the big energy race faqS
- How are the target energy savings calculated?
Each building is expected to achieve at least 3% in energy consumption reduction in February 2024 compared to February 2023. To reflect recent heating and cooling upgrades, a number of buildings have been allocated a higher energy savings target, the exact value of which depends on your building's energy reduction trend of the past 8 months.
- How have you split the properties into the four groups?
Properties have been grouped according to their geographical location - North London, South London, East London and West London (including our South-East England properties).
- Not all the buildings have the same energy efficiency – how have you made the competition fair?
To reflect recent heating and cooling upgrades, a number of buildings have been allocated a higher energy savings target, the exact value of which depends on your building's energy reduction trend of the past 8 months.
- What is Workspace doing to meet energy reduction targets?
Workspace has been reducing energy through a number of energy efficiency projects across our spaces, such as low energy lighting, movement sensored lighting, installation of secondary glazing and a rolling programme of high efficiency heat pumps.
We are also improving our data capture of energy across buildings by going smart and through our building management system called Optergy. This means we can have real-time energy monitoring at a building level right down to equipment in our plant rooms.
You can see more about our performance last year here.
- What is a sustainable summer festival?
This will be an all-out party where we will celebrate the winning building's achievement in true style. Think of all the things that make a great festival: incredible beats, mouth watering food, themed drinks, games and entertainment, all underpinned by a sustainable theme.
- We’re doing something for Energy Saving Week, how can you amplify our message?
It's amazing that you’re planning on doing something for Energy Saving Week. Please let your Centre Team know and they will pass on the info. Where we can, we will amplify your message through comms and content. Don't forget to make your Energy Saving Pledge here and be in with the chance to win one of our fortnightly sustainable prizes.
- Does Workspace use renewable energy?
Yes, Workspace has been procuring 100% of its electricity from renewable sources since 2019. From 1st February 2024 we are upping our game by buying 2/3 of our electricity from a solar farm in Devon. This will contribute towards the UK’s clean energy output.
See more about this here.
- What are the energy efficiency features of our building?
Workspace is committed to improving the energy efficiency of all its buildings. You can see our detailed net zero pathway here. For site-specific information, get in touch with your Centre Team.
- Why are you holding this competition in February?
The colder months will always place a high demand on energy usage, with lights and heating working hard all day alongside everything else. Demand is often highest in February so combined with UK Energy Saving Week between January 17-23 still being fresh in our minds, we felt this made the ideal month for us to pay attention to our usage.