Harrogate’s Academy Health Club07/12/2015
Green energy workout reduces carbon footprint of Academy Health Club
A green energy makeover will reduce the carbon footprint of Harrogate’s Academy Health Club by 306 tonnes per year, equivalent to the environmental benefit of removing more than 100 cars from the roads.
The luxury health and fitness club has partnered with energy management specialist ENER-G to replace its ageing energy infrastructure, which was becoming increasingly unreliable. Old boilers, pumps and lighting are being replaced with highly efficient new systems that will reduce energy bills as well as carbon emissions.
An initial site energy audit undertaken by ENER-G to explore possible energy efficiency measures also showed that The Academy could cut its water bill. This will further improve its green performance by introducing special tap and shower controls to reduce consumption.
The Academy has shown that going green makes good financial sense, since the carbon saving energy efficiency improvements will pay for themselves in lower bills.
As such, ENER-G has funded all the capital costs of the new building services infrastructure via a ten-year energy services agreement that guarantees minimum energy savings. The club will repay the investment as it saves over the ten year period.
The Academy approached ENER-G to conduct a combined heat and power (CHP) feasibility study of the site to look at how a CHP system could help save energy. After carrying out an on-site survey, ENER-G advised that CHP wasn’t the optimum solution for the site at this time but could be considered in the future.
The energy infrastructure was in need of significant update, with varying availability and reliability issues from the on-site boilers. Additionally the indoor tennis court lighting was becoming increasingly intermittent and difficult to replace.
ENER-G is replacing the existing heating system with five new 200kW boilers. The next stage is the upgrade and replacement of the current lighting scheme that is serving the main building and indoor tennis court area. This is to be replaced with a new high efficiency lighting solution, consisting of a mixture of 1,052 LED and high efficiency fluorescent fittings.
The energy efficiency measures will reduce the site’s electrical demand by 288,382 kWe per year, providing a stable base-load both electrically and thermally, thus ensuring that any future CHP installation would be optimally sized and future proofed.
CHP systems require regular, periodic maintenance and inspection. Every unit requires a service after a predetermined amount of running hours. Units typically require between 6 to 10 services a year dependent upon operation. The service procedures vary throughout the year from replacing and recalibrating components to oil and filter changes. CHP units use gas as a fuel and are therefore subject to the Gas Safe Regulations.
An integral part of our CHP units is the on-board computer. The computer’s function is to provide optimised safe and efficient operation of the CHP unit. The computer also provides a two-way communication channel between your CHP unit and the ENER-G service centre, allowing live system operational monitoring and full historic data retrieval.
In addition, in the event of system faults, ENER-G service centre can receive an SOS signal from the unit, run remote diagnosis, rectify problems and schedule an engineer if necessary.
Remote monitoring reduces operational downtime and maintains client savings whilst generating monthly performance reports and offering customers the opportunity to log on and monitor operation and savings.