Newton Abbot College buildings have seen a significant upgrade to their lighting following successful funding applications.All of the College-owned buildings now boast LED lighting thanks to the combination of an interest free government loan and a £10k Carbon Trust grant secured at the end of the last academic year.
The works, carried out during the summer holidays, were scheduled so that there would be no disruption to teaching and learning.
This improvement is part of the College’s ongoing commitment to make energy savings; a move that has seen the College awarded ‘Low Energy Sustainable School’ status by the Ashden charity, who promote the use of sustainable energy.
“The College’s move away from fluorescent lighting has given students and staff a more pleasant working environment.” College Business Manager, Nick Hill explains: “Each subject and study area has had individual lux level settings applied to maximise natural lighting potential, encouraging engagement and learning.”
The new lighting is set to make significant long term savings: “Schools and colleges have to be extremely prudent because of changes in education funding.” Site Manager, Ray Busko, said: “This LED lighting will reduce the overall College electricity cost by 50%, ensuring that loan repayments can be made from electricity savings, making the upgrade a cost neutral exercise. Added to this, the lighting itself comes with long warranties and no maintenance costs, which will further reduce expenditure in the future. The College is already looking at additional energy saving solutions for the future and planning has already started on other long and short term projects.”
This LED lighting will reduce the overall College electricity cost by 50%, ensuring that loan repayments can be made from electricity savings, making the upgrade a cost neutral exercise.Ray Busko, Site Manager