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Portakabin Site Accommodation Launches First Site Office With A-rated Energy Performance Certificate

07/11/2011

Energy Performance CertificatePortakabin Site Accommodation has unveiled the first ever site office building on the market to have been awarded an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate.

The new Konstructa Energy-Saver Plus site accommodation unit offers a massive 76 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and energy usage. This results in a cost saving of 87 per cent equating to £13.50 per week or £702per annum* when compared with a traditional site cabin.

The Konstructa Energy-Saver Plus building has been designed specifically in response to the Strategic Forum for Construction and the Carbon Trust Initiative, which proposed a 15 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from construction site processes by 2012.

Speaking about this new launch, David Griffiths, General Manager of Portakabin Site Accommodation, said: “We understand that during the tendering process our customers are not only assessed on their ability to do the job, but on their environmental credentials. As a result we have worked hard to develop the Konstructa Energy-Saver Plus office, a site building that not only meets but far exceeds these targets, helping to reduce contractors’ carbon footprints as well as their running costs.

“This in turn will help our customers to achieve certification under the Considerate Constructors Scheme, gain their targeted BREEAM rating and alleviate environmental impact in line with the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.”

Everything about the Konstructa Energy-Saver Plus building has been designed with energy efficiency in mind. An innovative split heat-pump system uses energy from the air outside and ensures that approximately 4.5kW of heating is produced for every 1kW of electricity consumed.

The heaters are fitted with timers as well as mixed-mode climate controls, whilst high-frequency energy-efficient t5 lighting features daylight switching technology and passive infrared (PIR) motion detection sensors; all of which ensures that heating and lighting are only used when they are needed. In total, the Konstructa Energy-Saver Plus office requires approximately 56% less electrical power than an equivalent standard site building, reducing generator loads when used.

Heat loss is reduced thanks to upgraded and enhanced levels of underfloor, wall and roof insulation with CFC-free ozone friendly foam insulation used throughout. In comparison the insulation performs 42% better than the rock wool alternative and has a thermal conductivity of 0.025W/mK, delivering exceptional levels of insulation with an ozone depleting potential of zero.

As with all Portakabin Site Accommodation products, the Konstructa Energy Saver-Plus site buildings can be double or triple stacked and are manufactured with a special low maintenance, anti-vandal design, which means that time, money and energy are not spent on maintenance and repairs.

David Griffiths added: “Helping our customers save energy and reduce carbon emissions is what Portakabin Site Accommodation is all about and is why we are committed to developing sustainable products. We looked at every aspect of the design to reduce energy consumption and lower carbon emissions and the resulting Konstructa Energy-Saver Plus building offers new levels of energy efficiency not previously seen in site buildings, resulting in the first ever A–rated Energy Performance Certificate.”

Portakabin Site Accommodation, which is part of the Shepherd Building Group, holds the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard accreditation in addition to the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard. A dedicated network of seven regional Hire Centres based strategically across and provides high-quality site accommodation to construction contractors throughout the – all backed up by a level of service that is second to none.

For further information about the Konstructa Energy-Saver Plus building contact your local Hire Centre call 0845 355 3443 or visit www.konstructa.co.uk/energysaverplus





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