The Department for Education has undertaken a number of steps to insulate its offices. All refurbishment work is compliant with the most recent building regulations, specifically the insulation requirements contained within Part L Conservation of Fuel and Power. The Department has also undertaken retrofit measures, such as draught proofing and the lagging of pipes, ducts and vessels.
The Department’s new office in Darlington, currently under construction by Darlington Borough Council, is highly insulated and expected to achieve a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Excellent rating. As part of the Department’s proposed relocation to the Old Admiralty building in 2017, an energy conservation and insulation assessment is being undertaken.
Parallel to work on insulation and energy conservation, the Department has implemented a more comprehensive carbon reduction programme, which has led to a 38% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions since 2009-10. Primarily, this has been achieved through low and no cost energy efficiency measures, and operating offices more efficiently. In taking this action, the Department has reduced its annual energy bill by £1.4milion since 2009-10, and continues to work towards identifying even greater efficiencies.