At the heart of Hanover

Environment

The Carbon RACE was an 18 month project started in 2012 to reduce energy use in the building and has raised awareness of how to reduce energy use in people’s homes by involving them in insulating the Centre, and by holding public meetings. The practical steps taken, and some possibilities mapped for the future such as the green roof and solar panels, are illustrated here.

To reduce energy and the associated CO2 emissions an energy audit was undertaken, and work with students from the University of Brighton helped us develop an Energy Descent Plan. University funding allowed us to install smart-metering to measure gas, electricity and water use in real time. We can show energy use as a daily readout on the information screen, as well as recording data over time on the impact of insulation and reduced energy use in a real community building – informing teaching and stimulating student research.

The Victorian building is built in the same way as many houses in the local area, with substantial challenges in reducing CO2 and improving the comfort of users. We hope that learning from the Centre will enable you to play your part in reducing energy use and the CO2 emissions that are increasingly impacting on the Hanover community and many other communities around the world.

You can find news about environmental work in Hanover and improvements to the Hanover Centre in the Posts below (sign-up to keep in touch with developments):

Hanover Centre Improvements

Hanover Centre Improvements...

We had wanted to get rid of our old heaters for a long time - they were inefficient, noisy and expensive to run. Thanks to a grant for part of the cost from L[...]

Zero Carbon Britain

Zero Carbon Britain...

How can we in Hanover play our part in moving towards a zero-carbon Britain? Come along to hear a panel of experts and join in the discussion - 7:30pm to 9:00pm[...]

We are an Eco Open House Again

We are an Eco Open House Again...

This year’s Eco Open Houses in Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas will take place on 18-19 October and 25-26 October. The Hanover Centre is part of this event on t[...]

Carbon RACE Update

Carbon RACE Update...

Paul from Hanover 10:10 has updated his slide-show about where we've got to in our project to increase energy efficiency in the Hanover Centre. Click here to view it as a pdf file. You'll s[...]

New Ceiling – Finished!

New Ceiling - Finished!...

Our new ceiling was finished - on time - on Friday 6th December, ready for the parties who were booked in for the weekend. The photos below show the final stages,[...]

New Ceiling – Thursday

New Ceiling - Thursday...

While SpacePlace was going on downstairs the builders were busy above. By lunchtime the grid was being filled with ceiling panels and the wool insulation was going in: The bright red[...]

Our New Ceiling – Work Starts!

Our New Ceiling - Work Starts!...

At last we've been able to start work on our new insulated ceiling. It has been a long road since Paul Norman of HASL's 10:10 group won the £10,000 from EDF [...]

Environmental Improvements to the Centre

Environmental Improvements to the Centre...

The Carbon RACE was an 18 month project started in 2012, to reduce energy use in the building. The Carbon RACE means Reduction, Awareness and Community Engagement and has raised awareness of how to[...]

Carbon Reduction in 2013

Carbon Reduction in 2013...

I know we keep going on about it, but we're still excited that Paul Norman of Hanover 10:10 won £10,000 from EDF Energy that he is putting towards carbon reduction [...]

Wine & Design Support our Ceiling

Wine & Design Support our Ceiling...

Not so bizarre as it sounds - Paul Norman of Hanover 10:10 won £10,000 towards insulating our roof by putting in a new ceiling, and the Southern Co-operative and Total Design S[...]

Warmer Hanover Houses

Warmer Hanover Houses...

A free exhibition with presentations and discussions about how to improve insulation values in Hanover homes. Hanover Centre, 1st November 2012, from 3.30pm How can we make Hanover houses warmer? Can we wrap[...]

£10,000 Prize

£10,000 Prize...

[box title="We Won!" color="#f87e02"]It was very close at the end, but your votes made Paul EDF's Champion, winning us £10,000 to spend improving the Hanover Centre.[/box] We'll bring you much more news about th[...]

Latest News on Bid to Win £10,000

Latest News on Bid to Win £10,000...

We only have a few days left to win £10,000 to help improve the Hanover Centre. We're leading the competition, but the others will surely make a push in the [...]

Vote for Hanover

Vote for Hanover...

EDF Energy are running a competition to find a local energy reduction hero. The hero with the biggest vote gets the £10,000 prize. Hanover's own hero is Paul Norman, a [...]

HASL AGM

HASL AGM...

Wednesday 27th June, 7:30pm, at The Hanover Pub Be there![...]

Volunteer Insulators Needed!

Volunteer Insulators Needed!...

We need you at the Community Centre on Sun 17th June (10am - 2pm). As part of the Hanover Centre Carbon RACE we are holding our second Volunteer Insulation Event! Following the successful [...]

Volunteer Insulation Event

Volunteer Insulation Event...

