Energy costs will be well below par for new clubhouse at St Andrews

Underfloor heating served by a ground-source heat pump is among energy-efficient services in a new clubhouse at St Andrews.
The energy needed to provide heating and cooling for a new clubhouse for the golf club at St Andrews Links will be substantially reduced following the installation of a new system from Mitsubishi Electric. Much of the energy saving will be achieved by using heat extracted from the kitchen to heat other parts of the building. The new heat-pump system was specified by Specialist Mechanical Services (SMS), which will also install it. Graeme Fox, managing director of SMS, explains, ‘One of the main benefits in having the system is that there will be a considerable heat rejection from the kitchen area, which will be recovered through the system to provide heating in other areas of the building, either directly through the VRF system or indirectly through the ground loops. Running costs for the heating system should therefore be very low. ‘We originally planned to fit a ground-source heat pump feeding underfloor heating only. We visited Mitsubishi Electric’s Hatfield office to see the City Multi ground-source units working and decided that simultaneous heating and cooling, with heat recovery — all supplied by ground source — was the best option. This clubhouse is part of a new development — a new seventh Castle Course being built on the outskirts of the town. Its 1000 m2 will include changing rooms, restaurant, shop and a caddie office. It is a circular construction overlooking Kirdle Ness and is built over the site of the original Kinkell Castle, which gives the course its name. The course and clubhouse are due to open in June 2008.
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