London High Rise – Energy Saving Opportunities

The new London high-rises create unique opportunities to utilise energy saving, there are opportunities to maximise the benefits of district heating or centralised boiler systems. The ‘St Pauls Heights’ policy of 1937 put a limit on the heights of new builds protect London views, however new builds are actually on the rise in central and suburban locations around the capital. There’s an estimated 260 towers currently in construction or in the planning phase in the capital all between 20 and 60 storeys high.

Over 80% of these new towers are being built for residential use rather than the commercial buildings typically associated with new London builds. This news comes as a worry for those interested in the consumption of energy in the city. The towers under construction pose a unique opportunity to maximise floor space and reduce energy required for heating and cooling.

Most new residential buildings now utilise community heating or centralised boiler systems and can optimise the efficiencies offered by dense populations and enable the use of low carbon energy, combined heat and power enable companies to become eco-efficent and maximise energy saving.

New technologies such as microplate heat exchangers, cam highly accurate controls and provide a good system balance to ensure operations of the eco- system is as good as the design.

Tall builds system pressure becomes a major issue and in simple terms the system in use doesn’t tend to cause any issues however, the problems come with a 30storey building being nearly 100m high and some of these builds are due to be double that.

The technology of microplate heat exchanges mean that there is a reduction in the loss of pressure by 35%, resulting in smaller, more efficient exchanges of heat with minimal temperature loss as a result. This includes heat networks and centralised boiler plants. Saving money and energy as a result.


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BDC 305 Jun 2023