FM Update

Energys Group encourages NHS Trusts to take advantage of NEW £46m funding

Energys Group is encouraging NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts to take advantage of an additional £46m of funding available for LED lighting installations. The funding has been announced by NHS Improvement, and will inject £46m of Public Dividend Capital (PDC) to the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund (NEEF) in order to drive direct energy efficiency in the NHS. LED lighting will provide better

quality lighting for both patients and staff, as well as reducing maintenance and energy costs, and cutting carbon. Kevin Cox, Managing Director at Energys

Group comments “Estate Managers across the NHS have a huge challenge in striking a fine balance of patient care coupled with operational efficiency. “The announcement of this additional

funding for NHS Trusts across England is great news. This fund will help to reduce

carbon and energy bills as well as deliver a cut to maintenance costs. This frees up much-needed funds which can be put directly back into front line services. We strongly urge NHS Trusts to act quickly and secure this additional funding before the deadline and reap the multiple benefits.” As timescales for applying for and using the funds are very tight, Energys Group is

urging Trusts to take advantage of one of the existing LED Lighting Framework Agreements which give Trusts access to pre- qualified organisations - thereby ensuring both an efficient and cost-effective delivery. Energys Group has recently

been approved by the Essentia Framework (for NHS LED lighting) and is also an approved supplier under the YPO Framework. Both frameworks provide a free service to NHS Trusts to support the entire

process from bidding for the Grant monies, through tendering the work and delivery of the solution. Applications for NEEF should be submitted

through the NHS Improvement Estates and Facilities Collaboration Hub. However, for an initial energy audit or advice, NHS estates teams can contact Energys Group direct. The deadline for applications is 12pm November 30th, 2018.

Schneider Electric speeds up panel building with Quick Build Units

Schneider Electric, the leader in energy management and automation, has announced a range of preassembled distribution boards. Premade at Schneider Electric’s low voltage (LV) manufacturing plant in Telford, the Quick Build Units (QBU) will save time and cut the costs of installation for both contractors and end users. Distribution boards are an essential part

of a building’s electrical network, supplying power to its various circuits. However, the installation process can be time-consuming if the contractor chooses to assemble the board onsite, pushing up labour costs and increasing the bill for the customer. Onsite theft can also be an issue, with more time and money lost trying to replace missing components. Schneider Electric’s QBUs significantly

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reduce installation time and minimise the chance of theft. Any business or contractor in need of a distribution board can order a QBU directly from Schneider Electric or selected partnered distributors. It will arrive already constructed and ready for installation. The entire process, from ordering the QBU to its delivery, can take as little as two weeks. The QBU saves contractors and businesses

precious time and money. Installation projects will be shorter, more satisfying for customers and more advantageous for contractors. As the board comes preassembled, there are no components that can be taken out or misplaced and also no excess packaging that contractors must pay to recycle. Schneider Electric’s full range of distribution boards are ready to order as

QBUs, including its new Acti9 Isobar P range. The QBU can be tailor-made to suit the needs of the project, from a standard model to a fully-engineered unit with added components specified by the customer. Seth Townsley, LV marketing manager at

Schneider Electric, said ‘Our Quick Build distribution boards give the customer what they want and as smoothly as possible. While we will continue to make the components users need to construct their own boards, our QBU service can radically cut the time, cost and stress of installation. Speed to customer matters a great deal in today’s market, and the QBU delivers it.’ For more information on Schneider

Electric’s QBU, visit https://www.schneider- units/

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