BioRegional provides energy strategies for both new and existing buildings from small scale to masterplans. Sustainable energy objectives can best be met if energy options are considered as early on in the design process as possible. This ensures that plans can accommodate district heating if required, buildings are designed to be energy efficient and space for renewable energy is allowed for.
BioRegional’s energy team can provide the following services to help meet and exceed national, regional and local planning requirements related to sustainable energy:
- energy strategies for new build and regeneration projects (considering passive design, energy efficiency, decentralised energy generation and renewable energy). Providing costs, energy/carbon savings and delivery mechanisms
- biomass option appraisals for developments (identifying feasibility, storage options, fuel supply and energy/carbon savings)
- strategies for district energy networks (appraising feasibility, energy centre size and energy sources, including existing sources of energy that could be used)
- independent renewable energy options appraisals (compliant with Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM requirements). More on technical support.
BioRegional provided advice for Greenpeace to help them refurbish their Victorian-age UK headquarters to achieve zero carbon emissions. Behaviour change measures were suggested alongside improvements to the building fabric and upgrades to the heating system. A cost versus carbon benefit analysis was undertaken identifying which measures should be taken forward. Renewable energy technologies were investigated to meet the building’s remaining electricity and heating demand. For these technologies, a net present value analysis was carried out to take into account long term running costs and fuel bill savings. The sustainability of different materials that could be used in the refurbishment was also assessed to ensure that any refurbishment minimised embodied energy.
Future Brixton Masterplan
Client: London Borough of Lambeth
BioRegional undertook an energy appraisal of the existing masterplan for the regeneration of Brixton Town Centre. Through workshops with the design team we highlighted the energy opportunities presented by the regeneration, for example for integrating district energy networks. BioRegional then developed an energy strategy for the masterplan. This focussed on retrofitting energy efficiency into existing buildings, incorporating passive design into new developments and assessing the renewable energy and district energy options in the area. These activities drew on our experience of working in other regeneration areas such as Middlesbrough, Masdar City and Dublin.
Bicester Energy Strategy
Client: Cherwell District Council
BioRegional through our role as Sustainability Integrators for the Bicester Eco Town have provided support for the energy strategy for both the Masterplan and the detailed planning application for the first phase. We ensured that the energy strategy would meet all the energy related eco town requirements and that all options were considered to deliver the most sustainable solution for the site. A district energy network is currently proposed for the eco town along with high standards of energy efficiency and solar photovoltaic panels. BioRegional are also investigating whether a smart grid could be set up in Bicester.