SUSTAINABILITY & WATER SAVING QUINN HIGHLIGHTS SOME OF THE FACTORS WHEN CHOOSING RADIATORS, HUNTER PLASTICS TALKS UP THE GREEN CREDENTIALS OF PVC AND PLUMB AND PARTS CENTER EXPLAINS WHY WATER EFFICIENCY IS KEY TO SUSTAINABILITY enquiry number 137 Wavin, supplier of water management, plumbing and drainage systems, has scooped top spot in the House Builder Product Awards 2013 for its drainage products, manufactured using its Recycore Technology. The company won the category for Best External Product and will now be put forward for the Best Overall Product award. The winning criteria included meeting cost and sustainability issues faced by builders. Recycore Technology allows drainage products to be manufactured with at least 50% recycled content, while providing identical properties and performance to their 100% virgin material counterparts, and at the same cost. Wavin developed the technology in response to demand from the market. Though ‘carbon in use’ dominates much of the thinking around sustainability, the leading house builders now recognise that conservation of resources and reducing embodied carbon are equally important pieces of the jigsaw. To give an indication of how Recycore Technology impacts on recycled content, using products made with Recycore Technology on a typical new-build housing development would mean that 33% of drainage materials in, above and below ground were recycled. Sime receives green energy scheme thumbs-up After improvements on efficiency, Sime’s Solida PL biomass boilers have been accredited under the prestigious Micro generation Certification Scheme (MCS). An internationally-recognised quality assurance initiative, supported by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), the scheme certifies micro regeneration technologies used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources meet demanding and established European quality and reliability standards. Mick Magon, managing director, Sime, said: “Our approval relates to the wood-pellet burning 5PL and 8PL+ Solida models and means consumers having these products installed are potentially eligible for highly attractive government incentives, including the Feed-In Tariff, Renewable Heat Incentive and Renewable Heat Premium Payment. “Benefits for house builders are that MCS-certified technologies comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes, which is mandatory for all new dwellings. They also include MCS certification being recognised in the Standard Assessment Procedures, the methodology the DECC uses to gauge and compare dwellings’ energy and environmental performances.” enquiry number 138 Space-saving solution for UK housing stock Green technology specialist, Stiebel Eltron UK, is launching a new HydroTower, designed specifically for the domestic and social housing market. The HydroTower is a combined 200 litre hot water cylinder with 75 litre buffer cylinder sat above it. This makes it a suitable space-saving water heating option for smaller terraced and semi-detached homes as well as apartments and flats. Mark McManus, Stiebel Eltron UK managing director, said: “The UK has the largest percentage of older housing stock in Europe and making these homes energy efficient can be a real challenge. “One of the biggest problems is a lack of space to fit green technology such as heat pumps and cylinders, which is why we have developed the new HydroTower combi hot water and buffer cylinder. The system runs extremely quietly and efficiently, is straight-forward for homeowners to programme and use, and requires very little maintenance.” The HydroTower is Stiebel UK’s first combined hot water and buffer cylinder, measuring just 2.02m in height and a diameter of 0.55m, with 3.2m2 indirect coil surface area and 1.5m3/h maximum heating flow rate. The HydroTower unit will work in conjunction with Stiebel Eltron’s WPL Air Source range, as well as the WPF Ground Source range. Recycore reigns supreme enquiry number 139 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY AUGUST 2013 53 Wavin’s George Gray (left) receiving the award from cricketer and test match special commentator, Ed Smith.
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