Committed to a sustainable Net-Zero future, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is actively engaged in the ambitious mission of decarbonising its extensive portfolio of assets.
To accomplish this, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council approached Decerna to deliver a Heat Decarbonisation Plan for 47 properties; owned and operated by the council. Through this collaboration, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is taking a significant step towards modernising its infrastructure and setting a pioneering example for the community.
Outline & objectives
Decerna launched a study of 47 buildings within one month. Due to the extremely short timescales for the work, the following subcontractors worked with Decerna:
- Tomson Consulting Limited
- Carbon Alternatives Limited
- Energy-Flex Limited
- Infinitas Design Limited
The buildings included various sizes, ranging from a compact public toilet to a large-scale leisure centre. The project aligned with the UK Government SALIX programme’s definition of a Heat Decarbonisation Plan. Efforts within this initiative included:
- Site visits to all 47 buildings
- Review of recent decarbonisation, and future plans, for the buildings
- Heat network opportunity study
- Assessments of the existing heating systems
- Assessments of suitability for heat pumps, including sizing of systems
- Photovoltaic feasibilities for appropriate buildings
- Studies of the electrical grid connection possibilities for large loads (heat pumps) and generators (photovoltaics)
- Assessment of costs of improvements, and carbon savings
The work was completed as a major report to provide RCBC with the evidence base for future funding applications and to guide future work to decarbonise council buildings.