Category Archives: Energy Saving

Mini-CHP Lowers Running Costs For London Fire Brigade

Baxi-SenerTec UK, part of Baxi Commercial, has played a major role in enabling the London Fire Brigade (LFB), the world’s third largest fire fighting organisation, to reduce its carbon footprint by 28% in six years. This dramatic cut in carbon emissions, which has also helped drive down running costs, has involved a variety of renewable and sustainable solutions, with Combined Heat and Power (CHP) as the ‘lead’ technology.

Robin Hood Services halves lighting energy consumption with British made LED lighting

Award-winning lighting manufacturer, MHA Lighting, is helping a leading independent service station to slash its lighting energy bills by 50% with British designed and manufactured LED lighting.

Green energy specialist Stiebel Eltron launches free mobile app

Wirral based green energy manufacturer Stiebel Eltron UK has launched a new app to give architects, consultants and installers access to its full library of products and services.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive will be introduced in 2014!

Introduced on the 12th July 2013, Government made the long awaited announcement that the RHI will be introduced into the Domestic sector in April 2014.

Warmer Window and Door Opening Support Arrangement

Supporting an opening within a cavity wall using separate lintels that do not connect and thus do not have a linked opportunity to conduct heat loss, can help improve the overall thermal performance of the structural opening.

Residential, North Wales

A developer in North Wales has been so impressed with the amount of energy that air source heat pumps have saved his properties over the past few years that he has had one installed in his very own home.

Brett Martin Energysaver – The First Choice Composite Panel Rooflight

“Not only do Brett Martin Daylight Systems produce the best FAIR solution to match the composite roofing panel being installed, the quality of manufacture, ease of installation, security of delivery and competitive pricing make it the most appealing product available,” commented Phil Gamble, Purchasing Manager at Hathaway Roofing Ltd.

Quick Guide to Updated CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

Major changes to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme are explained in a free Quick Guide’ published by energy management advisers CMR Consultants ,part of ENER-G Group.

A fresh solution from SE Controls for Birmingham City Council offices

Birmingham City Council’s award winning office development at Woodcock Street is using an advanced natural ventilation solution from SE Controls to create a comfortable environment for staff and visitors while enhancing the building’s sustainability credentials by reducing energy consumption.

Bath Academy, Bath

A recently established academy school in Bath has completed the construction of a new wing of classrooms to add a further 10 modern teaching spaces to its facilities. During the specification process, it was decided that the lighting scheme needed to be energy efficient, and as a result, the school opted for a RIDI system of Arktik-LED luminaires combined with absence/presence detection and daylight sensors for further savings.

The Renewable Design Company

The Renewable Design Company is a new name but with years of experience in the renewable energy industry. Launched in 2012 with the key objective of ensuring that the ‘design’ element of renewable installations is at the forefront and with the aim to demystify the different technologies and their combinations.

Levolux helps Tesco make savings

Following a multi-million pound investment, Highams Park in north-east London has been transformed, with an exciting new mixed-use development, featuring an attractive Timber Fin Solar Shading solution from Levolux.

Rotherham Central Station Redevelopment

For the £8.5m revamp of Rotherham Central Station, ICB supplied a comprehensive solar PV system for the stunning curved roof of the main entrance building. To achieve the targeted BREEAM accreditation of ‘very good’, the project sourced local materials, incorporated a rainwater harvesting system together with the ICB solar PV system and Evalon® V single ply membrane.

Specflue’s One Stop Green Deal

Since the Green Deal went live on January 28th, the name to turn to in every respect is Specflue – offering as they do the optimum package of expertise, products and training courses.


A South Wales business has significantly reduced its carbon footprint through the installation of solar PV panels on its factory buildings. Solar Windows Ltd of Bedwas, Caerphilly, has invested in a 110.4 kWp Enfinity system, making it one of the largest installations of its type in the area.

