a year – in a climate of falling income – there was real pressure on the school’s management team to identify ways to make operational savings.

Sensibly, the school had invested in new housing and diffusers for its lighting a few years ago. As such, it appeared that a straightforward bulk retrofit of LED lighting would be all that was needed to make a real impact on its energy bills.

While the school can call upon its PFI contract for standard maintenance work, an upgrade of this scale fell outside the scope of that arrangement. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets set up the Carbon Offset Fund to support projects like this; thereby providing grant funding for eligible projects.

Saleh Ahmed, School Business Manager at Lansbury Lawrence, prepared a tender document to identify the right supplier for this project and selected Energys Group from a shortlist of four organisations. As he says, ‘Energys Group provided the right mix of cost-competitiveness and quality within their tender response and we were particularly pleased to see their commitment to post-installation aftercare.'

  The London Borough of Tower Hamlets supports schools in the borough to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon emissions through a number of projects which are funded by its Carbon Offset Fund.

The team at Lansbury Lawrence had explored the potential for financial support with Energy Managers at the Local Authority and then presented a detailed business case to them for financial support of £27,600 for this project.

Saleh Ahmed says; ‘There is no doubt that without this type of support from Tower Hamlets we wouldn’t have been able to entertain a project of this scale. We were so delighted when we were given the green light to proceed.’

This upgrade included both internal and external lighting for the whole school and the LED retrofit tubes, LED linear fittings, LED panels, LED wall lights, emergency light fittings, LED flood lights and outdoor wall lights were all provided from Energys Group’s range and all come with a five-year guarantee.

Energys Group estimated that the project would take two weeks to complete. To minimise disruption to teaching schedules, the team undertook to deliver the main part of the work during the Whitsun half-term and completed the rest of the works during evenings. The project was completed with a couple of days to spare.

The project cost £27,600 and is estimated to achieve annual savings in the region of £8,800, with a total kWh consumption saving of 80,344

The estimated carbon reduction is 30 tonnes of CO2/pa with a lifetime carbon savings of 400 tonnes. Return on investment is predicted to be within 3.2 years.

 

  • Learn more about lighting for education at the LuxLive 2019 exhibition. The show takes place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2018 at ExCeL London. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.

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