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Do you have high building running costs and want to reduce your energy bills?

With increasing energy costs comes the need to optimise energy consumption and improve energy efficiency. By adopting a proactive attitude to energy management, businesses will save money on energy and positively reinforce their brand by communicating their social and environmental image.

Lawler Sustainability have 40 years’ experience giving business commercial advantage by maximising energy reduction and energy revenue streams. Our energy consultancy team can determine energy efficiency levels and detect inefficiencies, resulting in enhanced competitiveness and decreased energy costs. We offer turnkey energy efficiency performance-based projects to ensure harnessed savings are retained through our energy focused maintenance service. We maximise funding mechanisms such as grants, tax breaks, energy credits and technology providers and offer full or shared finance options.

Energy Procurement & Bill Analysis


Lawler Sustainability can offer advice on energy procurement. The current volatility in energy markets has made it vital to be proactive when it comes to energy procurement, now more so than ever. Significant savings can be made through the effective management of energy contracts. Depending on market conditions savings of up to 20% of annual energy costs are possible. With a multitude of energy suppliers and tariff options, it is getting increasingly difficult for businesses to ensure that they are on the most suitable tariff to suit their needs. From an initial energy usage and energy utility bill review, we perform an analysis of the most recent 12 months of energy consumption which will enable us to determine if you are on the most appropriate tariff structure. We are not aligned with any energy supplier and will offer impartial advice. Following the bill analysis if we identify any areas in which there are abnormal loads we can carry out a full energy audit on your site.

Energy Monitoring, Targeting & Reporting


A Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP®) is an individual who measures and verifies energy usage and energy requirements of building systems, industrial processes, parts of a building, or throughout an entire building or facility.

They develop metrics so that energy usage is measured, savings are verified, and investment in energy, water, demand management, retrofit, and renewable energy projects can be evaluated and prioritized.

A CMVP® can often help a company realize substantial savings – Certified Measurement & Verification Professional, AEE & EVO

Lawler Sustainability carry out this service as part of our EPC package.

LED Lighting Upgrades


Many industrial and commercial businesses have recognised that energy costs are a significant concern in the day to day running of their businesses. Traditional lighting sees businesses faced with the inevitable price rise from energy suppliers of 4-6% annually. These energy costs along with maintenance costs are continually draining business finances.
Lawler Sustainability delivers zero cost energy efficiency solutions that will help your business make significant energy, cost and CO2 savings.

Why Lighting as a Service from Lawler Sustainability?

  • One point of contact at Lawler Sustainability for the entire lighting project
  • Full project management of retrofit
  • Maintenance-free for term of the contract
  • Zero upfront payments, we invest capital upfront
  • Immediate utility savings generated, freeing up cash flow to grow other areas of business
  • LED lighting lasts 20 times longer and is insured against failure
  • 5-year warranty on fittings
  • Much better quality of lights improving the overall working environment, comfort and productivity
  • Upgrading to LED is one of the easiest and most effective ways to manage and reduce your businesses impact on the environment
  • This is a service level agreement, not a loan, therefore, there is no interest payable

Below are some examples of the projects we have worked on and the savings we have created for clients.

Energy Performance Contracting (EPC)


Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) are mutually beneficial agreements between Lawler Sustainability and the client, whereby we make a number of energy upgrades to the building’s mechanics and electrics, and split the energy savings between the two for a set period. After this contract time, any energy savings made belong completely to the client.

Based on the simple business case of energy savings funding capital investment, this model delivers energy and maintenance efficiencies, while offering a performance guarantee and sharing of savings achieved. It also allows building owners and operators to concentrate on running their businesses knowing that a performance-based contract is optimising their energy and maintenance expenditure.

The EPC model is very successful and is well-established in countries including Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. We would encourage public and private sector alike to embrace this model, its proven achievements can be seen in the examples below.

In 2017, Lawler Sustainability were honoured at the European Energy Awards in Berlin, for our positive work in relation to energy efficiency and sustainability. Our work with Dublin City Council (DCC) and Codema Energy Agency in developing an Energy Performance Contract at three DCC leisure facilities, Finglas, Markievicz and Ballymun was acknowledged here.

Grants & Schemes To Assist Finance Projects


Excellence in Energy Efficiency Design (EXEED)

EXEED is an exciting new programme which is incentivising, facilitating and rewarding energy efficient business for doing what’s right by their environment and community. This programme allows businesses to establish a systematic approach to energy efficient design, construction and commissioning process for new building ventures or updates to existing buildings. The programme was set up to influence the next generation of building service engineers and how they model/build these buildings in the hope of developing more sustainable and future-proof buildings. Lawler Sustainability are helping business in all sectors, on any scale, to become EXEED certified.

This would mean not only is your building recognised as an energy efficient one but energy bills will be dramatically reduced and energy performance increases. For more information on the EXEED Certified Programme, click here.

Better Energy Communities (BEC)

Better Energy is Ireland’s national retrofit initiative aimed at upgrading building stock and facilities to high standards of energy efficiency and renewable energy usage, thereby reducing fossil fuel usage, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Our team, at Lawler Sustainability, have years of experience in applying for and obtaining funding through this SEAI grant scheme. The BEC programme supports new approaches to achieving high quality improvements in energy efficiency within Irish communities. By bringing together groups of buildings under the same retrofit programme, BEC projects facilitate community-wide energy improvements more efficiently and cost effectively than might otherwise be possible. The programme focuses on improving the energy efficiency of Ireland’s building stock and supporting the use of renewable energy through:

  • Delivering a cost-effective approach to boosting the energy efficiency of low income houses in mixed ownership estates
  • Demonstrating sustainable financing mechanisms to fund retrofits and harness project savings
  • Creating innovative partnership approaches that facilitate community access to existing local resources, thereby boosting and sustaining the impact of BEC support
  • Stimulating employment through sustainable energy upgrading projects
  • Supporting small scale renewable energy projects
  • Domestic Deep retrofit upgrade

ACA – Accelerated Capital Allowances

The Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA) is a tax incentive scheme that promotes investment in energy efficient products & equipment. The ACA is based on the long-standing ‘Wear and Tear Allowance’ for investment in capital plant and machinery, whereby capital depreciation can be compensated through a reduction in an organisation’s tax liability. The ACA scheme allows a sole trader, farmer or company that pays corporation tax in Ireland to deduct the full cost of the equipment from their profits in the year of purchase. As a result, the reduction in tax paid by the organisation in that year is currently 12.5% of the value of capital expenditure.

By contrast, the Wear and Tear Allowance provides the same tax reduction, but this is spread evenly over an eight-year period. d. Energy Credits. Under the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme, energy suppliers must support energy efficiency projects in businesses and homes across Ireland. Energy credits are available from utility energy suppliers for every kWh of energy saved. Companies who sell large amounts of energy are known as obligated parties and they have targets under the scheme. Obligated parties offer supports to make your home or business more energy efficient. For every unit of energy saved through these projects, they achieve energy credits towards their targets. This will help Ireland to reach national and European energy saving targets.

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