Bank of Cyprus renovated Data Centre goes into operation

The first phase of the Bank of Cyprus Data Centre Renovation Project has gone into operation with the migration of IT equipment commencing this week.

Earlier in the month extensive tests were carried out on UPS, generator and close control air conditioning systems to verify design capacities and system resilience.

The M&E design of the project was carried out by Troup Bywaters and Anders of UK in conjunction with Green Growth Energy Services who also carried out the Project Management of the new facility.

Green Growth Energy Services Director and Project Manager Tamer Zaim said ” As far as I am aware, this is the first renovation project of its kind in Cyprus undertaken within a live Data Centre environment. We managed to completely modernize the Bank’s main Data Centre, renewing power and  A/C systems as well as raised floors, IT cabling and cabinets without interrupting the Bank’s IT operations. The most challenging task was the demolition of walls and columns in such a sensitive and secure area. Close co-operation and teamwork between engineers, contractors and Client’s technical, IT and security staff ensured the success of the project “.

The project provides ample growth potential for future IT needs and has been designed with energy efficiency as the top priority.

Global Buildings Performance Network – Video

Global Buildings Performance Network video on “Investing in Energy Efficiency in Buildings : Challenges and Opportunities in Europe” provides a valuable and authoritative overview on the subject.

Green Growth staff receives training at University of Nicosia

Green Growth staff are currently undertaking specialized training at the University of Nicosia for Category A Energy Auditors, in accordance with local regulation ΚΔΠ 184/2012.

This is the first course of its kind organised by the Energy Service of the Republic of Cyprus, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, in compliance with EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EK.

The training duration is 80 hours which includes 56 hours theory and 24 hours practical assignments.

Ofgem to investigate missed energy efficiency targets

Ofgem says it will open investigations into six UK energy companies for failing to meet government energy efficiency targets.

The energy regulator said companies had met 99% of targets by the end of 2012, but it would be investigating the missed 1%.

Read the BBC article here

HVAC Energy Efficiency Strategies

HVAC systems are the largest energy users in most commercial and institutional facilities. As such, they are appealing targets for maintenance and engineering managers seeking to reduce energy use in their facilities. Read the full article by James Piper at www.facilitiesnet.com

EC Audiovisual Service – Video

European Commission Energy Efficiency Video “doing more with less” provides an overview of the European Union’s energy efficiency objectives and shows how each of us can make the difference, be it in our professional or private life. It is cheaper, protects our environment and favours competitiveness. We are all involved!

Backing Energy Efficiency would help stave off a triple-dip recession

Energy efficiency provides a triple boost for Britain. Research by Cambridge Econometrics for Consumer Focus shows that improving energy efficiency in fuel-poor households “generates greater macroeconomic benefits – more jobs and greater growth – than the same injection of spending through other government spending programmes. Read The Guardian article here

Cameron pushes energy efficiency as motor of green growth

The UK must prioritise growth in “green industries” such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, David Cameron said on Monday.

‘The economies in Europe that will prosper are those that are the greenest and the most energy-efficient’ says prime minister.

Read The Guardian article here

Energy Efficiency Paves Way to a Low Carbon Future, but Barriers Persist

Save money, save the world. The promise and problems of getting people to stop wasting energy was the topic of a Stanford conference that gathered business people, government representatives and scholars from the United States and Australia. Read the full article at Stanford website here.

EU Energy Policy May Bring 500,000 Jobs

* Proposed target of 3 percent of public buildings per year

* Construction firms would benefit

The European Union may pass a triple whammy environment policy in the first half of this year that would bring a rapid jobs boost, cut energy bills and improve the environment by one simple measure: keeping Europe’s buildings in good repair.

Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said the EU Energy Efficiency Directive includes a commitment to retrofit a certain number of public buildings each year, improving insulation and stopping leaks.

Read the full news at Reuters here