Energys Group energy projects shortlisted in prestigious ECA Awards

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The team at Energys Group is celebrating its shortlisting in the prestigious ECA Award in the category ‘Best Energy Solutions project’ for two separate projects, one carried out for BT plc, and the other for Ormiston & Brooke Weston Multi-Academy Trust group. Both projects have delivered solid and substantial energy savings across multiple buildings and sites, and without disruption to their operations.

Since its foundation in 1901, the ECA (Electrical Contractors’ Association) has been leading and influencing the UK’s electrotechnical and engineering services industry, representing the interests of contractors who design, install, inspect, test and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and services. Its annual awards champion excellence in electrical contracting, and are highly sought-after.

Energys Group is on an elite list of 26 businesses recognised for their outstanding performance and achievements in the last year, with categories including ‘Contractor of the Year’, ‘Best Energy Solutions Project’ and ‘Excellence in Training and Development’.

An independent panel of judges was convened in April to consider all entries and compile the shortlist. Adjudicator and ECA Director of Member Services Helen Atkinson commented: “The number and quality of entries this year was impressive; whittling down the shortlist was no easy task. I would like to congratulate all the nominees, and also thank this year’s entrants for the significant time and effort they put into their award entries. I’m very much looking forward to meeting many of these organisations at our industry-leading Awards Dinner ceremony in June where the winners will be announced.”

Energys Group Managing Director, Kevin Cox says, “We are pleased to have been recognised by our peers, with both our entries being highly rated as projects that are not just delivering excellent energy savings, but doing so in a way that is recognised as of the highest quality.

“Energys is trusted by government, utilities and private-sector clients to deliver large-scale energy efficiencies in the built environment; and these projects are proof of our ability to do so on big schemes for major corporations and educational groups.

“We’re looking forward to the Awards event evening, to celebrating our work and enjoying the opportunity the event provides to connect with and share insights with our colleagues and peers.”

Talk to the Energys team today about how we can help you save energy:  01403 786 212.

Energys Group and Impact Solutions formalise their business relationship – introducing Energys Ireland

Exciting development just the start of a whole new chapter for Energys Group in Ireland

Energys Group, the UK’s leading supplier and installer of retrofit low-carbon technologies to major projects for Public Sector agencies, including NHS, MOD and DfE, has today (2nd May) announced that long-term partner Impact Solutions has now joined the group to form Energys Ireland.

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Ian O’Driscoll.

Ian O’Driscoll of Impact Solutions confirmed the news, saying: “We have been working closely with Energys Group for the past 10 years, helping to launch their innovative suite of New Vision LED products and services in Ireland.

“The mutual decision to become part of the Energys Group family directly will enable us to be even more competitive, and to drive growth in the exciting Irish market.”

Ian was a Senior Sales Engineer with Molex Interconnect prior to starting Impact Solutions with Jim Mulcahy over ten years’ ago where the pair first represented Energys Group in Ireland on the innovative ‘Save it Easy’ range.

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Kevin Cox.

Kevin Cox, MD of Energys Group, also confirming the news: “We are delighted to announce the news and also excited at the prospects for Energys Ireland.

We have built a close relationship with Impact Solutions and this is the logical next step for both businesses.

It enables Energys Group to have a corporate presence in Ireland and gives the Impact Solutions  team access to the full range of support the Energys Group offers.”

Energy saving technologies for colleges: Why efficient heat and light make for sustainable education too

Right now, the Conservatives are launching reviews into the costs and expenses of the UK university system.

This makes it a very apt moment to remind ourselves how the most energy efficient technologies can save vast amounts of cash across our education hierarchies; cash that if correctly leveraged could potentially help lower the burdens of funding education.

Sensing these benefits, but also the overarching sustainability and CSR wins offered by efficient kit, Public Sector Build Journal (PSBJ) has recently examined the positives of Energys work in London’s BSIX Sixth Form College.

What’s the story, and does it shine a light on wider options for enabling efficiency across our teaching estates nationally?

Top line savings

PSBJ begins by highlighting the key numbers; LED lighting and dynamic boiler controls supplied by Energys at the East London College are predicted to deliver some £25,000 of annual energy savings.

This figure of course does not mention CO2 benefits; the boiler optimisation work alone will offer 28.66 tonnes per year of carbon savings, great for the environment but also for the college’s ongoing carbon reduction work.

In anyone’s book that £25,000 represents serious cash; the figure is a telling reminder that within an environment where UK teaching remains fundamentally pressured when it comes to cash, it’s simple to achieve both financial and CO2 wins that can offer up money to support teaching in other ways.

Bob Herring, Premises Manager of BSIX College, spoke regarding the economics and the positives of the work carried out by Energys.

“We realised that with the latest boiler control and LED lighting systems we could achieve a dramatic reduction in our energy costs,” he comments.

“We wanted to achieve a greener, more carbon efficient college. Thanks to the collaboration with Energys that has been possible; and all in a mere three weeks of work that had very minimal impact on the day to day activities of the school.”

More handy cash on hand

In terms of lighting, return on investment for this project is set at four years, while the return period for the total investment will be around two years. Remember, after this, the installation starts making money for the college.

“We’re delighted with the work that has taken place at BSIX.” comments Kevin Cox, Managing Director, Energys.

