As we are all aware, school facilities maintenance means a lot more than simply managing the day-to-day building operations. It is also about continuing to provide a clean, safe, and secure environment for both students and staff, and creating a space which truly fosters learning. And, for many facilities management personnel, it falls under their remit to ensure that the school is in top condition all year round — allowing attendees to focus on learning and development.
So, here are some tips to make sure the building is continually kept up to an exemplary standard — while reducing operational costs and boosting environmental credentials.
- Energy saving tools
Encouraging all inhabitants to adopt good eco habits is an excellent way to introduce a low carbon footprint for the institution — and reduce costs in the process.
Enlist the help of ‘green champions’ throughout the school from teachers, students, and support staff who can help deliver energy awareness campaigns which reward positive environmental attitudes and celebrate important milestones. In the meantime, installing LED lightbulbs and automatic sensors can be an excellent place to start.
- Heat control
Temperature settings within a school environment can easily spiral out of control if not monitored effectively. Make sure the thermostat is accurate and adjust heat settings according to the requirements of individual areas. The Carbon Trust guidelines suggest 18 degrees for teaching areas, 15 degrees for circulation areas, and 21 degrees for special needs environments and low activity areas.
Try to avoid blocking off heating systems with furniture or storage to make sure energy — and money — isn’t being wasted.
- Apply for grants and funding
It can sometimes prove difficult to find the capital to make vital improvements to the school environment, but there are a number of government grants available to minimise the strain on cashflow. The Energy Savings Trust is known for its excellent energy efficiency schemes — helping to deliver low carbon solutions.
- Meet compliance and safety needs
Ensure your equipment stays up to date with compliance and safety standards by implementing a central system to store all documents and guides in one location — which will make audits and maintenance run a lot smoother.
- Install water leak detection systems
And finally, a typical primary school can spend £2,000 a year on their water bills, with secondary schools often clocking up charges of up to twice that amount – that’s why it’s important to avoid any additional expenses caused by a leaking or inefficient water supply.
With the primary purpose of protecting buildings from potential financial and structural disruption, a water leak detection system not only provides peace of mind but can reduce insurance premiums and boost green credentials too.
While effectively monitoring and tracking the flow of water through any pipeline, if at any point an abnormal flow is spotted, the system will immediately cut off the stream to the building by closing a valve within the leak detector — thus preventing any further damage.
We hope we’ve provided some useful tips to maintaining a school facility. For further advice — or to discuss a particular project — get in touch with the team today on 01226 244200.