The importance of Lighting projects in dark financial times

May 7, 2015


‘RE:NEW’ The newest green initiative for London released by Boris Johnson. It is an award winning programme designed to cut house-related living costs and emissions through ‘domestic retro fittings’ (which is the updating of infrastructure in existing buildings).
Already, two successful phases have seen 110,000 retrofits, saving over 29,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, with a dedicated ‘RE:NEW support team’ on hand to handle queries on project upkeep and maintenance. It is ‘on the way’ to reaching Boris’ overall goal of 60% reduction of carbon emissions in London, of which housing makes up 36%.
The level of new savings and efficiency readings from ‘RE:NEW’ personally reminded us of the recent projects we covered that initially had diminutive funds available for green initiatives. Clients seized the opportunity to reduce energy costs by as much as 80% by tackling this specific area.
It also highlighted opportunities for the London’s big Housing Associations (G15) and the 33 Local London Authorities to consider new Communal Lighting plans. Communal lights tend to host dated technology that is poorly maintained, boasting few – if any – lighting controls.


What could it mean for the residents?
• Better quality lighting
• Reduced service charges


What could it mean for London G15 housing projects as a whole?
Per Annum, we estimated up to

• Energy Savings – Kwh 134,379,128
• CO2 savings – Tonnes 75,620
• Financially – £ 23,000,000


So one step closer to a sustainable future, we congratulate and support the new initiative and hope to hear more about the project in regards to plans for communal lighting and any further figures that arise in the near future.


What are your comments on this project? Are you a Londoner directly affected by it? Feel free to leave us a few thoughts!






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