Commonwealth Games Selected as Shining Light of Sustainable Energy Schemes

The Glasgow-led STEP UP project, which promotes excellence in energy planning, has identified the award-winning 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village as an exemplar lighthouse project' that will have a significant impact on changing perceptions of what can be achieved using sustainable energy sources.

The Village is being built on behalf of Glasgow City Council by property consortium City Legacy, which includes CCG, Cruden, Mactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm.

In July 2013, Vital Energi gave representatives from the European-funded STEP UP (Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning) project a guided tour of the £10 million low carbon community heating scheme, that it has designed and built for the Village.

The visit was arranged so that members of STEP UP could get a clear understanding of how community energy systems work and the benefits they bring to energy providers and residents in terms of cutting carbon and cutting costs. 

Vital Energi showed STEP UP members around the energy centre, which it has designed to be powered by modern Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology, and the Hydraulic Interface Units (HIUS) which it has fitted into each property to control the supply of heat and hot water.

The energy centre will provide heat and power via pre-insulated district heating pipes to the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the 704-home Athletes' Village, a 120 bed care home for the elderly and 750 additional new homes which are part of the Legacy phase of the project. At 28,000 metres, it is one of the largest district heating networks ever installed for a new development.

The £3 million STEP UP project aims to accelerate the development of innovative energy projects throughout Europe to tackle the Europe 202 0 energy targets. It is led by the University of Strathclyde in partnership with Glasgow City Council, ScottishPower and the northern European cities of Gothenburg, Ghent and Riga.

Ian Whitelock, joint managing director, commented: "We are delighted that our low carbon community energy system for Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games is receiving such recognition and approbation.

"We always welcome the opportunity to show interested parties around our installations so that we can demonstrate the specialist expertise required to design and build a successful community energy system and spread the word about the multiple benefits of sustainable energy."

Calum Murray, director of CCG and City Legacy, commented: "The scale of this development is enormous. It is the largest urban regeneration of its kind in the UK and will totally transform the East End of Glasgow.  This is a great example of what can be achieved in terms of sustainable energy on a large development project.  The cost and carbon savings for individual residents, and collectively, will make a huge impact on household bills and on the environment."

The Athletes' Village recently won the award for Best Green Initiative at the prestigious Homes for Scotland Awards 2013. Around 6500 athletes and officials will stay in the Village during the games which have been billed as the ‘greenest games ever’.  The new homes are being built to achieve "eco homes excellent" standard.

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