Low Carbon Devon delivered some significant carbon savings across the University’s main campus, contributing to the University’s Net-Zero Strategy.
Carbon savings were achieved through four activities:
The project installed a variety of energy saving measures within the Sustainability Hub, including triple glazed windows, increased insulation in the walls and roof, low energy lighting with sensors and increased natural lighting.
The Hub was refurbished to the highest environmental standards. It was been awarded SKA gold, the highest environmental assessment rating, supporting the
University’s commitment to creating a sustainable campus.
Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels
The project also installed photovoltaic solar panels on the roofs of the
Sustainability Hub (4.2KW) and Rolle Building (23.11KW).
The installation of these photovoltaic solar cells fitted on the Sustainability Hub and Rolle Building has led to 25,027 kWh/annum energy production; assisting the University's Net-Zero targets.
Low Carbon Monitoring Facility
The Low Carbon Devon project also supported the University (and a number of SMEs) with carbon reduction, utilising the following equipment:
- Thermal Imaging drone – to visualise building heat loss and cold air entry.
- Acoustic sound camera – visualises sound leaks/defects and hence energy leaks within building fabric.
- U-value monitoring equipment for quantifying the insulative properties of the building ( monitoring heat loss).
- Air Pressure monitoring equipment – to quantify the ventilation and heat loss within a building.
- Temperature and Humidity and parametric monitoring – establishes a baseline before, and monitoring after, any remedial actions.
Journey to net zero
All of these carbon reduction activities have contributed to the university’s carbon management plan – including
creating a sustainable campus.
It has also contributed to the University achieving carbon neutral PAS 2060 verification (only the second University to achieve this status).