We often talk about things being controlled by the BMS, but what actually is a BMS?

Building Management Systems (BMS), were first introduced in the 1980’s with the advent of the personal computer. By linking to inputs (sensors measuring temperature etc) and outputs (boilers, pumps, fans etc), it was possible for the first time to control the conditions in a building from another location.  The University first installed a Transmitton system …

The Challenge Ahead

The entire University was forced to adapt quickly to Covid-19, and everyone rose to the challenge. We have now moved into the ‘recovery phase’; our Energy team are working hard to reopen buildings, so that we can welcome back staff and students to campus. This new phase presents a fresh challenge, that we must all …

Renewable Technology on Campus

This summer, the Estates Development Framework (EDF) was published; its role is to provide direction for future University development and management by setting core goals. The overall theme of the EDF is ‘evolution without a carbon footprint’, and you can read it here.   To support the vision of the EDF, and to support the University’s …

Gardens in the Sky

Did you know that we have more than 10 green roofs across a number of our building on both University Park and Jubilee Campus. Green roofs aren’t anything new and we have been covering roofs with vegetation for centuries, whilst those early installation provided protection from the elements and good insulation they were neither waterproof …

The New Normal

Environment Manager Gavin Scott reflects on the current situation and some thoughts on how we retain some behaviours How things have changed over the last 6 weeks! Life has changed significantly for us all and I’m sure we are all wondering when things will get back to normal and indeed what that new normal will …

Energy in 2019: A Round Up

Guest post by Bryony Attenborough, Energy Manager at UoN. So here we are again, the start of a new year, the start of a new decade and a leap year, to boot! I’d like to go back, and bamboozle you with a couple of facts…last year saw UK renewables generating more electricity than fossil fuels for …

A Warm Welcome

Hi! My name is Emily and I am the newest Sustainable Communications and Engagement Assistant within the Sustainability Team. Through this I will be spending the next six months aiming to strengthen the communication and promotion of the University’s sustainability initiatives, as well as to provide operational support to the Sustainability team here in the …

Two leading carbon reduction projects at The University of Nottingham

Carbon Reduction Manager Martin Oakes shares some insights into two prominent carbon reduction projects at The University of Nottingham. Medical School cooling system Over the last 2 years we have installed 3 new efficiency cooling units for the Medical school.  This provides chilled water to meet around 75% of the buildings cooling requirements. The chillers are …

£1.35 million project to deliver 1,150 tonnes of carbon due to go live

Carbon Reduction Manager, Martin Oakes, talks about the latest carbon reduction project that will deliver significant carbon savings. The main boiler house at Sutton Bonington which used to house a waste incinerator now houses two combined heat and power (CHP) units which will produce heat and electricity for use at the campus. This £1.35m project will deliver around …

Forest School at the University of Nottingham

The University’s Childcare Services is introducing a Forest School programme into their curriculum for children in their care. “We have decided to do this as we wish to promote healthy lifestyles in a healthy environment, installing a love of nature in the children in our care” Catherine Lucas, Early Years Practitioner. The Forest School concept …