Concern & action: Complex installation
A system or feature which is technically complicated requires specialist installation, understanding by installer and needs accurate commissioning in order to function correctly. Diagnosis and correction of problems can be more difficult than those of simpler installations.
Ensure implications of complexity of system (e.g. new heating technology, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery requiring new ducting, space allocation, wiring, controls) are understood through out supply chain e.g. from briefing and design through to installation, completion and on-going occupation. Consider alternative, less complex installations. Take into account the occupancy regime (e.g. tenanted properties with high turnover of occupants, home owner occupier).
Select appropriately qualified installer (e.g. MCS qualification for renewable technologies). Installers need to be professional and provide a good level of customer interaction. Prepare and provide record of specific installation to consumer in a simple format.
Check installation matches design requirements as specified and feedback any discrepancies to installers and manufacturers.
Air source heat pumps
Ground/Water source heat pumps
Biomass stove with back boiler
Flue gas heat recovery devices
Solar water heating
Waste water heat recovery devices for showers
Communal heat generating system
Micro combined heat and power
Hot water cylinder insulation
Heating Distribution Refurbishment
Wet Under-floor heating
Communal Heat Distribution System and controls
Passive stack ventilation
Continuous mechanical extract ventilation
Continuous mechanical supply and extract ventilation with heat recovery
Passive stack ventilation with heat recovery
Passive stack ventilation with demand control ventilation
Continuous mechanical extract ventilation with demand control ventilation
Continuous mechanical supply and extract ventilation with heat recovery and with demand control ventilation
RELATED REFERENCES (8)
Warmer Bath: A guide to improving the energy efficiency of traditional homes in the city of Bath (2011)
Bath Preservation Trust & Centre for Sustainable Energy
Future Fit: Installation Phase in depth findings (2011)
Energy Heritage: A guide to improving energy efficiency in traditional and historic homes (2008)
Renewable Heritage: A guide to microgeneration in traditional and historic homes (2009)
Micro CHP Accelerator - final report (CTC788) (2011)
Guy,R. and Sykes,B.
Guide to building services for historic buildings -Sustainable services for traditional buildings (2002)
Conversion of Traditional Buildings Part 2 - sections 3 Enviroment & 6 Energy (2007)
Ed. Dennis Urquhart, Historic Scotland
Getting Warmer: a field trial of heat pumps (2010)
Energy Saving Trust