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EPS awarded the SPATA energy efficiency award for the second successive year - FEB 2009
Engineered Pool Supplies, of Basildon, Essex, have completed a remarkable double, winning a national award for energy efficiency in swimming pool design for the second year in succession.
The award from the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) underlines the pedigree of EPS as the UK's leading designers and installers of pools and spas and their supporting mechanical and electrical systems.
In the latest win, EPS helped a home owner reduce the cost of heating an indoor swimming pool by £600 a month. This equates to 60% reduction following the installation of energy efficient measures including an environmentally friendly heat pump.
The latest win is a double triumph for EPS who won a similar SPATA award last year for a project that saw the Oundle School in Northamptonshire reduce the annual running costs on its school pool by 61 per cent.
In the latest project, the combination of the new dehumidifier, improved controls, efficient gas boiler and improved building construction meant that the gas bills dropped to £400 per month.
"We advised on the building refurbishment and designed the new scheme into an incredibly small space using a Calorex Delta 4 heat recovery system," explains managing director, John Scott.
"We are particularly proud of the role we have been fulfilling in helping reduce the carbon footprint of swimming pools in both the residential and commercial markets for almost 20 years."
This latest award was given to one of a number of projects we could have entered. We made a deliberate choice to enter a lower key project to demonstrate that energy savings are available throughout the range of sizes of pools we work with. This was a smallish domestic scheme with huge fuel bills due to a combination of system and building deficiencies. EPS were called in not only for a new heat recovery system, but also to advise on building changes that would allow full use of the energy efficiency available.
There are many large public pools using a similar full fresh air systems, wasting energy and costing far more to run than they need. Unfortunately the way these leisure centres are run means that installing improved heat recovery systems is not financially viable. A local authority often own the pool, and they lease out the facility to a managmement company. The management company have no interest in improving the premises, since they may not have the lease renewed at the end of their term. The running cost improvements would be very welcome in increasing the leaseholders profits but the reduction in running costs have to pay for the capital outlay during the leaseholders term in charge. If the payback is marginal, most of the management companies wont take the risk. Even if the payback is short, say 3 years, most management companies are reluctant to fund the improvement works. The majority of these schemes that do go ahead is where the plant has fallen into such disrepair that the facility is becoming difficult to use or maintain.
So what of next year? John Scott offers further opinion "I suspect there will be a few companies that would like to break our run. We have a number of very interesting schemes being developed at the moment, with ground source, air source and solar thermal heat source too. I suspect that one of these multi heat source schemes will be a front runner for next years award. There are also a number of schemes of this nature, installed by other companies, where we have had to intervene in order for the scheme to actually work as required. And that provides a useful warning to any home owner intending a system of this type. The number of "experts" that have suddenly appeared offering these forms of heating is a little worrying. The rise of all these alternative energy schemes is perhaps overdue since the technology has been around for years. Indeed a Calorex bore hole heat source system won an energy award for heating a small school in Essex 25 years ago! I can recall as a manager at Calorex Heat pumps some 20 years ago I assembled pay back summaries for heat recovery systems virtually every day of the week. The relative costs of Electric and Gas meant that the payback periods were rarely less than 5 years, and often over 10 years. The last 4 years has seen the balance of power shift significantly, and with improved equipment costs and specification heat pumps are now the cheapest way to provide low temperature hot water. The challenge to the designer and the architect is to make sure the system and the building can function with the lower temperatures that heat pumps generate.
These alternative energy schemes are all very interesting exercises in theory and fine tuning the energy consumption of generally smaller projects. For a genuine and tangible effect on the environment however the industry really needs to find a way to tackle the larger pool, with often a current system that offers no heat recovery or perhaps has run with the heat recovery disabled due to maintenance issues.
EPS awarded the Peter Geekie Cup for excellence in Environmental Engineering in Swimming Pools - FEB 2008
EPS were amongst the awards being presented at the Pool Trades show case event at Brighton in February 2008. Whilst the Essex based company have been involved in the design, engineering and construction of award winning pools virtually every year since their formation, this years Peter Geekie award was the first time the company has moved out of the shadows cast by their pool trade customers.
The Peter Geekie award was this year to be awarded to the scheme demonstrating energy efficiency and utilisation of energy saving devices. EPS's entry was a pool refurbishment completed back in 2003.
EPS's MD John Scott explained. "it is all too easy to enter a system for this award based upon projection and theoretical savings. The Oundle School scheme is one of the few where comprehensive energy data is available for the years before and after the upgrade works were completed. The scheme we installed, based upon the schools own records held by the bursars office, managed to reduce fuel consumption by a staggering 60%. One could argue the results were actually better than this since the refurbishment included an extension to the leisure block and the pool has an increased usage since the works. Add to that the improved comfort levels and building protection and these savings are pretty impressive"
John continued, "Another for entering such an old scheme was to make a point to potential customers that EPS are not one of the many companies that have recently jumped on the energy savings band wagon. I have personally been involved in energy saving pool systems for over 20 years and have to say I am delighted that at last energy savings have come to the forefront of designers and consultants thoughts.
