Work has finished on the Energy Centre, which will power hundreds of homes at the Glasgow 2014 Athletes’ Village.
The Energy Centre will provide hot water for over 700 homes, as well as the Emirates Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the 120-bed care home on the site.
The 590-square-metre building houses a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine, three boilers and a thermal store. There is also capacity for a further CHP engine, boiler and thermal store to accommodate future expansion of the Athletes’ Village after the Games.
The centre will help Glasgow 2014 to achieve two key sustainability commitments – to reduce waste and to lower carbon emissions through sustainable development and living.
During the Games, the Athletes’ Village will be an ideal base for Games participants, who will be able to enjoy a relaxing and attractive semi-rural environment. They will be living in accommodation built using sustainable materials, which will be rated under the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Management) Code for Sustainable Homes once completed. This is a voluntary measurement rating for green buildings, which sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation.
Not only will the Athletes’ Village help participants to prepare for the Games, it will also provide accommodation for those who take residence in the area after the Games.
As well as reduced heating bills, residents will have a constant supply of heating and hot water. Each house will have a heat meter, rather than an individual boiler, and will pay for the energy they use rather than receiving estimated bills.