On the way up from South Wales yesterday i popped in for a quick meeting with Paul Boland the General Manager at Llanerchaeron. Paul was doing green stuff at Llanerchaeron before it was fashionable but from a perspective of pragmatism, economics, management and it was the right thing to do.
His office which is in the old Head Gardeners house got a little bit of a make over a couple of years ago. Some insulation, invisible secondary glazing on the sash windows, little bit of LED lights and a whizz bang new CO2 high heat air source heat pump (air to water) linked to some wizzier Jaga low heat radiators (micro fin heat exchanger and small fans). The office is also linked to 50kw of PV on the site. The verdict?… no complaints which is a big measure of success. We too often want to douse buildings in green wash and then think why the sum of its parts do not work. Less is more! passive, low management and lets people get on with their day job. Oh and the grade 2 listed building still looks like a grade 2 listed building but uses a lot less energy…result!