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Why The Move To Big Sustainability Starts With Water Heating

This September Adveco is supporting the Southern Sustainability Partnership at The Big Sustainability Expo taking place in Southampton on the 22nd. The Expo is dedicated to environmental management, corporate sustainability and the drive to net zero.

The Expo has a broad remit across corporate sustainability from energy procurement to green office supplies. Here at Adveco, our specialisation in domestic hot water applications (DHW) for commercial projects places us right in the centre of the sustainability mix, helping address carbon reduction and air quality through improved energy management and reduction, and leading the charge in innovating application designs that leverage renewable solar and air-source heat pumps as part of wider electrical and mechanical projects. Whether embracing new low-carbon building projects or supporting organisations with legacy buildings and infrastructure that want to introduce greater sustainability, we are positioned to support these goals. A very large proportion of our work, as a result, is bespoke and, as an independent company, we are able to recommend the best possible choice of appliances for optimal provision of often business-critical hot water services.

For more than 50 years Adveco has been the trusted, award-winning specialist when it comes to creating hot water systems for the building services industry. We are committed to partnering with our commercial and public sector customers, providing invaluable support from a single entity for the design, supply and then service of our applications, providing consistency from inception and on through the operational life. This is especially valuable as it places focus on reducing carbon and controlling costs not only in terms of capital investment but also for operational expenditure. It also means we can advise and adjust to adapt to new technologies as they become available and can be shown to have a practical advantage in striving for net zero by 2050.

Today, our applications are primarily built around air source heat pumps, solar thermal, direct electric and gas-fired water heaters and boilers. A wide range of thermal storage vessels and ancillaries support bespoke and hybrid system designs for new build and refurbishment projects. We can also bring all this technology together into either bespoke or pre-sized prefabricated hot water plant rooms. These are constructed off-site at our facilities and delivered ready for immediate installation, minimising the onsite requirements for plumbing and electrical connections. A plant room can now be delivered, installed and operational in a matter of days and often makes use of unused and wasted space, from rooftops to waste ground.

Looking forward, especially for those businesses already on gas, there is a strong potential for hydrogen blend and truly green hydrogen-based systems that hold the potential to take us to net zero faster and with less physical alteration to existing buildings, which translates to lower cost implementation and a ready familiarity for operating and maintaining services. Most modern gas appliances will already be capable of accepting the intended 20% hydrogen/natural gas blend currently being tested for the grid, whilst 100% hydrogen blend will form the second generation approach as services roll out nationally through the late 2030s and 2040s.

True sustainability for much of the UK’s commercial real estate will therefore be a longer-term project, but that doesn’t mean we can sit on our laurels. Every business can begin to make changes now that will have a more profound impact as we move closer to the 2050 deadline, small changes quickly aggregate into major shifts in the way you and your staff think and operate. Much focus has been placed on space heating, but, if this past summer heat wave is not an aberration but a symptom of global warming as most claim, then focus will inevitably shift from heating to cooling and indoor air quality (IAQ). Water heating however remains the exception that makes year-round demands on business no matter the weather conditions. For many, it is a necessity for day-to-day operations. Hot water provision is a major source of energy demand for some businesses, as much as 30% of the total energy usage, so if you are trying to decide where to begin investing efforts toward greater sustainability, water heating is going to be a good starting point. Addressing how hot water is generated to meet demands is a really sensible place to begin tackling sustainability issues, reducing energy usage and emissions in a practical, real-world manner right now and setting the agenda for positive investment in sustainability.

That all pays dividends, it is better for the environment, for staff and customers, and it’s good for business to be seen to be making a real investment in the future. Plus, you gain more modern, efficient and potentially more cost-effective building services which all help with the bottom line.

Come and speak to us on stand 99 in the Kingsland Suite at The Big Sustainability Expo about your hot water requirements. If you haven’t registered to attend you can do so for free here.