Cutting bills at a Yorkshire charity

Greenhouses and gardens in Yorkshire

IBECCS was recently called in to advise on options for cutting energy bills at a Yorkshire charity which has extensive gardens and greenhouses open to the public. Following an energy audit, our advice included considering:

  • Replacing oversized LPG boilers with pellet boilers, or using the large grounds area to install heat pump collector loops
  • Adding zonal controls to minimise the risk of heating greenhouses from the boiler (or heat pump) at the same time as opening vents on sunny spring days
  • Incorporating PV into new greenhouse roofs, simultaneously providing summer shading and generating power
  • Upgrading lighting systems with daylight sensors and LEDs
  • Improving access to electricity meters, or installing smart meters, to enable monitoring and targeting of energy use

Ian Byrne appointed to IES Council

Ian Byrne, principal at IBECCS, has been appointed as an independent Council Member (Director) and Treasurer of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) with effect from 17 July 2019.

The Institution is a membership organisation representing the full spectrum of environmental disciplines – covering fields as diverse as air quality, land condition, marine science and education – wherever you find environmental work underpinned by science. IES provides its Full members with two supportive routes to become a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist and publishes a highly regarded quarterly magazine, environmental SCIENTIST.

The Institution of Environmental Sciences is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science by supporting professional scientists and academics working in this crucial arena. As a seminal environmental sciences organisation, founded in 1971, the Institution is consulted by the Government and other interested parties on environmental issues. The Institution has strong ties with Higher Education and promotes and supports environmental science and sustainable development in universities and colleges both nationally and internationally.

Membership of the Institution offers stepping stones on a career path – from student to Chartered status, attracting professionals of high standing with significant specialist and interdisciplinary experience. IES is an international organisation with members in locations as diverse as Australia and Zimbabwe.

For more information about the Institution, please visit the IES website.

Transition Zero project successfully completed

The EU Horizon 2020 project “Transition Zero” has been successfully completed. The project was designed to test the suitability of UK and French markets for the innovative Dutch Energiesprong concept, where homes receive a deep retrofit, including the addition of wrapover external insulation, photovoltaic roof panels, and upgraded heating services. Among the publicly accessible deliverables are reports into the financial, technical and legal barriers that need to be addressed before the concept can be more widely used outside the Netherlands. However they also show a successful pilot with Nottingham City Homes in the UK.

Ian Byrne, IBECCS’ principal, was actively involved in the establishment of the project, which was led by the National Energy Foundation. He remains involved with Energiesprong in the UK as its company secretary. The results of the Transition Zero project, including downloadable documents can be found at

IBECCS to work closely with BankEnergi project

ISCF Prospering from the Energy Revolution BankEnergi Competition Winners, Associate Ian Byrne (far left) and Head Project Partner Rajvant Nijjhar (centre left) discuss the project on the roof of the K2 building, South Bank University, London, February 2019

IBECCS’ principal, Ian Byrne, has become an associate of the BankEnergi project, funded through the Government’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution programme. BankEnergi will focus on bringing together organisations across London’s South Bank to plan ways of reducing energy demand through better energy management, identifying cost-effective means of energy storage and renewable energy, and developing a trading platform to allow those in the area to better balance local energy supply and demand and prepare for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

“I am delighted that London South Bank University are partners in BankEnergi”, said Graeme Maidment, Professor of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration at LSBU.  “All too often energy is solely seen in terms of generation and supply, with little attention given to the rising demand for it in heating and cooling.  In higher tech offices, commonly found across the South Bank, energy used in air-conditioning often exceeds that for heating, leading to patterns of use that are quite different from those commonly assumed. BankEnergi will help organisations identify and trade on these to lower their costs and environmental impact.”

In its initial phase, BankEnergi will work with selected bodies across the South Bank to analyse energy use and opportunities for peer to peer trading.  Benefits for the initial participants may include:

  • Better use of existing assets
  • Reduced energy bills and lower carbon emissions
  • Greater resilience against future supply constraints
  • Opportunities for cost-effective investment in renewables and energy storage

More information about the BankEnergi project can be found at

IBECCS launches

We’re delighted to announce that IBECCS has commenced operations! Our new base is in Exchange House in Central Milton Keynes, but we’re happy to travel anywhere – UK or internationally – to provide you with cost-effective help and advice on saving energy, cutting your carbon footprint and combatting climate change through practical measures.

Ian Byrne awarded BSI International Standards Maker Award

Ian Byrne receiving BSI International Standards Maker Award
Ian Byrne receiving the BSI International Standards Maker Award, November 2017

In November 2017, Ian Byrne was awarded the BSI International Standards Maker Award, following his success in steering ISO 50047 “Energy Savings Calculations in Organizations” to publication.

One of just three winners, the citation said that “The BSI International Standards-Maker Award is presented to Ian for his outstanding dedication and contribution to energy management standards. Ian has a passion for sustainability and the impact standards have in this sector. He is well-respected by his national and international peers and is often sought after by other countries for his expertise in this field of standards development”.

Ian has been active in standards development at the European and international (ISO) levels since 2007.

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