The County Council built an energy efficiency edifice of 1,032m to replace an old nursery unit. It now serves as a nursery, a creche, as well as a meeting room complex. The local residents and prospective end users were requested to provide their input on the project before its initiation. This was in regard to use of the building, colour schemes and the needs of the local residents.
From the outset, it was decided, by the design team, that renewable and sustainable technologies would be included in the build.
The outcomes of this project included:
- 22kW ground source heat pumps.
- Solar photovoltaic panels for hot water, providing 1.25kWp.
- Electricity and heat recovery ventilation systems.
- Rain water harvesting system for toilet flushing purposes (20,000 litre storage).
The main benefits derived from this project are:
- An immediate reduction in carbon emissions.
- Very low running costs due to insulation and new technologies.
- Award won for the Best Public Building Energy - The National Energy Efficiency Awards (2007).
Funding for this project, which cost £2,200,000 was from the Big Lottery Fund, the Welsh Assembly Government, Cymorth, Job Centre Plus and the Childcare Strategy. This building has been very well looked-upon and a number of external bodies have visited the site in order to emulate practices employed by the Council. These bodies have included CIBSE, the University of Glamorgan, and Neath Port Talbot College.
Name: Gerald Israel
Title/role: Energy Manager
Organisation: Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Telephone: 07799 132160