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New guide addresses heat decarbonisation in schools

Baxi Commercial Solutions has published a new guide with the aim of supporting schools in setting achievable pathways to more sustainable heat.

Heating is one of the UK’s primary sources of emissions, accounting for around a third of the nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Decarbonising heat in buildings is therefore key to achieving the UK’s ambitious 2050 net zero target. But it’s a huge challenge and one that can be particularly problematic in existing school buildings.

The Baxi guide entitled Schools and the Heat Decarbonisation Challenge assesses the different heating technologies, solutions and approaches that will need to be available to schools to reduce heat-associated energy usage and emissions in their buildings while prioritising performance and practicality.

The free to download guide explores the currently available options to achieve more sustainable heating in older primary and secondary school buildings, outlines the value of planning phased refurbishment programmes to achieve optimal outcomes and long-term goals, and illustrates the achievable carbon and energy savings from a stepwise approach.

Andy Green, Director at Baxi Commercial Solutions said: “As heat experts, we understand the issues that schools are up against when tackling heat decarbonisation in their buildings, particularly with the energy crisis squeezing already tight budgets. 

“Ultimately, the goal is to transition to low carbon heating technology such as heat pumps. But school buildings are often complex projects for refurbishment. Estates and facilities managers, consultant engineers, M&E contractors and installers can face an array of issues, with time, budget, available power and physical space just some of the typical limitations.” 

Using smart simulation software, the Baxi guide analyses the achievable energy and carbon savings from a phased refurbishment programme in theoretical secondary and primary schools. The simulated stages include initial measures to improve energy efficiency, the installation of a more efficient, future-ready system, and a multivalent approach involving air source heat pumps to decarbonise a large portion of the annual heat demand.

Green added: “The heat decarbonisation challenge is far from new, but the energy and climate crises make it clear that we in the heating industry need to act now to help UK schools progress towards more sustainable, affordable heat. Ensuring robust design practice is key. By working together, heating manufacturers and professionals can help schools get the most from their heating budget while ensuring best practice for heat decarbonisation.  

“It’s essential that schools understand all the available options to drive down heat-related energy consumption in their buildings. Full decarbonisation may not necessarily happen overnight, but, as our report shows, there is considerable value to be gained from taking even the first few steps on their pathway.” 

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