Europe’s largest heat pump system, located at London’s latest shopping centre One New Change, has gone live.
Climate Change minister Greg Barker unveiled the system, which incorporates 60km of pipework and is claimed to reduce the carbon emissions of the building by at least ten per cent and save £300,000 on energy bills annually
On opening the renewable energy technology, Mr Barker said: “This is British innovation at its best, using the earth’s natural resources to solve our energy needs.
“Extracting warmth from the ground underneath London will help save on the building’s heating bills and will cut carbon.”
An intelligent control device enables the system to redirect heat from warmer to colder areas, improving the eight-floor building’s energy efficiency.
The system is the product of three years’ work between British developers Geothermal International and building owner Land Securities, and is expected to save the UK’s largest commercial property company 350 tonnes of CO2 a year.
In addition to the large-scale system, the building has solar-controlled glass, reducing the need for air conditioning, and green roof terraces to encourage biodiversity.
It has also received an ‘excellent’ sustainability rating under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, which could signal the future of commercial buildings in achieving sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.
One New Change’s green technologies fits in with Land Securities’ target of cutting carbon emissions from its properties by 30 per cent over the next decade, a goal which has seen it conduct geothermal trials in a number of its properties during the last seven years.
Francis Salway, Land Securities’ chief executive, said he hoped One New Change would inspire other companies to deploy similar sustainable building designs.