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STEP TOWARDS A GREENER
FUTURE

Our team of specialists help develop and implement programmes that lower costs, reduce impact on the environment and create positive stakeholder engagement. We help you access vital funding to make a positive impact on both your finances and carbon reduction targets.

Energy Strategy, 4 Cores Areas

Energy 1

Energy Procurement

Buying Energy in an efficient and
sustainable manner across the organisation

Energy 2

Reduction of
Energy Consumption

Programmes of work to reduce
your energy consumption

Energy 3

Generating Energy

Investment in renewable energy generation

Energy 4

Engagement

Affecting organisational change to ensure energy efficiency and sustainability are key considerations of everything the organisation does

The Barker Energy360process

Barker Energy360™

is our process to help you craft a strategy for energy transformation, implement change & enjoy the benefits as a result of that change:

Strategy
Policy
Energy Survey
Energy transformation
plan
Analysis
Funding
On-going
support
Implementation

Strategy

We recognise that resources are often tight and investments of time and money need to be justified. So, at the outset, Barker undertakes a desktop assessment of the potential benefits an energy management transformation process will generate and will produce a strategy to deliver the policy.

Using existing knowledge of the built environment, the experience of previous installations and standard parameters for energy prices, we will model the potential for energy saving schemes across the whole organisation.

Policy

You may already have defined your energy policy and targets, but if not, Barker can help you create a compelling vision by reviewing where you are and advising on what can be achieved.

This will help engage stakeholders and drive meaningful, urgent action. Whether your aim is reducing your carbon footprint, saving money, or both, Barker will help shape your goals and advise on the most effective strategy to meet them.

Energy

Next, Barker will undertake a full energy audit of your estate across the following key areas;

• Collect energy usage & utilities data
• Undertake detailed energy audits of each site
• Conduct an assessment of solar photo-voltaic (PV) energy  opportunities
• A full structural assessment of roofs where PV panels are to be located
• Identify where LED lighting can be installed
• Assessment of planning and statutory consents
• Asbestos survey
• Other relevant surveys

Energy transformation plan

Following the survey, Barker will produce a detailed energy transformation plan including a schedule of all of the energy efficiency projects which could be completed, with pre tender estimates [based on current market prices] with associated timing plans.

The proposal will also consider the funding options available to you.

Analysis

Data can be daunting but using it in the right way can help organisations deliver their mission to improve education outcomes. So collecting, analysing and presenting data plays a key role in measuring the success of energy transformation.

Barker has a close collaboration with EO Portal – the industry leader in monitoring energy usage. A standard element of the EO Portal is the Energy Dashboard, which gives senior leaders actionable insights into energy usage across the estate.

Funding

The investment required to undertake the energy transformation process could be prohibitive for many education providers. There are a range of funding options available to however at times the funding is limited and has to be bid for.

To overcome this barrier for LED lighting and photovoltaic panels installation, Barker appraise the available funding opportunities and recommends the optimum approach. A popular approach is to fund the energy transformation through an operating lease. A lease will spread the cost of the investment and the lease liability will be easily covered by the resulting energy cost savings.

On-going support

Once we have implemented the changes, we will continue to work with you to identify other ways to optimise the operation of your estate which could include;

• Streamline energy carbon reporting in partnership with the Confederation of School Trusts
• Internet of things sensors using the Microsoft IoT platform
• Solar thermal hot water generation
• Cloud-based IT systems
• Smart switching
• Voltage optimisation
• Battery storage
• Electric vehicle charging points

Implementation

Once the scope of work is agreed and funding is approved, we will work closely with you to develop a procurement program and installation plan installation plan which causes minimal disruption to your operations.

Barker has a team of professional project managers who will oversee the delivery, working with a number of trusted and reputable suppliers. We also ensure that all installed equipment has a comprehensive warranty which matches or exceeds the duration of the funding.

Who We Work With

Core Services

Energy Audit
Energy Strategy

Energy Audit

Knowledge is power. Our energy and sustainability team can undertake energy audits of your estate. We will collect energy usage data for each site, undertake a detailed energy audit and identify key opportunities for energy improvements.

Energy Strategy

Create a roadmap for decarbonisation. We produce tailored energy strategies for our clients that enable positive action. We identify the potential for energy saving schemes across your organisation, test the feasibility of implementation and prioritise projects into management programmes to suit your organisation. We can help you secure funding and manage the delivery of your projects.

