The Royal Mint Experience | Case Study
The Royal Mint is the world’s leading export mint making coins and medals for over 60 countries every year, with its first responsibility to make and distribute UK coins as well as to supply banks and official medals. The Royal Mint was opened by the Queen in 1986 and employing over 900 people, on the 35 acre site operating 52 weeks a year, the Royal Mint can produce almost five billion coins a year.
The Royal Mint is government owned and the Royal Mint Experience is accessible to the public making it eligible for a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) under the Energy Performance of Buildings EU Directive (2010/31/EU), adopted into UK legislation in 2010 which is now applicable to public sector buildings over 250m2.
A DEC survey was completed by one of our accredited assessors Ian Shellard, who attended the site in June 2017. Throughout the survey he viewed all the usual attractions of the Royal Mint Experience as well as a quick behind the scenes exclusive sneak peek! The assessment survey looks at the buildings fabric, ventilation, heating, cooling, lighting, direct hot water system and catering facilities, in order to assess the building overall performance. The DEC also considers a 12-month period of actual energy consumption data which helps to place the building on the DEC rating scale of A-G in comparison to a benchmark building type.
As part of our extensive service, when our assessor is onsite we carry out a brief audit of the boiler or plant room to assess whether or not the site would benefit from any bespoke factory-made insulation jackets for the pipework and valves. Once back in the office, a proposal is drafted which will include the annual cost savings (£), annual energy savings (kWh), annual carbon savings (Tonnes Co2e) and total payback period (years) that can be expected if the client wishes to go ahead with this installation.
We add further value to our service by suggesting a TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection. This aims to assess the air conditioning system of a building to ensure its operating efficiently in line with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. This is a mandatory for any building that has over 12kW of air conditioning unit’s onsite. For buildings that require this service, we send one of our qualified assessors to the site in order to complete a full inspection of the air conditioning system. The TM44 needs to be renewed every five years, to ensure compliance with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.