When Waverley School was given the opportunity to undertake a programme of works to boost energy efficiency, using government-backed Salix financing, as part of the Mayor of London's RE:FIT initiative, the school jumped at the chance. And installing a brand new building management system (BMS) was top of the energy-saving wish list.
The Energy Services division of Mitie won the contract for the RE:FIT project and carried out an energy audit of the school, identifying cost-effective measures that would reduce energy use. The resulting works, undertaken by Mitie, were extensive.
"We replaced old inefficient boilers with modern, high-efficiency condensing boilers installed low-energy lighting and controls, programmable radiator valves, refrigeration motor controllers, and variable speed fan motors," says Dale Meadows, Energy Technical Solutions Manager at Mitie.
"And, of course, a key part of the project was the installation of a new BMS. We selected Priva Blue ID because it was good value for money and we knew it would be easy for the school to use."
Installation of the new BMS at the school had to be carried out with particular care, because all of the students have severe or profound learning difficulties. The students respond best to routine and consistent schedules, therefore it was important to keep disruption to a minimum. However, the Priva system proved straightforward to install.
"There was no disturbance to school activity during the installation," comments Dale Meadows of Mitie. "It all happened behind the scenes, with very little interruption to heating and hot water. The old system was kept running while we wired up the new system and, at the last minute, we changed it over. The whole process was very smooth."
With the Priva Blue ID system now in place, Waverley School has been able to radically change the way its buildings are controlled. Designed with reliability, user-friendliness and flexibility in mind, Blue ID is at the forefront of new-generation BMS technology, ensuring high performance and future compatibility. For Graham Williams of Waverley School, the new BMS has brought big changes to how he's able to do his job.
"Priva Blue ID is very intuitive and very easy to programme," he says. "It's so much better than I could possibly have imagined. I've been at the school for twenty-five years and I can say that this is one of the best bits of kit I've ever used. It's given us so much more local control, improved the way the school is heated, and made it possible to programme when and how the heating air handling and domestic hot water is engaged throughout the school. It's also given us complete control over our swimming pool environment, allowing us to accurately control the pool water and air temperature - something we have, in the past, struggled to achieve. It really makes my job much easier."
The Priva BMS is also improving the life of the school's systems, since they are no longer used when they're not needed.