Renewables at the Blue Planet for JCB

In our previous post we described our office within the Genesis Centre and our closest neighbour is theBlue Planet Building which has even greener credentials and is the world’s first BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rated logistics building (BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment Assessment Method which is the world’s leading assessment method for buildings and sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design).

This amazing and distinctive logistics warehouse has cutting edge sustainable technology and has just been acquired as a distribution centre for JCB. They will be receiving parts from around the world with the aim of consolidating the distribution of components and will therefore reduce the number of lorries on the road.

Unfortunately the building does not utilise wind power but it does have a host of other means of onsite renewable energy generation including ETFE rooflights with implanted solar photovoltaic cells to optimise natural daylight, minimise light pollution at night and to generate power to use within the building. Special panels on the south elevation allow naturally heated air to be used for internal heating. A solar thermal hot water system pre heats water for use in the offices and the electrical power supply is supplemented by photovoltaic panels on the roof.

Besides the renewable energy features there are measures to also reduce energy usage and to save water. Like the LessCO~2 Limited office there is zonal under floor heating and energy efficient lighting linked to movement detectors. Thermal efficiency exceeds regulatory targets by 25% and utilisation of thermal mass within the offices provides heating and cooling savings.

It is not yet known whether JCB will take advantage of the additional features available but it seems likely that they will embrace the opportunity to lower their carbon footprint further with energy efficient lighting in the warehouse which is again linked to daylight saving controls and movement detectors, smart monitoring of electrical usage, a Biomass boiler facility to link with under floor heating in the warehouse and even kinetic energy plates on the site access roads which will produce power when driven over. Plus if JCB ever decide to add a wind turbine to one of their sites we are right next door to guide them through the whole installation process!

It is good to see the building will be occupied, new jobs will be created and the renewable advantages embraced. LessCO~2 Limited offer a warm welcome to JCB as our new neighbours.