CHP and carbon footprints
Buildings account for nearly half of the UK’s carbon emissions, and domestic housing accounts for around 27% of the UK total. Action to reduce this pollution continues through Building Codes and Regulations. The use of combined heat and power within district heating systems is a good example of this - it can produce large benefits.
The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) awards 6 possible ratings (or levels of attainment) for dwellings. These are strongly influenced by the expected energy and CO₂ emissions. Determination of Level is also related to the %age improvement in the benchmark Dwelling Emission Rate (DER) which can be achieved by the use of low carbon technologies like Combined Heat and Power.
Domestic Combined Heat and Power
By incorporating combined heat and power in community heating schemes, a rating of CSH Level 3 is eminently achievable. This Level has been mandatory in the public sector for 2 years, prior to being applied to housing in the private sector as from April 2010. As moves towards a Low/Zero Carbon economy continue in future, consultants will in due course have to consider the implications of designing to Level 6.
Working with SAP and BREEAM on CHP assessments
SAV do not act as SAP or BREEAM assessors as such. However, there have been fruitful exchanges between SAV and accredited SAP and BREEAM assessors on numerous district heating CHP projects. Such discussion helps consultants to get the best possible carbon reductions from LoadTracker.
On a series of 16 school projects that SAV contributed to in the previous year, carbon reductions of between 12 – 25% were estimated for Load Tracker Combined Heat and Power systems. The equivalent figure for 29 care home projects was 9 – 24%.
Regardless of project type, SAV’s CHP consultants have built up wide-ranging expertise to help with the assessment of CO₂ reduction. Regional weather profiles, property type benchmarking and typical load patterns are all used to provide CHP system carbon footprint reduction estimates that are grounded, thorough and clearly explained.
Need to get some specifics about CHP for your project?
To find out more about LoadTracker CHP, please contact us on the details below or by using the Contact Us page. We'll send you the LoadTracker CHP Design Guide to help you identify whether CHP is suitable for your project. Next we'll provide you with a sample CHP assessment for your type of project, and a proforma enquiry spreadsheet if you'd like to take things further. We look forward to hearing from you!
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