Energy funding
Project Management

Energy funding

Energy transformation requires investment, and some may consider this a barrier to implementing their plans. However, at Barker, we appraise the available funding opportunities and recommend the optimum approach. Our clients can fund their energy transformation with the support of our specialist funding experts and bid writers.

Project Management

Getting it done. We have a team of professional project managers who oversee the delivery of your energy efficiency projects. We offer a turnkey solution from design through procurement to delivery and ongoing monitoring. Our experience ensures you achieve high quality, value for money, a return on your investment and peace of mind.

Our Energy & Sustainability Services Include:

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  • Energy Audits
  • Energy Strategy
  • Energy Funding
  • Project Management
  • Energy Monitoring
  • Display Energy Certificates (DEC)
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  • Low Carbon/Sustainability Advice
  • Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)
  • Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
  • Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

What our energy & sustainability clients say about us

“We approached Barker to assist us with accessing government funding for the decarbonisation of our estates through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) and delivering the resulting projects. Barker worked with us proactively to write a compelling bid document which resulted in a successful PSDS application and grant funding of c£694k. Barker is highly professional, responsive and knowledgeable.”

L.E.A.D Academy Trust

“With Barker’s assistance, we were able to secure funds from the LCSF round to put together Energy Assessments for some of our schools, and amazingly, secure over £3million worth of funding with the PSDS round. Barker has been great through the whole process, assisting with the initial skills fund award, the bids, monitoring paperwork as well as project tenders, set up, and completion.”

Academies Enterprise Trust

“Barker played a crucial part in our bid submission, working alongside Trust colleagues acting as our technical advisors from feasibility to execution of the projects delivered. Working collaboratively and in partnership with Barker and appointed contractors, we were able to deliver circa £2million worth of decarbonisation projects across our Academies. Barker has supported Windsor Academy Trust in a professional and technical capacity, we have found them to be extremely knowledgeable around infrastructure, renewable energy technologies and decarbonisation strategies.”

Windsor Academy Trust

Manage your estate
with EO Portal

The EO portal helps our clients to quickly view and analyse their energy consumption, identify problem areas and identify opportunities to help save money.

Relevant Projects

Inspire Partnership Trust- LED Lighting Programme
Inspire Partnership Trust- LED Lighting Programme
  • Client: Inspire Partnership Trust
  • Location: 6 sites across South East England
Katherine Warington School- Solar PV Installation
Katherine Warington School- Solar PV Installation
  • Client: Katherine Warington School
  • Location: Harpenden, St Albans
Thomas Becket Catholic School-Fire Safety Works CIF
Thomas Becket Catholic School-Fire Safety Works CIF
  • Client: Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Academies Trust
  • Location: Northampton
Aldridge Education- Solar Panel Installations
Aldridge Education- Solar Panel Installations
  • Client: Aldridge Education
  • Location: Various Sites
Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS)
Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS)
  • Client: Various Multi Academy Trusts
  • Location: National
MAT Capital Loans Pilot Scheme – LED Replacement & PV Installation Project
MAT Capital Loans Pilot Scheme – LED Replacement & PV Installation Project
  • Client: Brooke Weston Academies Trust and Ormiston Academies Trust
  • Location: Various

Energy & Sustainability Team Key Contacts

Robert Gould

Robert Gould

Partner

Robert joined Barker in 2002 and is a Partner based in our Braintree office. A Fellow of the (…)

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Thomas Deacon

Thomas Deacon

Partner

Tom joined Barker in 2020. He is a Partner based in our London office. Tom has over 15 years (…)

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Edwin O’ Connell

Edwin O’ Connell

Associate Partner I Energy & Sustainability

Edwin has over 15 years extensive experience in delivering built environment and sustainabili(…)

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Jonathan Coyles

Jonathan Coyles

Partner

Jonathan joined Barker following a successful career working in management consultancy within(…)

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Freddy Aye

Freddy Aye

Associate Mechanical Engineer

Freddy joined Barker in 2021. He is a Chartered Engineer with extensive experience in design,(…)

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Cornelius Fong

Cornelius Fong

Associate I Electrical Engineer

Cornelius joined Barker in 2022 from a global hotel chain and leads our building services eng(…)

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