World’s First Bio-Adaptive Façade

A zero-energy house under construction in Germany is set to provide the first real-life test for a new façade system that uses live microalgae to provide shade and generate renewable energy at the same time. The world’s first ‘bio-adaptive façade’ will be installed in the ‘BIQ’ house for the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg, which runs through 2013.

Forth Valley, College, Scotland

Forth Valley College, one of the largest in Scotland, has installed 360 Kingspan Renewables Thermomax solar thermal vacuum tubes at two of its newest campuses, Alloa and Stirling. The HP200 tubes were fitted to New Builds at each campus to service students’ hot water needs whilst also significantly cutting carbon emissions and heating costs.

Monodraught Natural Ventilation and Daylighting Systems Solve Energy and Acoustic Problems at JCOSS

JCoSS, a new 14,500 sq. ft. Jewish Community Secondary School in Barnet, is a state-of-the-art six form entry Jewish secondary school with places for nine hundred pupils in year groups 7 to 11 and a further 360 students in its sixth form.The school also includes the Pears Specialist Resource Unit for 50 children between the ages of 11-19 with autistic spectrum conditions.

In plan, RHWL Architects has styled the school building to resemble a hand, with its teaching wings radiating like fingers towards the playing fields to capture views and optimise available daylight. The building was specifically designed to bring natural ventilation and natural daylight to the teaching wings which, when fully occupied, will provide state-of-the-art facilities for students aged from 11 to 18 years.

The natural ventilation for the building was conceived at the planning stage as a perimeter scheme using a combination of opening windows, wall-mounted natural ventilation, heavy weight construction and high level stack system to provide all year round fresh air and cooling. However, in order to comply with a combination of ventilation, temperature, security and acoustic requirements, design and build contractor Ardmore Construction Limited reviewed a number of alternative proposals and a Monodraught roof-mounted strategy was approved using energy-free Windcatcher Sola-boost systems.

Explains Ardmore Construction’s project manager: “We needed to comply with the ventilation requirements of PPE and the temperature requirements of BB 93 and BB 101, as well as meeting an acoustic requirement that fanlights couldn’t open during the day in spring, autumn and winter as the classrooms faced a railway line.

The main use of Windcatcher Sola-boost systems is in the classrooms of the building’s three, 2-storey teaching wings – A, B and C – where a clever system of double stacking enables each unit to serve first floor and ground floor classrooms that are located one above the other.

The Windcatcher Sola-boost systems are also acoustically lined to provide a combined solution that meets the school’s requirements for both natural ventilation and the need to control noise from nearby railway lines. They also eliminate any cross talk between classrooms caused by the double stacking arrangement on the roof.

The Windcatcher system also proves its versatility by being used in combination with the automatic perimeter fan lights to provide night-time cooling of the classrooms. This allows the Windcatchers to provide ventilation during the day without the need to open windows in the winter, spring and autumn. There is also teacher control of the fans to provide additional ventilation when required.

In the three-storey Wing D, which accommodates the sports, music, textiles and arts areas, Windcatcher Sola-boosts systems are used to provide natural ventilation to the top floor. Monodraught Sunpipes are also used in Wing D to replace bespoke ‘lanterns’, which had been designed to incorporate both glazing and ventilation elements.

A total of thirty-nine Windcatcher Sola-boost units are installed. Six serve classrooms in Wing A, fourteen in Wings B and C, and eight in Wing D. In addition, three Windcatcher Classic systems were installed in Wing C; and two Monodraught Sunpipe Diamond Dome natural daylight systems were installed in each top floor classroom of Wing D. All of the Windcatcher natural ventilation systems were integrated into the School’s BMS system.

The combination of natural ventilation and natural daylight, the use of a biomass boiler and the fact that the school has adopted a ‘Thin Client’ computer strategy, were key sustainable measures that contributed to the JCoSS School achieving a Breeam ‘Very Good’ rating. In addition, a bid for Healthy Schools status was successful in all four categories.

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