Minster Court London EC3

A combination of good management practices, upgrades in technology and engagement with tenants achieved a 22% reduction in energy consumption at 2 Minster Court over a five-year period.

About Minster Court 

Industry: Commercial Property
Location: London

Minster Court is a large multi-let 'Grade A' commercial office building in the heart of the City of London.

No major energy efficiency projects had been carried out at Minster Court since it was built in the late 1980s. This meant there were many opportunities to reduce energy consumption within the building by upgrading technology and management practices.

Case Study - Minster Court 

Tackling issues with energy consumption

Our approach to reducing energy consumption involved a number of small, low-profile interventions - a textbook example of ‘little things making a big difference’. These interventions involved the following changes to management and tenant engagement:

Changes to the management regime:

  • Formal checking and reporting of time settings, set points, etc.
  • An upgrade to the Building Management System (BMS), allowing for more accurate control and giving more information to the user
  • Increased frequency of BMS service visits
  • Energy-efficient alternatives considered when replacing equipment

Changes to tenant engagement:

  • Hosting an environmental awareness event, attended by tenants occupying 72% of floor space
  • An energy efficiency seminar discussing drivers, benefits and actions
  • Information leaflets
  • A 'WattBike' challenge for tenants to produce the most electricity, with prizes for winners
  • An agreement to shorten external lighting hours which, alongside improved lighting controls, resulted in further energy saving 

A series of tenant and landlord refits were completed by December 2010. Our specification for refurbishing vacant floors incorporates measures such as:

  • High efficiency lighting with zone control
  • BMS control of all variable air volume units
  • Full overhaul of re-used plant and equipment, such as air handling units
  • Tenants’ own refits were installed and operated in sympathy with the landlord’s control system

Results and achievements

All our efforts contributed to a 22% improvement in energy efficiency at Minster Court between 2008/09 and 2012/13.

A significant reduction in water consumption was also achieved during this period thanks to the introduction of effective water-saving measures such as altering the cooling tower settings to reduce the number of automatic drain downs.

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