The University’s programme of energy efficiency improvements to its fume cupboards has been recognised by 3 national sustainability awards:
- S-Lab Awards 2017 – winner in the Laboratory Environmental Improvement Category – http://www.effectivelab.org.uk/2017-s-lab-awards.html
- EAUC Green Gown Awards 2016 – winner in the Facilities & Services category – http://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/green_gown_awards_2016_facilities_and_services_7
- Love Energy Savings Awards 2016 – winner in the Stars of the Future category – https://www.loveenergysavings.com/the-love-energy-awards/
Following a successful £250,000 pilot scheme in 2014, the University carried out a complete review of all its 252 fume cupboard facilities. A further £768,000 has been invested during 2015/16, partly funded by a 0% loan from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE)’s Revolving Green Fund.
The programme has involved:
- Upgrading constant air volume (CAV) fume cupboard ventilation to variable air volume (VAV) ventilation; resulting in significant energy savings whenever the fume cupboard sashes are closed
- Replacing 98 extract fans with higher efficiency equivalents, which on average use 32% less energy
- Providing new ventilation to 49 chemical storage cupboards, meaning their associated fume cupboards can be switched off when not in use
- Removal and making good of 2 redundant fume cupboards
- Re-calibrating the face velocities of cupboards across campus
This has been a significant and at times disruptive programme of work and we are particularly grateful to our Chemistry colleagues for agreeing to a complete decant of their research laboratories during the upgrades.
With the programme now substantially complete, we are monitoring energy consumption closely to ensure that the anticipated £315,641 and 1,037 tCO2 total annual savings are delivered.