Building energy performance

Energy reporting system

The Energy Team monitors energy consumption across WCC’s corporate estate including: offices libraries, museums, depots, business unit communal areas and country parks.

An Energy Reporting System includes SystemsLink Monitoring & Targeting Software which can be accessed through the Atlas Web Pages by WCC staff.

Through this system, WCC has quantified past and present energy consumption and CO2 emissions resulting from energy consumption in WCC buildings.

The energy reporting system covers fossil fuel (gas) and electricity used for space heating, hot water, cooling & ventilation, lighting, catering and office equipment used within WCC buildings.

The energy reporting system excludes:

  • Schools
  • Rural Estates buildings (i.e. agricultural buildings / tenanted farm houses)
  • Country Parks buildings with the exception of WCC offices
  • Fuel used for transport by WCC fleet and grey vehicle fleet (business miles traveled)
  • Buildings where a landlord other than WCC pays the energy bill
  • Energy used by people working from home
  • Staff commuting
  • Contracted transport and privately owned school vehicles
  • Energy associated with water consumption
  • Up to date consumption data from academies.

Performance indicators and benchmarks reported in the annual building energy consumption review include:

  • kWh
  • tonnes CO2 emissions/£million gross revenue expenditure
  • kWh / m2
  • £/m2

Building efficiency

Our buildings offer a wide range of services and therefore require different kinds of premises. Buildings are vastly different in size, form and age; some are older, refurbished properties while others are purpose built. Such features impact on energy use and on opportunities for energy saving.

Several infrastructural improvements and behavioral change initiatives have been undertaken since 2003/4 to reduce our carbon emissions, such as:

  • Valve insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Cavity Wall insulation
  • Draught Proofing
  • Zone controls
  • New boilers
  • Eco Cooling
  • Direct gas fired radiators
  • Biomass boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Voltage optimisation
  • Secondary glazing
  • Smart metering
  • Thermostatic radiator valves
  • Lighting replacements
  • Heating controls
  • Replacing steriliser sinks with dishwashers
  • LED lighting
  • Photovoltaics (PV)
  • Building energy management system controls.

The corporate Salix Energy Efficiency Fund was repaid when no further projects were able to be identified that met the strict criteria. Projects are now funded through maintenance and capital budgets and Prudential funding.

Nearly all buildings, including all schools are connected to the building energy management system managed by Construction Services Engineers which controls the heating systems.

Case studies on heating and lighting schemes for several properties are being developed (April 2016) and will be published on this web page.

Building energy consumption review

This publication reports on activities undertaken by WCC’s Energy Team and energy consumption for every building in WCC’s property portfolio. The data was gathered for reporting on the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) and formed part of the required CRC Evidence Pack.

Building energy performance was last updated on July 18, 2018.