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ULTRA SUSTAINABLE “AMAZING BUILDING” FOR REDMOOR ACADEMY

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edmoor Academy in Hinckley, Leicestershire hosted a grand opening for their new two-storey ultra-efficient “Schoolhaus” building which forms the academy’s Business and Enterprise Centre: with 8 classrooms, a meeting space, toilets, offices and a study area for students; housing the maths department, business studies, and CEIAG (Careers, Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance) programme and enterprise initiatives. Built by UK Energy Partners and Net Zero Buildings, the new centre was officially declared open by local politicians; The Worshipful, the Mayor of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, Councillor Richard Allen and David Tredinnick MP, Member of Parliament for Bosworth. Mayor Allen said, “When I was in school in the 1960s there were no energy efficient buildings. It is brilliant to see innovations such as this. Congratulations to the school and of course UK Energy Partners on such a great building.”

Redmoor Academy is an oversubscribed secondary academy which needed to expand its capacity to accommodate more pupils. The academy turned to Schoolhaus for their solution; increasing their capacity, and allowing energy savings. With limited capital budgets for new or replacement buildings, the new Business and Enterprise Centre was funded by UK Energy Partners on a 7-year operating lease. Mr Tredinnick MP said, “This is a very important improvement for the school giving them an energy neutral building and a manageable financial package.” Schoolhaus is an appealing solution for schools with its funding options, and minimal ongoing utilities and maintenance costs, in addition to the energy generation from Schoolhaus’ solar PV roof and key features: state-of-the-art Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR), LED lights and occupancy and motion sensors controlling both lighting and heating; all powered by the building’s solar PV roof.

Aesthetically appealing, cost efficient and environmentally sound, the students and staff at Redmoor Academy look forward to enjoying the many benefits of their new Business and Enterprise Centre. Peter Johnston, Chief Executive Officer, UK Energy Partners said, “My highlight of the day was a presentation given by eight of the school’s students about why everyone should build net zero buildings – real advocates of carbon reduction! It was rewarding that much of the presentation stemmed from our factory visit these pupils undertook back in November and further demonstrated the benefit of that type of engagement.” Jane Sulley, Redmoor Academy, Business Manager said, “Just an amazing building! That’s the only word I can use to describe!” Andrew Coombs, Redmoor Academy, Principal said, “I would like to thank UK Energy Partners and Net Zero Buildings who have been incredible to us. We really appreciate the way they have worked with us, especially inviting our students to the factory and helping to get the building open on time. We are really pleased with the building. Students and staff have been blown away by our new facilities. When you compare this to our main school building you cannot compare the technology and reduced running costs. The quality is fantastic – as a teaching area I do not think you can better what we have here with our new build.” www.ukenergypartners.co.uk

Scottish biomass company marks major 50MW milestone

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iomass heating specialists HWEnergy, the first company in Scotland to receive Renewable Heat Incentive accreditation (RHI), has marked a major milestone by reaching 50MW of installed capacity with the completion of its latest project at Irvine Royal Academy. The school project was part of a wider biomass rollout for North Ayrshire Council and means that installations by HWEnergy now total carbon savings equivalent to 27,000 tonnes of CO2 saved per year or 111,000,000 miles of car travel moved off the roads each year. Established 13 years ago, the company currently has a staff of 45 and has installed more than 270 commercial-sized biomass installations to date. Installations span from Shetland to Bradford and cover a wide range of sectors including: food and drink,

tourism, rural, commercial, charities and the public sector. HWEnergy were part of a partnership which saw North Ayrshire Council awarded the “Sustainable Scotland” award at the 2016 Scottish Green Energy Awards for their biomass roll-out programme as well as projects on solar energy and car sharing. Headquartered in Fort William, the company also has offices in Bellshill and engineers in the north of England and Norfolk and services and maintains more than 300 sites across the country. Bruno Berardelli, Managing Director of HWEnergy said: “Reaching 50MW of installed capacity marks a significant milestone for HWEnergy. What makes us unique is that we’ve acted as main contractor for most of this 50MW, providing full design and turnkey project installation

to our clients together with ongoing heat, service and fuel supply. “Our aim is to work as a partner with customers from the initial idea of a project right through its lifetime of delivering locally sourced, renewable heat. Biomass heating is now playing a vital part in Scotland’s energy mix and as we enter the next era of RHI support for biomass heating I am convinced that the role of biomass heating is only going to increase.” The company has worked on projects ranging from small district heating schemes to large hospitals and has a team of locally based engineers across Scotland. The team received Renewable Project of the Year 2014 for their work with NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

Energy Manager Magazine • January/february 2017



Energy Manager Magazine Jan/Feb 2017