Gas-powered heat pump helps achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’
Oceanair’s GHP (gas-powered heat-pump system) has been installed in a fire station that has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. It provides high-efficiency air conditioning for Carlton Fire Station near Nottingham. The station also has a green sedum roof to help keep it cool in Summer and warm in Winter and which also delays the release of rainwater to reduce the impact on drains during flooding.
This new £3.5 million fire station replaces an old station that had been in service for 50 years. Ocean designed, supplied and installed the system. Consulting M&E engineers were EP Consulting.
Tony Evanson, managing director of Oceanair, explains, ‘With pressure on energy costs, a shortage of electrical power in many areas and growth in interest in alternative approaches, we have seen significant expansion in our business.’
The company has recently delivered a number of GHP-based air-conditioning installations for use in the public sector — including applications in hospitals, schools, care homes, libraries and sports centres. One of its air-to-water heat pumps was recently installed at the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth in Wales.