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Sustainability changes could reap big savings for the NHS

by Hollie Cowan

An NHS Property Services sustainability project in the Midlands and East has found that simple changes can lead to big savings in energy costs.

The project saw 16 buildings with a Display Energy Certificate rating of G or lower surveyed across the region to identify how their energy performance could be improved.

The surveys found that running costs could be cut by implementing simple energy saving measures (ESMs) – including ensuring controls on heating and cooling systems are working well and being used correctly and that thermal insulation was effective.

It was also found that more extensive improvements, including upgrading lighting and boilers and installing solar panels could cut carbon emissions significantly and reduce running costs further.

The project was facilitated by Faithful+Gould, Surveyors, and CJR Environmental Consultants/ Consulting Engineers.

The project also recognised that the behaviour of building users has a significant impact on energy use. The ESMs will therefore be complemented by training for NHSPS colleagues.

The next stage of the project will see further work undertaken on five of the buildings, including feasibility studies, live testing and validation.

The 16 sites surveyed were St. Margaret’s Hospital in Essex, Saffron Walden Community Hospital and Uppingham Road Health Centre in Leicester, Beccles, District War Memorial and Aldeburgh Community Hospital in Suffolk, Scarsdale Hospital in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Jubilee House in Walsall, Weston Favell Primary Care Centre and the Former PCT Headquarters in Northamptonshire, Victoria Medical Centre in Smethwick, Kingsway Health Centre in Luton, Fosse House in Leicester, Rivergate Primary Care Centre in Peterborough, Old Basford Health Centre in Nottingham and the Revive Healthy Living Centre in Derby.