Renewables are now becoming a more common part of an architect’s brief, and here at ACA we have worked on a wide range of projects employing renewable technologies, including:
- Geothermal heat pumps
- Air source heat pumps
- Solar Thermal panels
- Photovoltaic panels
- Wood burning stoves
- Wind turbines
The UK government has an agenda to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, moving to a more energy efficient, low-carbon economy will help us meet this target. It also wants to increase the amount of energy which comes from renewable sources, becoming less reliant on imported fossil fuels and less exposed to higher energy prices in the future.
By 2020 the target is to achieve 15% of final energy consumption from renewable sources.
One major advantage with the use of renewable energy is that as it is renewable it is therefore sustainable and so will never run out.
Even more importantly, renewable energy produces little or no waste products such as carbon dioxide or other chemical pollutants, so has minimal impact on the environment.
Renewable energy has the potential to bring economic benefits with lower flue bills and also to subsidise income with returns over a relatively short period of time.
The potential for the creation of small scale sustainable energy is huge in Northern Ireland.
Each source of renewable energy has unique benefits and costs.