Energy and carbon advisory services
Camco Advisory Services Ltd (CAS) worked with Winton Estate, East Lothian, to review its 250kW biomass community heating system and make recommendations for its improvement and possible extension. Three options were developed to show how costs vary depending on the scale of development and the variety of heating systems used.
Option 1 retained the existing system in Winton Estate, which supplies heat to Winton House and several nearby estate cottages with an extension to supply three other homes near the boiler house.
This option provided a partially de-centralised district heating system, heated by biomass boilers and backed-up by the school’s gas boilers. The existing Winton Estate system would be retained as in Option 1. A separate biomass district heating system would be built for the new council housing estate, with distribution to Pencaitland Primary School and the church.
The existing Winton Estate system would be upgraded and connected to the new boilers. A separate district heating pipe would run through Winton Estate, supplying heat to the outlying estate houses, before feeding a large thermal store at the new council housing estate. The pipe would then connect to the primary school and the church. The gas boilers in the school would be used to provide peak-load and back-up heat to the entire system; whenever insufficient heat is available from the biomass boilers. The system would be designed to avoid the use of gas as much as possible.
Localised thermal storage was recommended as a means of reducing the maximum size of the distribution network and individual biomass boilers, by providing local storage of heating water for peak loads. Sequenced charging of the thermal stores around the system reduced the size of the central biomass boilers.
CAS has also advised Winton Estate on the aspects of wood-fuel management, including forestry and chipping methods.
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Low carbon building solutions for the refurbishment of existing properties and development of new-builds.
For new buildings, there is a substantial energy performance gap experienced by clients between the energy use predicted by designers and the metered energy use for operation over a year.
Verco was commissioned on behalf of six North London boroughs to develop an area based retrofit action plan. This is one of the most thorough pieces of analysis on Green Deal opportunities, including the range of risks, values and delivery options for Local Authorities.
FutureFit is Affinity Sutton’s flagship project that aims to provide unique insights into how the Green Deal could work in social housing. Verco helped to show how low carbon activities can be mainstreamed to deliver significant energy and CO2 savings.
This mainstream campaign was commissioned by Transform UK, the Co-operative Group and Consumer Focus. Verco provided comprehensive analysis on Green Deal/ ECO opportunities and fuel poverty alleviation potential across the UK.
We investigated the potential for whole house low carbon refurbishment to deliver 80% carbon reductions in existing homes. The work involves identifying the whole package of carbon reduction measures that are required, the cost per house of installing all these measures, the key barriers to a whole house approach and the main policy instruments for delivery. Our research fed into the UK Government’s ‘Heat and Energy Saving Strategy’.
We helped establish the Existing Homes Alliance, which sets out the action required from businesses, housing and environmental organisations and government to put the UK housing stock on the road to deep cuts in carbon emissions and energy bills.
Large, long term, phased developments such as the 9500 home Northstowe exemplar of sustainability pose critical challenges for the delivery of community energy systems due to the requirement for early investment in shared generation and distribution infrastructure set against uncertainty in the timing, value and size of the customer base and associated revenue streams.
The Zero Carbon House is a low energy demonstration project to show how renewable energy can create a unique living experience on a remote island in a severe climate. A holistic approach has been taken to eliminating household carbon emissions that would normally result from heating and powering the home, running the family car and growing and transporting food.
Delivering low and zero carbon growth
Stratford City is a £4bn mixed use regeneration project in Newham, East London on derelict former railway lands. Camco Advisory Services Ltd (CAS) worked alongside the design team to develop a sustainable energy strategy that responds to public policy aspirations whilst being technically and commercially viable. This work fed directly into detailed planning negotiations on energy performance for the development. Planning permission was granted in September 2004.
We helped Crest Nicholson BioRegional Quintain to secure this site in east London as part of the Mayor’s competition to build a flagship Zero Carbon development.
A Sustainable One Planet Living® Community
The £2bn redevelopment of land around the stadium is a flagship project for London and formed an important part of the London 2012 bid. We initially developed a Site Wide Energy Strategy to fulfill the requirements of the s106 planning agreement with the London Borough of Brent which has subsequently been approved.
Camco Advisory Services Ltd (CAS) helped BioRegional Quintain Ltd (BQL) to secure and develop this English Partnerships site in the North East. The team responded to a development brief that set stringent energy standards by proposing an exemplar highly sustainable community based on principles of Zero Carbon, Zero Waste and efficient use of water and materials.
Camco Advisory Services Ltd (CAS) was commissioned by the Greater London Authority, on behalf of the London Energy Partnership, to define and develop the concept of ‘Energy Action Areas’ for London. These were then translated into a workable programme of action to deliver results on the ground. We proposed that a series of pilot Energy Action Areas should be centered on large scale regeneration projects where there was momentum building upon and large scale energy infrastructure being established.
Camco Advisory Services Ltd (CAS) worked in collaboration with BioRegional Consulting on a project for English Partnerships, now the Homes & Communities Agency investigating appropriate sustainability standards for a number of their developments, including the carbon neutral Heart of East Greenwich scheme.
Integrated sustainability in the South West
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