Riverside Club Goes Green
Newly opening health club reducing CO2 emissions
Esporta, will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by over 20% in its newly opened Riverside Health and Racquets Club - part of a company-wide initiative to achieve natural savings in energy costs in 2008.
The Trigeneration CHP unit being implemented in the prestigious 155,000 sq ft club, burns fuel to generate electricity, and unlike standard electrical generators, the water that is used to cool the engine is then made available for heating. In addition, the system achieves a significantly higher reduction in carbon emissions by using the excess heat from the CHP to create chilled water for cooling purposes via a heat absorption chiller.
The installation of the Trigeneration CHP unit is part of Esporta’s comprehensive approach to energy efficiency design. For example, The Riverside Health and Racquets Club is also fitting dual fuelled heating boilers to provide the option of using natural gas or bio diesel fuel so that further reductions in carbon dioxide emissions can be made when bio fuel becomes commercially available.
Glenn Timms said: “We looked at the environmentally friendly options open to us, including Photo Voltaic Cells, wind and solar power, wood chip boilers and ground source heating, and Trigeneration CHP was overwhelmingly the best choice for both us and the environment.
“In addition, through a combination of negotiated price reductions and energy saving initiatives being implemented across our 55 clubs, Esporta will be significantly reducing our energy costs this year, equivalent to over 3000 tonnes of CO2 or the planting of approximately 4000 trees.”
May 4, 2008