The real talking point at Ecobuild was a recent independent report by NIFES Consulting Group, which compared Calor LPG with oil. The report showed that by replacing an old oil heating system with LPG, a building’s CO2 emissions can be cut by as much as 22%*.
“Ecobuild, which is the world’s largest exhibition for sustainability and the built environment, was a perfect platform for Calor to reveal these impressive findings,” said Paul Riding, Calor’s Head of Innovation.
“Proven carbon reductions of 22% certainly puts LPG in a very positive light, and visitors to our stand were clearly impressed at how well LPG does when replacing old oil systems.”
In terms of cost reduction, the NIFES report also showed that installing Calor LPG heating in domestic new build developments can save as much as £4,500* in the cost of each dwelling.
Visitors to the Calor stand were told that this was possible because LPG’s lower CO2 levels compared to oil meant that fewer emission mitigation measures – such as solar panels costing up to £3,450 – are needed to meet the current building regulations. Plus, if you add another £1,000 for a typical oil tank, the cost rises even more.
Calor is keen to promote LPG as a carbon and cost reducing fuel. But equally, LPG is a fuel that can work with a whole range of low carbon and renewable technologies, both domestically and commercially.
Whether condensing boilers or the more recent innovation of gas absorption heat pumps, Calor demonstrated at Ecobuild that LPG can fuel significant carbon reduction when refurbishing commercial buildings in non mains gas areas.
As for domestic technology, LPG boilers combined with solar are an obvious solution for developers. But with the inclusion of micro CHP – combined heat and power technology that not only provides heat but also produces electricity –developers have an alternative solution in meeting current building regulations. At Ecobuild, the Energetix Kingston micro CHP unit was featured on the Calor stand – an innovative, cost effective appliance due for launch within the next 12 months.
“As the UK’s leading LPG distributor, we think our presence at Ecobuild sent a very strong environmental message to the market place. LPG is proven to be a cleaner fuel than oil and when you combine it with low carbon and renewable technologies, the carbon reductions and cost savings really start to stack up.” said Paul Riding.
*Quoted figures are based on specific circumstances.
Further information is available at www.calor.co.uk/
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