As green building practices and carbon emissions become more important — not only for environmental reasons, but also for cost savings, new products supporting this philosophy are popping up everywhere. This wealth of product information can be tedious for the building professional to sort through. The transpired solar collector, however, is one that deserves the attention of the savvy building envelope consultant. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has called transpired collectors “the most reliable, best-performing, and lowest-cost solar heating for commercial and industrial buildings available on the market today.” (DOE/GO-10098-558, 1998.)
On 1st April 2010, the government’s CRC Energy Efficiency (Carbon Reduction Commitment) legislation came into effect.
The CRC Energy Efficiency legislation applies to all companies with at least one electricity meter settled on the half-hourly market. Organisations who consumed more than 6,000 megawatt-hours of half hourly metered electricity in 2008 will be required to participate fully in the scheme.
As a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review and 2011 Budget, participants must purchase allowances for each tonne of carbon emissions generated through energy use. The initial cost of CRC allowances will be set at £12/tonne.
Transpired solar collectors is the most cost effective way to reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions. The technology can save up to 50% on fuel bill for manufacturing plants, heated warehousing, schools and many more applications.
Visit www.transpiredsolarcollectors.co.uk a information site aimed to educate the concept and benefits of using the technology.