A number of measures have been taken to reduce the carbon footprint of our non-domestic buildings, in line with the Carbon Reduction Plan, including:
- Roof replacement completed at Riverside Leisure Centre to provide for 124kW solar PV array, completed in January 2023.
- Construction of St Sidwell’s Passivhaus leisure centre, opened in Spring 2022. Passivhaus adopts a whole-building approach with clear, measured targets, focused on high-quality construction, certified through an exacting quality assurance process. With a 70% average annual energy and carbon saving potential, the building is a grand design and has been modelled to withstand predicted change in climate up to 2080. Building biology is at the forefront of the design, and due to the selection of materials and design of the internal environment, customers can enjoy improved air quality, optimal air temperatures and natural lighting.
- Building Management System (BMS) upgrade and Energy Management Information system installed in 2021 to better identify projects and measure improvements.
- Replacement of old oil boilers in Civic Centre and Corn Exchange with gas boilers in 2015, with space left as a result of clearing existing oil tanks at Civic Centre providing new secure bike storage for staff, encouraging sustainable travel.
- Low energy LED lighting installed in Civic Centre and in 3 city centre car parks in 2014 – Harlequins, Mary Arches, and Cathedral and Quay, resulting in circa 60% reduced energy consumption in the car parks, allowing car parks to run solely on renewable PV-generated energy during summer months.
- Construction of the highly energy efficient Ark Store, the off-site Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s (RAMM) collection store in 2007