SUSTAINABILITY IS WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF URECON’S DESIGNS, PROVIDING NOT ONLY ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS BUT EFFICIENCY AND ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES TOO.
in Northern Quebec. Two biomass-fired boilers utilising waste from the local sawmill were installed alongside two fuel-oil fired boilers in 1993. These heated water to 90 Celsius, 75% of the work undertaken by the biomass boilers. The water was then distributed amongst 135 homes and 16 public buildings via thin wall steel pipes and plastic pipes (PEX). INNOVATING TECHNOLOGY Sustainability is woven into the fabric of Urecon’s designs, providing not only environmental benefits but efficiency and eco14 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
nomic advantages too. “Urecon promotes a product called the Logstor TwinPipe, for example,” says Mr. Vreugde. “It combines supply and return pipes within a single insulated bundle. Diffusion barriers are used to maintain high performance of the insulation throughout the system’s life cycle.” The efficient LOGSTOR TwinPipe is used in district heating systems to reduce CO2 emissions and operating costs by up to 50%. Mr. Vreugde goes on to outline one of Urecon’s most recent innovations. “Most recently we have been really proud to be involved with steam-to-hot-water conver-
sions in a number of universities including the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Stanford University in California, USA. These universities have a mandate to reduce carbon emissions, to become more sustainable and green. What we have done is convert their old steam distribution systems into modern hot water piping that allow freedom of feedstock fuels including natural gas, biomass, solar or a combination of them all. It is a way of not being locked into any particular type of fuel.” At Stanford University, where the conversion project began in 2013 and is