02 Dec 2008 05:12:45
Green development gets wind turbines
A development designed to a 'very good' EcoHomes standard has had wind turbines installed to supplement its grid electricity.
The Hanway Gardens development in Prestwich, Manchester, features a range of energy efficiency measures as well as the newly installed turbines.
According to construction group Seddon's regeneration arm, Inspired Developments, the turbines will produce 30 per cent of some properties' electricity needs.
Denis Maddock, sales and marketing director for the company, told the New Builder: "It is clear a new approach to house building is needed in the UK given government targets on sustainability and energy ratings for homes.
"By incorporating wind turbines into the Heywood Gardens scheme we are using a renewable energy source which will significantly reduce the homes' dependency on the national grid."
The passing of the Energy Act into the statute books means that any excess electricity the wind turbines generate and export to the national grid will earn the properties an above-rate payment, or feed-in tariff.http://www.seddongroup.co.uk/case_studies.aspx?c=12
Improving the energy efficiency of homes was one of the main suggestions of the Committee for Climate Change's (CCC) report on meeting carbon emission targets.
The Hanway Gardens buildings are highly insulated and have structural insulated panels as interior walls, an advanced heat recovery system to reduce the energy used to heat the homes and super insulated hot water tanks.
According to the CCC's report Building a Low Carbon Economy, the biggest cut in residential emissions will come from energy efficiency.