Increasingly tight budgets are becoming harder to successfully manage, causing many problems for facilities managers and school bursars. Some of these obstacles can be over- come by simply implementing some cost effective innovative solutions.

Addressing old, inefficient lighting technology can be an attractive way to create energy savings. Ageing poorly maintained lighting systems in a vast amount of school buildings are accountable for up to 70% of the electricity bill.

Simple improvements can be made by installing highly energy-efficient lighting, which reduces maintenance and running costs by giving superior life performance while producing better colour rendering and improving the educational environment. The introduction of daylight and presence detectors will potentially increase cost saving even more; by switching off lights when the classroom is empty can create savings of up to 80%.

Lighting Solutions:

  • Lighting costs & Energy efficiency
  • Natural lighting
  • Lighting interior space
  • Daylighting
  • Lighting for particular applications
  • Areas with display screen equipment
  • Laboratories, workshops and other practical learning spaces
  • Sports halls and gymnasium
  • General purpose halls, drama and dance studios
  • Lighting for whiteboards and projection screens
  • Exterior lighting
  • Emergency lighting

Integrating voltage optimisation technology into the electrical distribution system will reduce electricity bills 24hrs/day, 7 days/week; this typically reduces the electricity consumption by at least 10% and could produce cost savings as high as 19% while reducing your carbon footprint and preventing wasted electricity. Many items of electrical equipment operate at 220 Volts so when voltages exceed this level, energy is wasted in the form of heat and vibration; this not only costs you money but also reduces the life span of any connected electrical appliance e.g.  Lighting –lamps, tubes, ballasts and drivers will require changing more often incurring higher maintenance costs.

Good school electricians should have a considerable amount of experience installing and maintaining electrical systems within the education sector and it’s imperative that all engineers are DBS checked to ensure safety and suitability.

It’s also essential that all contractors understand the standards of behaviour required of them when working within schools and colleges; a Code of Conduct stipulates the basic standards expected of contractors, this will enable any inappropriate behaviour to be recognized and challenged by all concerned.

BFM Staffs Ltd specialise in building management and look beyond the day to day operations to consider ways in which energy and cost savings can be achieved, proactively striving to improve school properties with a variety of efficiency solutions.

Brick Building on University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

School corridor