News & Media

How can your GP surgery save energy?

14.01.2019

With the average GP surgery open 10 or more hours a day, your buildings naturally use more energy, especially larger community health centres. Being able to create your  own power within your building is one way to reduce the impact of your energy use.

Big Energy Saving Week looks at how households can save themselves thousands of pounds by making a few simple changes – but why should this be exclusive to home? One element of the NHS Five-year Forward View looked at ways to make primary care buildings more sustainable.

We’ve looked at five of our developments for ideas:

pjimage-2

  1. Ardudwy Health Centre, Harlech

At the time of development Harlech was our most sustainable property with a range of elements installed that will reduce energy. The first was a structural insulated panel (SIPS)insulated timber frame which create thermal efficiency for the practice, keeping heat in the building.  The building also features a 4MW biomass boiler using wood pellets for fuel which can reduce c02 emissions by as much as 4,500 tonnes each year. The energy created can be used as standalone measures or can be sold back to the government.

  1. Victoria Park, Leicestershire

Our Victoria Park medical centre in Leicestershire uses air source heat pumps (ASHP) in their building. These heat pumps take heat from the air outside and use it to heat the building. This heat can then be used to power radiators, underfloor heating systems, water heating and more.

  1. Stow Development, Gloucestershire

Our developments in Stow in Gloucestershire, will use ground source heating. Ground source heating pumps are perfect for new builds or refurbished health facilities where a constant heat load is required.  Ground source heat pumps use pipes buried in the ground to extract heat. This heat can then be used to heat radiators, air heating systems and hot water. The building will also benefit from solar panels which generate electricity from sunlight.

  1. Sudbury Community Health Centre, Sudbury

Sudbury Community Health Centre uses passive infrared sensors (PIR sensor) which are connected to the lights throughout the building. These sensors detect motion meaning lights are only on when the room is in use. As the lights are all on a timer, this saves the practice energy as they don’t have to remember to turn them off throughout the day when the room isn’t in use.

  1. West Gorton Medical Centre, Greater Manchester

West Gorton Medical centre is one of the lowest-energy buildings that we have developed. The whole centre was created with environmental features to reduce heating and lighting costs. The new surgery building uses sustainable design to cut running costs for heating and lighting.