Hi-tech roofing ‘will reduce heating costs’

YSGOL BRO PEDR in Lampeter was successfully selected to host a Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration (SBED) Project.

The project involved the installation of a Transpired Solar Collector (TSC) on the roof of the main school building. TSCs use solar power to heat air before directing it into the building. The system is expected to reduce Gas heating costs at the site by approximately £2,000 per year, saving in the region of 14 t/CO2. Ceredigion is one of only two Local Authorities in Wales selected to host one of these demonstration projects, which has been fully supported by the Welsh European Funding Office.

The project has been undertaken by Cardiff University, in partnership with Tata Steel, and the installations’ performance will be monitored going forward by the University.

An event was held in Lampeter Leisure Centre on 4 December last year. The aim of the event was to share the knowledge and experience learnt from the installation. Speakers included representatives from Cardiff University, TATA Steel, Ceredigion County Council and also the School. A pupil from Ysgol Bro Pedr gave an excellent presentation to the audience of about 30 delegates, detailing how the installation complemented the work being undertaken by the school’s Eco-Committee and how it would benefit the school. The event closed with a site visit to observe the installation.

Councillor Alun Williams, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport told The Herald: “I’m delighted that this innovative project has taken place in Ceredigion. We are developing a reputation as a Council that is prepared to actively support ground-breaking renewable energy projects such as these and it’s great to see this scheme through to completion. We will continue to look for similar progressive energy projects to take our carbon management plan forward into the future.”

The SBED Project provides energy and carbon savings, which links with work already being undertaken as part of the Council’s Carbon Management Plan 2012/13 to 2016/17.

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