On Wednesday the 29th of June the University of Wolverhampton’s BECCI (Built Environment Climate Change Innovations) project teamed up with Walsall Housing Group (WHG), a provider of mixed tenure housing in the Midlands, to deliver an Energy Reduction Challenge.
Neil Young BECCI Knowledge Transfer Manager and WHG challenge project lead explained “We carried out a 6 week investigation that revealed opportunities to radically reduce the energy use of one of WHG’s large offices. We followed this up with an extensive selection process to select 7 local SME’s who had come up with innovative energy saving ideas to present to the high level panel at WHG.”
Steven Davis WHG’s facilities manager said “We are excited to find out what the companies propose and hope we will be able to introduce the best solutions into our Beechwood House office.”
The companies who made it through the BECCI selection process were:
- Phos Facades - energy efficient technologies
- Ecosave UK Ltd – energy saving solutions
- Danlers – lighting controls
- Matt:e – voltage optimisation
- Aceon – battery storage technology
- GA Nicholas Ltd/ Robus – lighting solutions
- Air control & Development Ltd – air conditioning and ventilation systems
Paul Hampton, Director of the BECCI project and Head of Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton, advised “I was delighted to support the team on the WHG energy challenge. Being a judge on the assessor panel allowed me to see the breadth of ideas proposed to improve the energy efficiency and usability of Beechwood House. I look forward to working with WHG to explore the effectiveness of these solutions.”
WHG owns and manages more than 19,000 homes in the West Midlands from their base located in Walsall. WHG became the first social housing provider to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for both Waste and Carbon and have implemented significant resource efficiency measures across the housing stock and in their new office in Walsall. WHG have asked the BECCI team from the University of Wolverhampton to report on how they might reduce energy and the carbon footprint of this aging building.
The Built Environment Climate Change Innovations is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). BECCI is part of the University Of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Science & Engineering.
BECCI supports companies to successfully implement their ideas, strategy and practical leadership in what is an unfamiliar and fast moving competitive sector. BECCI engage with innovative companies, linking with academic experts to drive product and service innovation with products and services which will contribute to the UK campaign to reduce CO2 emissions.
How BECCI contributes to the University of Wolverhampton?
To be the University of Opportunity renowned for its creativity and innovation, developing students and staff who are entrepreneurial, eminently employable and well-connected within a research and professionally informed environment.
BECCI utilises PHD graduates to provide support to the project and the University is currently seeking a long term relationship with WHG. The University of Wolverhampton as well as BECCI are involved within research which will benefit the community.
What BECCI want to achieve?
BECCI aims to provide a quality student experience alongside studies. Students at the University are recognised as lifelong partners. BECCI aims to enhance student facing facilities. There is an increase in the number of graduates gaining employment as well as each student’s value within the marketplace.
Students will most likely gain employment by:
- Completing a 12 month or summer placement
- KTP/ KEEN placements
- Providing student projects for companies
The 7 Judges with Steve Davis (WHG Facilities & Environmental Manager) Neil Young (BECCI KT Manager) and Rajiv Dhanjal (University of Wolverhampton IT Consultant), at the WHG Energy Reduction Challenge.
For more information on the WHG Challenge contact: Neil Young (Knowledge Transfer Manager) Neil.firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Number: 07814 140229
For more information on BECCI contact: BECCI@wlv.ac.uk Contact Number: 01902 321028