Zenergi was once again the headline sponsor at the ISBL National Virtual Conference in November (2020) and hosted daily sessions offering essential updates in the world of energy. Whether you are looking to better understand how to manage the new challenge of both heating and ventilating your classrooms or offices; or how to access the new £1 billion Salix fund for school or public sector building improvements; or get some inspiration for greening your school and engaging your pupils in energy saving, there is lots of useful and inspiring content from these sessions. Watch each recorded session using the links below and let us know if you have any questions here.
Overcoming a new challenge: Essential tips to safely heat and ventilate your building, plus a checklist to make sure you have energy compliance under control
Ed Horgan – Managing Director of Zenergi’s technical services division, Briar
SBLs are faced with a new challenge as we enter the winter months: how can you heat your building during cold weather, while also ensuring adequate ventilation to combat COVID-19? In this session we covered the essential steps to ensure you are maintaining a safe environment for your pupils and staff. We also looked at the latest energy compliance requirements for schools, helping you identify your need to comply. The session included a summary of the fast-approaching actions required for the new Streamlined Energy Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework, which will affect many MATs for the first time this year.
Tuesday 10 November
Read our guidance: Essential tips to safely heat and ventilate your building
How to access the new £1 billion Salix fund to finance school heat decarbonisation, building structure improvements and energy efficiency measures
Ed Horgan – Managing Director of Zenergi’s technical services division, Briar and Suad Omer, Salix Finance
This session detailed the Government’s new fund of £1 billion for public sector energy efficiency initiatives. We outlined the types of projects that are covered under the new fast-track scheme, with guidance on how we can help you to formulate and deliver an application. This session is essential viewing for any school that can act quickly to deploy the grant to projects focused around heat decarbonisation, renewables and energy efficiency. Since the window for accessing the funding is very limited, we outlined the key dates and the urgent next steps required to enable schools the best chance of accessing it. We also provided a summary of broader energy efficiency measures and building improvements that can be implemented alongside heat decarbonisation projects.
Wednesday 11 November
More information: Decarbonisation Webinar
Are you prepared for Carbon Zero? How to start the journey to Energy Freedom
Graham Cooke – CEO & Richard Tandy – Head of Projects Division
This enlightening session helped to identify opportunities that support your long term energy, infrastructure and sustainability objectives. We look at those easy-to-implement energy saving technologies that provide a fast return on investment and the fast-growing technologies that can support your planning and help to design your legacy. We also introduce you to our green school of the future; our vision for a class-leading energy efficient school leading the journey to net zero.
Thursday 12 November
Educate the energy users of the future: How can we help you engage your pupils in energy saving?
Chris Jermy – Head of Business Development
The cheapest kWh is the one you don’t use, and yet many schools are held back from achieving the significant potential savings from simple day-to-day energy saving due to a lack of pupil and staff understanding and engagement. This session aims to you engage your people in a collective energy saving effort. The session also provided a preview of our exciting new game designed to engage children in positive climate action. In our browser-based Climate Crisis game, your pupils can become Zengineers in order to create a beautiful country with developments and upgrades that raise the happiness levels of the community and reduce its climate impact, whilst learning what really makes a difference to the environment we live in.
Friday 13 November
In our new game you can become a Zengineer and help your very own community to become part of the GREEN revolution.
Keep your residents happy by making improvements to your community that reduces its climate impact, and earn Zen tokens for more improvements along the way!Play climate Crisis