Alloa-based green asset management services company CADmeleon today (20.05.10) launches Carbon Estates, a revolutionary online portal set to change the face of energy efficiency in the built environment.
Dr Richard Bellingham, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde specialising in energy policy and sustainable energy issues, officially launches Carbon Estates at a special event in Glasgow today with a brief presentation on the importance of sustainable cities in transition to a low carbon economy.
Dr Bellingham recently joined the Fraser of Allander Institute in 2007 on secondment from the Scottish Government, where he was Head of Energy Policy.
The launch of Carbon Estates comes at a pivotal time for organisations that, following the launch of the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, now have to account for their carbon emissions. The UK mandatory CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 from the UK’s top 5000 organisations.
Alan Carlyle, Project Development Manager at CADmeleon, said, “Carbon Estate’s unique feature setting it apart from current Monitoring and Tracking (M&T) systems in the market is the retrofit simulation tool.
“Having the ability to make return on investment calculations and evaluate the effect that different technologies have on a building’s energy consumption and carbon output before implementing them make Carbon Estates an invaluable tool for both energy and finance managers.”
Carbon Estates has already caught the attention of major utility provider Scottish and Southern Energy, which has participated closely in the proof of concept for the system.
Nigel Ellis, technology development manager at Scottish and Southern Energy, said, “We are responsible for providing sustainable energy services through a broad range of innovative energy-based products and service offerings. Carbon Estates can help manage, monitor and mitigate carbon emissions from the built environment and we are delighted to be involved in the development of this concept which we believe to have tremendous potential.”
Carbon Estates uses a combination of individual parameters, such as lighting, heating and building fabric modifications, that allows users to instantly view changes in consumption across building portfolios before physical alterations have been applied. This allows for a cost-benefit analysis of asset costs against energy consumption savings, giving users an indispensable tool, streamlining the procurement procedure and ensuring that costly mistakes are avoided.
Mr Bernard McKeown, managing director of CADmeleon, said, “The ability to forecast without capital risk, and to estimate savings in cash, kWh and CO2, is hugely beneficial to an organisation’s bottom-line, especially when relating to missing target penalties and carbon allocation repayments.
“Non-domestic buildings currently emit over 100 million tons of CO2 per year, representing some 18% of the UK’s total emissions. The widespread implementation of Carbon Estates technology would greatly assist the government in its efforts to address energy inefficiencies in non-domestic buildings and help it achieve its targets for reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008.”
For further information please contact Bernard McKeown tel 01259 222571
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Date 20 May 10