“Clearly, this is a sixth form college and not a university. But here’s an example of an energy efficiency project that’s offering up £25,000 per year to an educational facility and delivering massive CO2 wins as well.

“It seems to me that in the wider debate over tuition fees, we might perhaps want to be thinking about where and why the overall costs of teaching, in all its forms, can be massively assisted by energy efficient tech.

“And surely we ought to be teaching our children this lesson too; that energy efficiency not only helps our planet; it can help fund our children’s growth and learning.”


Energy Group specialises in energy saving technologies for schools and colleges.  Please drop us a line if you’d like to chat about how we can reduce energy costs at your education establishment.

The Energys Group January 2018 horizon scan: EU ups the ante on buildings energy efficiency standards

At Energys Group, we are constantly monitoring global work on energy efficiency. And we’d like to draw your attention to a change at EU level that many of us may have missed in the Christmas build up.

On December 19, while most of us were pondering what Santa might deliver, the EU delivered a different kind of present.

Reuters reports that the Union has created new rules on energy standards for all new public buildings, plus improvements for existing buildings, which account for considerable EU greenhouse gas emissions.

“The fight against climate change starts ‘at home’, given that over a third of [the] EU’s emissions [are] produced by buildings. By renovating and making them smart, we are catching several birds with one stone: energy bills, people’s health, and the environment,” Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said in a statement.

The new rules, which aim to boost energy performance across the public sector and encourage renovations aimed at creating more energy-efficient buildings, are most welcome.

But at home, we can’t say for sure whether the EU’s move will make differences in the UK as 2018 progresses.

The key is the Great Repeal Bill. The BBC explains that this critical plank of legislation has reached the committee stage in the House of Commons, which is where there will probably be many attempts by MPs to change its wording.

The idea is that all existing EU legislation will be copied across into domestic UK law, to ensure a smooth transition on the day after Brexit.

So, theoretically at least, now the EU has raised its standards on efficiency, there’s no reason why these new rules shouldn’t remain in place here after Brexit too.

This would be a real positive for energy efficiency in the UK public sector. We already have Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards delivering real change across rented properties. If we can embed EU-derived laws to raise the bar on new public buildings, and renovate existing schools and hospitals, we can massively improve the quality of our public services and increase our transition to low carbon.

At Energys, we hope these new EU standards make it into UK law as Brexit progresses.

What exactly will the new EU rules do?

The EU package creates a clear path towards low and zero emissions building stock by 2050, underpinned by national roadmaps to decarbonise buildings.

First, it encourages the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and smart technologies to ensure buildings operate efficiently, by introducing automation and control systems.

Additionally, it introduces a ‘smartness indicator’ which will measure buildings’ capacity to use new technologies and electronic systems to optimise operation and interact with the grid.

Given the Government’s determination to update and reinvent a smarter UK grid, we feel sure these new EU efficiency changes should make it into UK law. And because EU member states determine their own internal laws on top level standards like these, we could take the measures even further if we have the will.

Let’s be sure our sector as a whole continues to advocate, and ensure this EU efficiency reform package doesn’t get swept under the Brexit carpet.

The final word

January is generally a quiet time, as the sector gets back to work and looks forward to a year of promise. But this EU news, delivered quietly before Christmas, is a real reason to celebrate.

Let’s use the EU lead to push for a more radical, disruptive, energy efficient UK public sector as Brexit deadlines draw ever nearer.


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The Energys explainer: How to detect costly compressed air leaks

Many businesses rely on air treatment systems, or use compressed air in other parts of their operations, from wrenches to spray guns or desiccant machinery.

In all these examples, compressed air leaks are a serious problem. A compressed air leak of just 3mm diameter can cost more than £700 a year in wasted energy, and that figure is generally even greater for gasses, says The Carbon Trust.

With this in mind, it’s essential to investigate the best solutions to finding, preventing and fixing air leakage in your facilities.

What you can do to combat air leakage

Energys offers reliable, non-intrusive surveys to help you remove compressed air and other gas leaks. Our comprehensive solutions use a digital probe to listen to pipework and machinery, to identify costly problems.

Remember; the savings identified are typically around £700 per leak, per year.

Just as importantly, while checking air integrity, our engineers can find out if the bearings in your machinery are under or over-lubricated, and detect the earliest stage of bearing failure.

This makes our surveys an essential tool for planning preventative maintenance works. Since over-lubricated bearings mean that their life expectancy is reduced, correcting this problem can also reduce machinery costs.

Comprehensive, detailed reporting

Following each survey, we produce a report, which identifies the costs of each problem and the remedial works that need to be undertaken.

“Energys reports are reliable, honest and easy to understand,” says Kevin Cox, Managing Director, Energys. “We know the real damage that air leakage can do to your business.

“This impacts in terms of cost and reliability, but it also impacts in terms of your reputation and whether you’re keen to be seen as an energy-efficient, sustainable firm.”

Act on energy waste immediately

More information on our comprehensive site-survey to detect air leaks and other faults is available here.

And don’t forget, there are all kinds of other areas in which Energys can help deliver improved energy efficiency, and hence real cash savings, across your estate.

All of the energy saving technology we offer is detailed here. It’s well worth taking a moment to consider how we can help your organisation achieve a truly futurist, energy efficient operation. Contact us for advice on the most cost-effective solutions for your organisation.