Trust Electric Heating launches energy efficiency webinar

Scott Conor and Fiona Conor

Trust Electric Heating is offering a webinar for estates teams and building managers to educate on the ongoing challenges surrounding energy usage within student accommodation.

The free webinar will be hosted by Fiona Conor, managing director at Trust Electric Heating, and Scott Conor, chief technology officer at Trust Electric Heating. It is set to run on Wednesday 26 July at 10am.

Building management professionals are challenged to maintain heat levels and control heating costs within commercial buildings, in particular student accommodation, Trust said.

In partnership with the University of Leeds, the company conducted a study to analyse energy usage within student residences. Working with real-life students, the study considered habits, heating methods and materials used within rooms to identify several key factors contributing to ongoing energy loss and subsequent high energy bills.

The two-year study highlighted that one of the main issues surrounding heating accommodation was a lack of visibility of energy use and a lack of control for building managers concerning student habits and behaviours.

Occupants leaving lights on, opening windows and continuously running HVAC systems can contribute to significant energy loss within rooms. In addition, overseas students acclimatising to UK temperatures may use significantly more energy and supplementary heat systems to keep warm, particularly during colder months, it found.

The study also looked at building infrastructure, type and age to identify the most common sources of energy loss and addressed the efficiency and effectiveness of different heating methods and designs.

Fiona said: “We understand the ongoing heating challenges within commercial buildings, so we are thrilled to be offering this webinar that will explore areas where energy is lost, and help professionals to find an efficient solution that will keep their students warm.

“When it comes to energy leakage, there are so many contributing factors at play. To keep energy and maintenance bills to a minimum and hit government targets, it helps to understand where energy is being lost. From there, we can devise a suitable solution that provides controllability and ultimately keeps students warm.”

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