Low and zero carbon technologies (LZCs) are often needed to meet planning requirements in relation to a reduction in emissions or a contribution from low and zero carbon technologies. In addition to these requirements many clients opt to incorporate these technologies into their design to improve sustainability and reduce running costs. Finally, whilst we would encourage developments to meet Part L of the Building Regulations through energy efficient design with a strong emphasis on fabric performance, there are some instances where the addition of low and zero carbon technologies can be needed to gain compliance.
Our consultants are experienced in assessing the feasibility of a wide range of technologies including:
- Solar PV panels
- Solar thermal panels
- Wind turbines
- Air source heat pumps
- Ground source heat pumps
Working with your team we can determine your requirements and provide an assessment of the suitability of these technologies, helping you to understand what each option has to offer and how it would suit you needs. Our consultants will assess the location of your development and the surrounding spaces to ensure that available resources are identified for review. We are experienced at calculating payback periods and incorporating income from funding streams, where applicable, to allow you to make an informed decision.
Examples can be found here.
Renewable energy case studies
Blewburton prepared a energy and sustainability reports as part of a planning application for 12 apartments and a new club building.
Blewburton prepared a sustainability statement for a paragraph 79 development in South Downs National Park.
Blewburton modelled a representative sample of units in SAP and SBEM software to develop a picture of the 71-flat site’s performance. This allowed the design team to settle on a cost effective and efficient construction.
A traditional brickworks had a carbon-costly diesel-fired drying solution for the winter months. Blewburton Limited identified a system to allow the company to use nearby biomass to provide a cheaper and more carbon-efficient hot air solution instead.