Most of our buildings light up like Christmas trees most of the time. Many air-conditioning systems still run when not needed. There is inevitably a large amount of avoidable energy waste in most of our buildings and facilities. The Big Ideas behind the EI 100-day Behaviour Change Challenge is to facilitate collaboration between end-users, energy management behavioural specialists and psychologists/behaviour change specialists in sustainability,... Read More


Case-study 2017: Energy Management through people - Lessons from 10 years’ working with Heathrow Airport, 2007-2016 This case-study highlights and presents lessons from our work with Heathrow which has involved a combination of strategic joined-up thinking, for technical, design and behaviour change solutions, with hands-on or more passive support. Case-study Part 1: Airport Operations (2007 to 2010)to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions and... Read More


Energy in Buildings and Industry Magazine and the Energy Institute CPD Article, published June 2016 BEHAVIOUR CHANGE FOR LOW COST ENERGY SAVINGS by James Brittain, Discovery Mill More organisations are appreciating that behaviour change can be one of the quickest and lowest-cost ways of delivering energy savings and environmental performance improvement at scale. However, many organisations still struggle with their change programmes and become disillusioned... Read More


  Strategy Strategy and energy reviews are about taking the time to understand where you are and help establish your local strategy to work towards the vision, in a way that optimises across all your objectives & requirements. A good strategy helps make it friction free from the start. We can apply our work to operational, development and infrastructure projects as well as management systems for example based on ISO 50001 and ISO 14001. We... Read More


  “Having difficulty delivering change or could you just do with some extra savings?” Most organisations still waste a large proportion of the energy they buy.  Many have policies and have invested in technology, but many are still struggling to deliver the behaviour change required for increasingly bigger savings, or they need to know more. We are here to help The Discovery Mill specialises in energy and environmental management but with... Read More


    By spending 20 minutes ‘every day’, anyone can champion sustainability, make a big difference and discover big benefits for themselves.   Our Training provides the skills, capability and mind-set for everyday champions and significant energy users to drive continual improvement from just 20 minutes a day. Our unique courses were developed after running hugely successful training events for everyday champions across many industry... Read More


      We draw on a strong team of partners to combine the right skills for the right project at the right time – coming together to give our clients the support they are looking for, focused on a commitment to deliver best value. JAMES BRITTAIN CEng MEI MEng MSc, Director & Energy management and Behaviour change Consultant James has successfully delivered millions of pounds of energy savings. He is a Chartered Engineer with... Read More


  Apps and toolkits provide passive support, and quick management systems, to make the process as easy as possible for everyday champions to deliver at scale. Our ‘Energy Credit’ tracks savings delivered by people and teams. Trackers, incentives and rewards are often key ingredients to ensure effective continual improvement is delivered at scale. Big Green Solutions is our generic App that can provide support. In its simplest form,... Read More


Beverley Lister, our Environmental Associate in partnership with Beverley Lister Associates, has put together this useful ready reckoner for translating the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content for products certified under other European and US schemes, for one of our projects. It’s a great example of helping to mill the hard work out of environmental management for design and project teams.  Read More


We have all experienced places and buildings that don’t always make sense to a user.  Signage and routing may confuse us, building services may be just too complex for maintenance teams, energy costs may be very high, or the building just doesn’t feel comfortable to building occupants. We feel strongly that the key to getting these things right is upfront effective briefing and management of the brief during construction – and that the key... Read More