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12 Mar 2009 05:03:14

Architects need to think of renewable heat earlier

Architects need to think of renewable heat earlier
Architects designing buildings with renewable heating systems need to take account of their particular needs at an earlier stage of the design process than with conventional fuels, according to a woodchip supply company.

At the Ignition 09 conference, Sam Whatmore, managing director of Devon-based Forest Fuels noted that wood takes up a much larger volume than oil for equivalent energy output, reported New Energy Focus.

"With oil and gas you can think about that later - you can pipe them around corners, but the same cannot be said for wood fuel. We've seen buildings where there's no access for fuel suppliers, the boiler is put far away from the car park, for example," he said.

The special requirements of biomass boilers should be taken into account early in the planning process, and Angela Duigan, head of wood fuel implementation in the Forestry Commission said renewables should not be an afterthought.

She said they should be considered from "day one – certainly not when you are pouring the concrete".

The Carbon Trust has launched a Biomass Heat Accelerator project to speed up the take up of biomass.




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