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ENERGY


TOSHIBA LIGHTING HITS THE RIG FOR THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MU


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ith the reduction of carbon footprints being top of the agenda for the UK Higher Education sector, the Royal College


of Music (RCM) is an establishment that has made significant progress in achieving some challenging targets. The South Kensington based conservatoire has been working with the Carbon Trust to lower its emissions and save money along the way, with a clear goal in mind: to reduce its carbon footprint by 34% by the end of the 2019/20 academic year compared with its baseline year of 2005/6. Potential overall financial savings to the College are estimated at around £124,000 by 2013-14.


The RCM maintenance team takes care of the RCM's entire estate, including the magnificent and iconic Blomfield building, built in 1894. The team has a holistic approach to meeting these targets; they focus on effective energy


management and a purchasing policy that works towards sustainability, energy efficiency and recycling. To meet its challenging target, the team continuously seeks ways to reduce carbon footprint across all of its operations. Lighting efficiency was identified as one of the key areas for improvement, as lighting contributed 60% to the overall energy bill.


THE REQUIREMENTS Following a recommendation from


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one of Toshiba’s existing customers, the RCM maintenance team gave Toshiba the challenge of creating energy savings that would contribute to achieving the college’s ambitious targets. The Parry Room, a lovely space for gala receptions and special performances, was the first room that Toshiba was tasked with. The wood panelled room is situated high in the roof space of the main college building, with excellent views of the Royal Albert Hall. However amazing the room is, it poses some challenges to the maintenance team. Paul Russell, Maintenance Engineer at RCM, says: “Its role as a performance centre means it’s constantly in use for shows, college events or simply practice sessions. Closing it


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