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Re:Fit Cymru case studies

As public bodies in Wales complete Re:fit projects, we will include further case studies.

Cardiff Council

The City of Cardiff Council (CCC) are using Re:fit Cymru in order to optimise the energy efficiency of certain properties, improve their building performance, reduce CO2 emissions and save money. Re:fit was seen as an ideal approach to contribute to the Council’s desire to be an exemplar in energy saving and carbon management and meet CCC’s stringent carbon management objectives. 

The Council are involved with a number of European projects promoting energy and water saving initiatives. CCC were the first authority in Europe to publicly display the energy consumption of its built estate (via the internet) and is the first organisation in Wales to contract through the Re:fit framework.  

With over 300 properties in the Council’s property portfolio and energy spend of £10 million per annum, the potential benefits could be significant. The first tranche of CCC’s Re:fit programme covers 8 properties including Cardiff Castle, City Hall and a range of schools.  

The Council utilised Re:fit’s client side support in the development and delivery of its project. To date, the Council has undertaken the following towards achieving its project goals: 

  • undertaken a mini-competition and selected Engie Services as it’s Re:fit service provider 
  • agreed the cost and performance requirements for the initial buildings following the initial assessments, with improvements planned to commence in the second half of 2016 
  • received an investment grade proposal for the first tranche of buildings
  • agreed the scope and commenced implementation of the first phase of work 
  • identified additional buildings for a second phase and commenced a high level assessment of the buildings.  
The work for the first phase of buildings show exciting opportunities for financial and environmental benefits. The programme is on track to significantly exceed the original 15% savings target as well reducing backlog maintenance and equipment issues. 

The following outcomes are expected from the first phase:  
  • a minimum 29% CO2 savings (including 50% CO2 savings in one property) and a minimum 28% energy cost savings (including over 50% net energy cost saving at one school) 
  • reducing energy consumption by almost 3,000,000 kWh per annum and reducing energy cost by over £160,000 per annum