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Sustainable heating and cooling - free to download guideSeptember 2013

In many non-residential buildings across Europe, the energy consumed for heating and cooling is more than half the total energy consumption of the building. This is not inevitable. The introduction of simple design concepts and currently available technologies can lead to significant reductions in the energy consumption, operating costs, and carbon emissions of both new and existing buildings.

BSRIA has authored a free to download guide on Sustainable Heating and Cooling of buildings for the European Copper Institute. This guide discusses some of the technologies and systems that can be installed into new buildings to provide more sustainable heating and cooling. It also considers how existing systems can be improved through retrofitting improved technology or simply adjusting control strategies to reduce waste. Watchpoints are included after each section to assist specifiers in assessing whether these technologies and systems might be feasible for their building.

The guidance is arranged in two parts: alternative low carbon technologies, and improving existing systems and covers:

Part 1 – Alternative Low Carbon Technologies:

  • Passive Building Options
  • Solar Thermal Technologies
  • Wind to Heat
  • Biofuels
  • Heat Pumps
  • Multi-generation Systems

Part 2 – Improving Existing Systems

  • Controls
  • Distribution of Heating and Cooling
  • Thermal Storage
  • Heat Recovery
  • Evaporative Cooling
  • Free Cooling
  • Electric Motors

Download a free copy of Sustainable Heating and Cooling.

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