A wide range of appliances are used within school buildings which can increase energy demand significantly.

The increased use of ICT in schools has resulted in high levels of heat gains in spaces with computers, which then require mechanical cooling and so incur a high energy penalty.

One solution is to distribute computers around the school rather than use a central facility. However, there have been cases of mechanical cooling being specified in rooms containing relatively few computers.

ICT specifiers should focus on low heat output equipment, even if there is a cost increase, as cooling energy could prove more expensive over the life of the equipment. It will also affect the CO2 emissions. Low heat output equipment will be less energy intensive in terms of electricity used. So there is a double benefit to be gained from higher efficiency equipment.

What should I do?

Specify low energy appliances. Consider location and whether appliances are really necessary.

WLGA - CLILC Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru / Welsh Assembly Government