At the heart of Hanover

1. Sheep’s Wool Insulation, False Ceiling and Dimmable LED Lighting

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Main Roof of Hanover Centre

The Upper Hall is the main potential ‘insulation cap’ on the building, but sadly the building had no roof insulation at all. The large area of space up to the main pitched roof also increased the amount of space-heating required. Consequently large (and noisy) heaters are required to heat the space, sometimes even before the room is occupied. Roof insulation reduces heat losses from 28% to 19% of the energy lost, saving around 1/3, and provides more consistent warmth for users. Therefore this is one of the main priorities in reducing energy use.

What are we doing?

The Centre has agreed to install a false ceiling, and accept a key student Report recommendation to use sheep’s wool insulation. This kind of insulation has better performance in damp conditions (a key issue with this old building), and has lower embedded CO2 in production. The dropped ceiling dramatically reduces the volume of air to heat up, helps seal the room to reduce drafts, and the dimmable LED lighting enables flexible room use with much lower energy needs.

Our funding and supporters

These are major works and the detailed Building Control plans have been drawn up pro bono by Cityzen LLP, with the fee to submit the Plans covered by local business support from Butlers Wine Cellar. Further, the works to be undertaken around July 2013 by Total Design Ltd will be ‘at cost price’, using the bulk of the funds secured from The Southern Cooperative (£1,000), and the EDF Energy competition win (£10,000). 

Contributes to the following One Planet Living principles:

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Making buildings more energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies

How could insulation help you reduce energy use, costs and Co2 emissions?

See Energy Saving Trust: Roof and Loft Insulation