Renewable energy strategy report

Production of a CIBSE TM38 report.

Contract Value: not disclosed
Date: 2009
Local Authority: London

CONTEXT

Many building owners and developers are increasingly requesting independent advice on the most appropriate renewable energy alternatives for schemes.

Specifying the right solution is a requirement for many building contracts subject to Unitary Development Plans, and in London more specifically the preparing an Energy Strategy report would generally be sufficient to meet the GLA's requirements for referable projects.

THE CHALLENGE

Not all renewable energy solutions are suitable for a given building. Choosing the most appropriate appropriate low or zero carbon (LZC) energy solution at the very earliest stages of design is important to save time, money and energy usage - both at construction and throughout the lifetime of the scheme.

OUR SOLUTION

Renewable energy sources for buildings (TM38) is a CIBSE publication produced as part of the CIBSE's response to a growing need to reduce carbon emissions from buildings. The guidance aimed at developers, planners, designers and building owners enables them to consider integrated renewable energy systems at this early stage.

For engineers, the associated software tool is a useful means of quantifying the most viable energy renewable options for a scheme in a format that is both objective and accessible to the client.

Consolux employs a CIBSE-registered Low Carbon Consultant who was able to advise our London-based client on the range of renewable energy options available such as solar thermal, photovoltaic, combined heat and power (CHP) and wind power.

Our calculations suggested that in this particular scenario, solar thermal, wind power and combined heat and power should be considered, whereas wind power should be discounted.

The associated spider diagram generated by the software is illustrated top right of this webpage (click to enlarge).

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