The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour across individuals, companies, councils and communities.
We are pleased to announce that Carbon Credentials won the Bronze award for Environmental Best Practice with our project, Pilot Performance, in conjunction with BNP Paribas Real Estate.
Our nomination was for our Collaborative Asset Performance Programme (CAPP) at 100 Wood House and Almack Street, which are both managed by BNP Paribas Real Estate. Two members of our team, Senior Consultant Energy Engineer Andy Mazzucchelli and Consultant Oliver Light spearheaded the nomination application and our entry competed against more than 800 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for this category and were presented with our trophy and certificate at a ceremony hosted by Liz Kendall MP at the Houses of Parliament on November 12th, 2018.
The aim of the Pilot Performance Project was to develop a programmatic approach to checking the health of the buildings and optimising their energy and carbon performance. Innovate UK research found that on ‘average building emissions are 3.8 times higher than design estimate’, a difference known as the Performance Gap.
This process identifies opportunity that typical building management will not be able to identity through existing infrastructure. The implementation of the savings is driven through successful collaboration with the site team, tenants and contractors.
For the pilot BNP Paribas Real Estate identified two sites with older infrastructure, 100 Wood Street and Almack House, and potential to achieve significant energy savings through performance improvements. The CAPP was deployed in November 2017 to reduce energy use, costs and carbon emissions.
Initial identified savings were in excess of £150,000, representing an approximate 20% decrease in gas and electricity usage at the two properties.
The CO2e savings across both buildings is equivalent to emissions from 55 UK households.
To date our rigorous measurement and verification (M&V) process can quantify that over £60,000 has already been achieved.
How Carbon Credentials helped:
- Improved visibility and control of buildings.
- Reduced maintenance costs.
- Improved building comfort – reduced extreme temperatures
- Engaged with the tenants at Almack house and brought them up to speed with the programme.
The judges commented: “In a program of improving CHP plant control and contractor awareness, Carbon Credentials have worked with BNP Paribas Real Estate on two sites to try to reduce energy use. The 3 year project has already paid for itself in the first twelve months – achieving savings of over £150,000 and almost 700 tons of CO2.”
We are extremely proud of our partnership with BNP Paribas Real Estate and excited to see what future energy and cost savings will be achieved in the years to come.
How CAPP works:
Carbon Credentials will work in collaboration with site teams including, operations, facilities management and BMS maintenance providers to ensure that goals are achieved and savings are sustainable.
Programme success depends on both the optimisation of technology and the engagement of people, which is why regular engagement is a core part of the process, as detailed below.
If you would like to understand more about the Collaborative Asset Performance Programme (CAPP), download our Guide to Bridging the Energy Performance Gap or contact our performance team firstname.lastname@example.org