Showing an exposed raw nerve John went on "For years we made comparisons between various systems for customers who's stated intention was to do their bit in saving the planet. In honesty most of these customers were more interested in saving the contents of their pockets and very few were willing to suffer a greater capital cost in order to install more eco friendly systems. The energy efficiency song is one we at EPS have been singing for over a decade and it seems suddenly the chorus is as popular as a Robbie Williams smash hit!!". With rising oil and gas costs heat recovery schemes are now saving money and the planet and the hard sell has become much easier.
EPS's award winning scheme at Oundle was typical of hundreds of schemes installed in the last 15 years.
The 45 metre indoor pool was fitted with a Calorex HRD dehumidification scheme.
The changing rooms were fitted with a recuperator based ventilation offering approximetely 65% heat recovery on the discharged extract air
The pool room entrance from the changing rooms were fitted with sensor operated pre swim showers. These are important in reducing filtration load. This will reduce the need to back wash, reducing wasted re-heating of water and chemicals associated with the back wash water.
Modular boilers were installed to ensure that the boiler output was matched to demand.
A ground water bore hole was linked to the pool top up system to reduce the quantity of metered fresh water required.
The domestic hot water generation was taken away from the large central boilers and a dedicated high efficiency direct hot water heater was installed..
Current project summary.......April 2009
EPS are presently one of the UK's busiest companies in the indoor swimming pool business with over 50 schemes being engineered / designed / constructed by their experienced staff at any one time
The following is an outline description of a number of these, to give an idea of the diverse services and the location of our projects. Some of these projects are being undertaken on behalf of seasoned experienced pool contractors. Others are for smaller contractors, more familiar with outdoor pools, looking for assistance from EPS to make that progression to the more complex work involved with indoor pools.
The remainder are projects handled by EPS with a variety of work scopes.
A number of luxury domestic projects are being designed and will be issued for tender as part of the general package issued by the cooridinating architects.
KWest Hotel New spa facility to update existing busy club
Design and build
Hamilton House, St Georges Hill. Domestic indoor pool with high level duct scheme to serve a large glazed roof. Heat pump dehumidifier and ducting, condensing boiler, control systems.
Woolmers Park, Letty Green. Pool contractor support for large vaulted indoor and outdoor pools. Custom built air handling solution and distribution ductwork. Combined modulating condensing modular boilers linked to provide heating to both indoor and outdoor pools. Comprehensive controls packages to indoor pool and spa and outdoor pool.
Sarum Chase. Pool contractor support for sophisticated feature rich outdoor spa pool including comprehensive controls and features system.
Coombehurst, Kingston upon Thames, indoor pool with heat pump dehumidifier and controls system and interfaces with central boiler plant.
St Clouds, Hatfield Heath. Pool shell and finishing, filtration, heat pump dehumidification and design role for large new 8000 sq foot residence. Interfaces with wood burner system
Lindfield Gardens, London. Pool contractor support for indoor pool with a restricted space adjacent the house entrance. Heating and ventilation system, ducting and heat pump.
Raven ridge A, .Pool contractor design support, heat pump dehumidification and ductwork. Comprehensive controls packages
Warren Weir. Indoor pool design support to pool contractor at Luton Hoo hotel and spa resort. Heat pump dehumidifications and heating system. Comprehensive controls systems.
Hambrook Hall Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system
Coombe Lane West Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system . Over head ducting and interfaces with main house boiler plant
Hempstead House Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system
Avenue Road. Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system
Harwell Spa Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system
Herons Pool, Chertsea. Pool contractor support package for a combined indoor / outdoor pool with a moving dividing wall. Dehumidification and controls system and development of linear slot grille scheme in keeping with architects requirements
Bramshott Place Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system at a commercial spa resort
Rowley Green Lodge, Arkley, Barnet. Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system and design at a luxury domestic property
Hornbeams Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system and design at a luxury domestic property
Old Oak, Yaffle Road, St Georges Hill Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system and design at a luxury domestic property
Stepstiles, Reigate Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system and design at a luxury domestic property
23a Sheldon Avenue Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system and design at a luxury domestic property
Park House Hotel. Full EPS support package to pool contractor including full design and the installation of dehumidification, ducting, modular LPG gas boilers and control electrics etc at a commercial spa resort
Drinkstone. Full EPS support to building contractor providing design of pool systems and installation of environmental control, condensing oil boiler, pool cover and beam/tray system and all controls / electrics.
Stoweupland Full EPS support to building contractor providing design of pool systems and installation of environmental control, condensing oil boiler, pool cover and beam/tray system and all controls / electrics. Additional air source heat pump used to extract heat from commercial greenhouses adjacent to pool.
