Something as simple as leaving the lights on can be very costly to any business, which is why we are often called upon to help corporations turn those small changes into big returns and it nearly always starts with the light switch.
Take for example the award-winning exhibition and conference venue Manchester Central. It is a vast place – with 25 meeting spaces and three conference and exhibition halls of 23,000m². So it’s easy to see why a forgotten about light switch can make it an energy dark hole.
Manchester Central called upon us to create a detailed programme of smart metering to boost sustainability across their site with the aim of giving them full visibility of their energy consumption.
How did we do it:
- A number of t-mac units were installed across the Manchester Central site.
- The t-mac’s are set to monitor a number of points within the facility – more than 174 meters are now being monitored by the t-mac system.
- These meters include mains gas, electricity and water as well as sub-metering of many other items such as distribution boards, plant rooms, kitchen equipment and waste disposal units.
- The consumption information generated is visible on a web-based dashboard and can be viewed on computers, tablets and smart phones.
- It is also planned that the energy saving data will be displayed on digital signage around the venue.
What are the benefits for Manchester Central:
- Manchester Central operates 24/7 so they need to monitor energy all day everyday and that is something that t-mac does with ease.
- An understanding of where energy is being wasted, whether that’s during an event, in-build or breakdown.
- Significant financial savings from less energy consumption being used.
- The opportunity to create more sustainable events and therefore a more sustainable venue.
- By mapping the venues mains consumption the whole energy profile can be seen and targets through the t-mac software can be created.
The t-mac meters will not only save Manchester Central money and energy, but they will also give us a much greater understanding of the energy resources different events, exhibitions and conferences require.
Manchester Central is one of the first major venues in the UK to achieve the international standard for sustainable events management – ISO 20121.