Greendykes Road, located in the town of Craigmillar, Edinburgh, is a residential development that was recently constructed on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council comprising 75 affordable homes.
The project is an important part of the ongoing regeneration of the wider Craigmillar area and represents over £9m of investment by the Council, with support from the Scottish Government.
It is one of several large-scale housing projects to be constructed in the city as part of authority’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan, which aimed to reduce carbon emissions in new build homes by 42% by 2020 and forms part of a wider affordable housing programme that will see up to 20,000 homes constructed by 2030. In doing so, the Council has reviewed more energy efficient and renewable technologies to assist in reducing carbon emissions including district heating networks. The responsibility of its installation at Greendykes was Arc-Tech’s working in partnership with Main Contractor, CCG.
The district heating network serves the development from an onsite Energy Centre which houses a gas-fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit and gas-fired boilers.
Designed by Hawthorne Boyle, the network naturally functions at a lower temperature than standard systems which reduces heat wastage and minimises heat loss. The use of more efficient heat will provide a range of benefits ensuring long term energy savings for future occupants with open protocol smart meters installed to every property to monitor and manage usage.
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