After reducing demand for energy and improving energy efficiency, the use of harmful fossil fuels can next best be reduced by switching to energy generated from renewable resources, such as the wind, sun and energy crops. Nottinghamshire County Council is a pioneer in the use of wood fuel, and has more than 60 of its sites, many of them schools, heated by boilers using wood pellets. Its Woodheat project is saving around 6,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year, saving £72,000 in avoided carbon costs. A specific learning resource for schools, aimed at key stages 2-3, has been developed to support the Woodheat project.
Read a case study on Greenwood Primary School who have had solar panels installed on the roof.
The Council is also involved in the installation of solar panels and some other renewable energy technologies at a number of sites around the county.
Display Energy Certificates
Display Energy Certificates are a legal requirement for public buildings, including schools, over a certain floor area in size (currently over 1,000m2). The certificates, which need to be displayed in a prominent place and have an A to G rating like many domestic electrical appliances, help building users and the public see how the building is performing, based on its energy consumption.
Schools are able to take advantage of our contract for the provision of DECs and advisory reports for Council buildings under a comprehensive participation agreement, which provides value for money and ensures legal compliance.
As well as dealing with energy, the energy and carbon management team is also involved in helping to reduce water consumption in Council buildings and schools. Contact us to see how we can help your school.
Sustainable Developer Guide
The Sustainable Developer Guide is intended as a useful resource for anyone involved in the development process. Its main focus is on planning and design, but it also offers advice about the construction and maintenance of buildings and considers how the wider impacts of development can be managed (for example waste and transport issues).
The main role of this Guide is to inform and inspire developers, householders and their advisers, and to demonstrate that more sustainable choices, which respect the environment and take a long-term perspective, are within their reach.