I’m Bob Blincowe, Key Account Manager, UK Healthcare channel, at Trend Control Systems . I’m looking forward to attending this year’s Healthcare Estates conference and exhibition, and demonstrating to delegates how a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) can save money, reduce carbon emissions and help occupants enjoy excellent comfort conditions. With a particular focus on Water Safety, I will be giving a presentation on Water Hygiene Management Systems in the Water & Infection Control Theatre at 2:30 on day two of the event (Wednesday 11th October).
A combination of tighter budgets, increasing amounts of environmental legislation and greater financial accountability means that healthcare estate managers are under growing pressure to save energy and money. These environments are significant users of energy and the latest Carbon Footprint update for NHS in England 2015 report from the NHS Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) showed that the NHS carbon footprint in England is 22.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (MtCO2e).
The need for greater energy control has been brought into sharp focus with the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, which has forced organisations like the NHS to address their CO2 reduction. Progress is being made and since 2007 NHS organisations have ensured that in excess of £190m each year remains available for front-line care, rather than being spent on energy, waste, water or fuel. In fact since that time its carbon footprint has reduced by 11 per cent, thereby contributing to the national and global public health challenge of mitigating climate change.
However, there’s more that can be done and the 2017 Healthcare Estates conference and exhibition – taking place between 10th-11th October at Manchester Central – will provide my colleagues and I with the opportunity to engage with delegates about how a BEMS can help them achieve their energy efficiency and building management objectives. In fact, according to recent studies, 40-52 per cent of a building’s energy use is spent on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), whilst up to 23 per cent is used for lighting. This means there is a potential to control up to 75 per cent of energy usage simply by implementing a BEMS, so I anticipate significant interest in our products and services.
The healthcare sector, more than most, is required to provide a high quality built environment. This environment must be sustainable, affordable and, above all else, remain compliant and resilient. The NHS SDU has identified a BEMS as a way to achieve an energy efficient and low carbon healthcare service and with a worldwide distribution and support network covering over 50 countries Trend has an enviable track record in successfully implementing BEMS within healthcare estates.
For example, with 32 locations across Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust uses a BEMS to operate a centrally managed system based around a Trend 963 Supervisor. The result is high-quality patient care and a working environment that has alleviated pressure on time, financial and human resources. Likewise, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is leading the way in risk mitigation and compliance through the innovative use of a BEMS. By integrating Legionella monitoring systems into the existing BEMS infrastructure, it is possible for it to monitor, control and inform about a range of conditions relating to the status of the water supply, storage and distribution system.
At Healthcare Estates Trend will also showcase its latest innovations and highlights include a working demonstration of the successor to the pioneering 963 Supervisor, IQ®VISION. By integrating controllers, third-party smart devices and internet protocols into a centralised software platform that is designed to manage buildings at an enterprise level, IQ®VISION gives healthcare estate managers the ability to identify issues and optimise their systems. It is already setting a new benchmark in what’s possible with a graphical, real-time user interface that acts as a window to a BEMS.
In a hospital, where continuity of service is imperative in order to ensure the highest levels of patient care, adjustments can be made to the operation of the BEMS in order to deliver immediate savings, while items such as boilers, chillers, air conditioning and pumps can be checked to make sure they are working correctly. Any maintenance issues to do with the BEMS itself or the building services equipment use can also be addressed.
It is clear that healthcare estate managers must take new and creative steps to put energy costs in check, because more has to be done with less money. Trend Controls has developed an offering that provides a defined and measurable energy reduction strategy and for those that have already invested in a BEMS, a way to get the best out of it. I look forward to welcoming visitors to Stand D34, where Trend experts will be on hand to explain how saving energy and money could be within easy reach.