EVORA EDGE helps central Cardiff office go ‘gas-free’

EVORA EDGE are pleased to have been appointed the principal mechanical and electrical (M&E) consultants for a multi-million pound revamp of a central Cardiff office.

The transformation of the 65,000 sq ft Fusion Point 1 office, owned by Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund, includes an impressive array of sustainability and energy-efficient features.

Heat recovery air handling equipment, variable refrigerant heat pump air conditioning, point of use water heating and LED lighting all contributed to the decision to make this building ‘gas’ free, utilising efficient electric heat pumps rather than gas-fired appliances is now cost-effective and provides significant carbon pollution reductions.

Such a move will improve the carbon footprint of the building year-on-year as the National Grid continues to increase the amount of electricity it generates from renewable technologies. The government predicts that by 2035 grid electricity will have a carbon factor a quarter of what it is today.

EVORA EDGE’s building physics team considered all aspects of the building services design, creating a dynamic simulation model at an early stage to enable carbon impact and resilience to be considered at all stages of the design process.

With a designed ‘B’ rated Energy Performance Certificate this major refurbishment project will result in a highly energy-efficient building suitable for a range of uses.

Fidelity International portfolio manager, Ewan Montgomery, says Cardiff has a shortage of grade A offices which are also very energy efficient.

“We are committed to maximising the potential of the Cardiff assets held by the fund and we are very excited about the opportunities this project presents.”

If you would like help or advice in going gas-free in your next building refurbishment please contact EVORA EDGE on or +44 (0)1743 341903

EVORA EDGE Appointed by Wrekin Housing Trust for Heat Network Project

Our new technical engineering division, EVORA EDGE, has been appointed by Wrekin Housing Trust to oversee the re-commissioning and ongoing monitoring of the heat network at their Northfield Village Site in Stafford.

A major challenge with heat networks in the UK is to deliver system reliability with an effective metering and monitoring strategy. Wrekin Housing Trust experienced initial problems with the Northfield Energy Centre and approached EVORA EDGE Director Neil Dady to resolve the problems and provide ongoing monitoring support.

Having overseen some significant remedial repair works, EVORA EDGE has now produced a guide for the recommissioning works, taking into account the requirements of CIBSE CP1: Heat Networks: Code of practice for the UK.

Once recommissioning is complete, ongoing monitoring will be undertaken, including reporting for the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

Neil comments:

“Having worked with Wrekin Housing Trust for a number of years delivering energy reduction projects, it is pleasing that we have now been appointed to oversee such a significant project for the Trust”

Both Neil and fellow EVORA EDGE Director Andrew Cooper are CIBSE approved Heat Network Consultants.

To learn more about EVORA EDGE, or for any questions about heat networks, please don’t hesitate to contact our experts today.

EVORA EDGE Supports Guildford Borough Council to Develop Planning Policy

We are delighted to announce that EVORA EDGE, our new technical engineering division, has been instructed to undertake a strategic technical study for Guildford Borough Council. The study is to analyse the policy and cost-effectiveness of increasing the target carbon emissions rates for new build properties as part of the council’s proposed local plan.

Legislation allows local planning authorities in England and Wales to include policies imposing reasonable requirements on developers for:

  1. a proportion of energy used in development in their area to be from renewable sources in the locality
  2. a proportion of energy used in development to be from low or zero carbon sources
  3. development in their area to comply with energy efficiency standards that exceed the energy requirements of building regulations.

EVORA EDGE will undertake analysis on whether it is cost effective for developers to use renewable energy, or low or zero carbon technologies, in order to meet a proposed council increase to the target emissions rate.

EVORA is delighted to call Guildford Borough Council a new client, and to be working with it on this interesting project which will potentially inform planning strategy in the borough for years to come.

Andrew Cooper, our EVORA EDGE director who will be heading up the study, says:

“This is an exciting step for EVORA, having only launched EVORA EDGE a few weeks ago to increase our technical and engineering capabilities. This new project demonstrates the scope of technical work that we are now able to provide to our clients.”

To learn more about us, or about EVORA EDGE specifically, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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