Learn how to fit energy saving measures on 22 April, 9.30am- 12.30pm, at the Hanover Centre, Southover Street, Brighton This is your chance to contribute to the Hanover Centre Carbon RACE[...]

Energy Usage Report

Energy Usage Report...

In March we received a detailed study of the Hanover Centre's energy usage from local architectural and energy consultancy firm Cityzen LLP. You can read a summary here. Many of the easy, short-term, measures we[...]

The University

The University...

Name: Dr Jon Gates, Lecturer, University of Brighton. Background:  “I undertook my first degree in Building Surveying and this gave me a love for buildings especially historic buildings. This instilled in me the[...]

Student Team

Student Team...

The following details the students, their personal work programme within the overall project, and motivation to volunteer. Student: Matt Jones. Work programme (Jan.-June):  Poster and leaflet design for launch and dissemination events and de[...]

Carbon RACE

Carbon RACE...

The Hanover Centre Carbon Reduction Awareness and Community Engagement (RACE) project, is a Hanover10:10 Project based on a three-way partnership between the Hanover Community Association, the University of Brighton and Hanover10:10 (an action group of Hanover Action for Sustainable Living - HASL). [...]

Student Projects

Student Projects...

After more than six months' joint work between the Hanover10:10 action group and the Hanover Community Association, we drew in the University of Brighton to launch the Student Projects on[...]

Wall Insulation

Wall Insulation...

Brighton & Hove 10:10 working with our local Hanover:1010 action group, secured government funding for a feasibility study to show residents what their street would look like if all the[...]

Cut Your Energy Bills – Free Event

Cut Your Energy Bills – Free Event...

Brighton & Hove 1010 invite you to come along on Saturday 10th March to learn about saving energy in your home and collect a free energy saving pack. Included in these[...]

Growing Gathering
Warm Home Drop-in With Freebies

Warm Home Drop-in With Freebies...

Hanover Community Association, Hanover Action for Sustainable Living and the University of Brighton are joining forces to help make Hanover homes warmer. Find out how to get a free home energy[...]

Energy Saving in Hanover

Energy Saving in Hanover...

Great News for the Hanover Centre Carbon RACE - Hanover 10:10 has secured funding for 200 energy saving packs worth £100 each! These will include 'energy monitors' and simple, easy [...]

IS GROWTH THE ANSWER?

IS GROWTH THE ANSWER?...

Caroline Lucas MP will join HASL (Hanover Action for Sustainable Living) for a short film and a debate on "Is Growth the Answer to our Economic Troubles?" Come along, hear Britain's first [...]

Our New Environmental Policy

Our New Environmental Policy...

We have adopted a new Environmental Policy that establishes a few principles and sets out some of the issues we need to deal with. The policy was developed with the[...]

Catching the Sun – Renewable Energy in Hanover

Catching the Sun - Renewable Energy in Hanover...

Join Hanover Action for Sustainable Living and the 10:10 Campaign to find out more about how you can save money - AND get paid - for producing solar energy! Catching the[...]

10:10 in Hanover

10:10 in Hanover...

The Hanover Centre will be the hub for Brighton's 10:10:10 day of action with information and advice to help you cut your carbon emissions. This is part of 10:10, an[...]

Dawn Chorus in Queens Park

Dawn Chorus in Queens Park...

Feel like an early start? Rise with the birds on Saturday 8th May at 5:30am! The Friends of Queens Park, Kim the Park Ranger and RSPB for Brighton invite you to[...]

Queens Park Petition

Queens Park Petition...

Children and dogs have had their own separate areas in Queens Park for 30 years. This amicable arrangement has allowed fair use of the park by everyone, but now there is[...]

Seed Bomb Workshop!

Seed Bomb Workshop!...

On 17th March Josie Jeffrey will be at the Hanover Centre to show grown-ups how to make seed bombs.  Come along and make a seed bomb with an edible salad [...]

Hanover Centre opens Bug Hotel

Hanover Centre opens Bug Hotel...

While we were tidying up the Hanover Centre garden last autumn we decided to make a bug hotel to help our creepy-crawlies through the winter. It may not look that[...]

InTheBag

InTheBag...

On Saturday October 13th, shoppers in the George Street area of Hove were surprised to be offered home-made reusable shopping bags in return for a pledge to turn down at[...]

Nature Notes

Nature Notes...

Autumn - Season of Orb Spiders Many of us will have plump 10-12mm female Garden Spiders (Araneus diedematus) hanging head-down in the centre of enormous orb webs in our gardens at[...]

New Climate Change Bill

New Climate Change Bill...

I am trying to raise awareness about a Bill coming to Parliament probably in early November. This is the Climate Change Bill, and the government is keen to see a[...]