Parklands, Chigwell Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system and design at a luxury domestic property with a semi basement pool room
Locks End / Fintan. Dehumidification system with full design support and controls scheme interfacing with clients own boiler scheme. High level suction ductwork and floor mounted grilles
Topeka, St Georges Hill. Enviromental control scheme to pool contractor pool construction. Heat pump dehumidifier and ducting with comprehensive controls systems to pool and spa.
Keston, Near Bromley. Pool contractor shell with full EPS design and services support. Heat pump dehumidifier and ducting with controls serving all pool and spa plant.
Burntwood Avenue, Emerson Park. Pool filtration and spa system. Main contractor pool shell with full EPS design and installation support. Heat pump dehumidification, under floor heating, multiple modular condensing boilers also providing house heating demands. Tiled acrylic spa shell and pool finishing by EPS
10 The Drive, Kingston. Pool contractor support package for dehumidification and controls system and design at a domestic property.
Completed during 2009
Priory Lane Richmond. Heat pump dehumidification and ductwork, controls packages
Rotherhill House, nr Midhurst. Ducting and heat pump dehumidifier. Condensing modular boilers and comprehensive controls package. Compensated radiator circuit controls.
The Leys, Elstree. Pool contractor design and support. Custom built recuperator and ducting scheme providing humidity and full temperature control including summer time cooling. Comprehensive controls systems.
Stanmore including indoor and outdoor pool separated my motorised glazing and a rising boom from the pool floor. Modular condensing boiler system and a recuperator ventilation system built to EPS's specification. Controls from EPS's own control panel shop.
Raven Ridge B, Pool contractor design support, heat pump dehumidification and ductwork. Comprehensive controls packages
Shenovale. Pool contractor design support, heat pump dehumidification and ductwork. Comprehensive controls packages
Parkside Wimbledon. Main contractor support and heat pump dehumidification and ductwork system with comprehensive controls interface package. Attenuation of spa air blower system
Fife Road, Wimbledon. Comprehensive controls package to a combined use outdoor pool / spa.
Red Lion Farm, Coxtie Green. Pool contractor pool and filtration backed up by EPS design and dehumidification system. Controls and electrics serving highly glazed pool with remote plant room
Wilderness Road, Sevenoaks. Domestic indoor pool with Environmental Control provided by EPS for the main Swimming Pool contractor. Main features being moving pool floor, under floor heating, twin module condensing boilers and heat pump heat recovery system
Hollow Lane House, Wentworth. Basement built pool and spa contractor shell with 13,000 sq ft domestic residence with full EPS design and services support. Heat pump dehumidifier and ducting with controls serving all pool and spa plant.
Woodland Brae Wentworth. Enviromental control scheme to pool contractor pool construction. Heat pump dehumidifier and ducting backed up by air to water heat pump system. Control systems and interface with main household heating systems.
Completed during 2008
Womaston School, design of pool shell and pool systems for special needs school hydrotherapy pool. Dehumidification scheme and controls package.
Didsbury Road, Stockport. Domestic pool with heat pump dehumidifier, distribution ductwork and controls.
Anchor Cottage, Burnham on Crouch. Client build pool with services by EPS including interfaces with ground source heat pump system. Heat pump dehumidifier and ducting system
Completed during 2007
Foots Cray Stables, Foots Cray. Client build pool with Environmental Control filtration and dosing by EPS
Warley Elms, Brentwood. Complete pool refurbishment by EPS with services installation sympathetic to an English Heritage controlled Conservatory installation....Now completed and handed over
Ipswich, client build shell with full design support by EPS together with Environmental control, under floor heating, hot water supply, pool cover and tray system.. Now completed and handed over.
Domestic pool and spa in oak framed building at Bladbean, near Canterbury .Now completed and handed over. This project won "Pool of the Year" 2009 at the SPATA Brighton awards
Pennybridge House, Tonbridge. Now completed and handed over.
Warners Hall, Burnham upon Crouch, Client built and finished pool with services and filtration by EPS. Heat pump dehumidifier and modulating condensing boiler. This projects won a local council "conservation award"
The above being a small sample of the mixture of projects undertaken on behalf of pool contractors or directly employed by the client.
Training and seminars provided
The following seminars are amongst those provided by EPS as part of the training offered by the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers
The energy debate continues................heat losses from pool shells
The energy debate continues................heat losses from pool pipework
The energy debate continues................heat losses from pool covers and the pool surface
The rising costs of fuels and swimming pool heating
Stress Corrosion cracking. Stainless steel in the indoor pool environment
If things can go wrong, they will.................an anecdotal study of pool engineering problems including air flow assessments and issues associated with stretch ceilings.
Low pressure hot water circuits, their design and integration into swimming pool systems
Ductwork systems and their application to indoor pools
The application of water and air source heat pumps to indoor pool systems
Common building defects and the indoor pool environment
In ground ductwork systems and their integration within beam and block flooring
A historical overview of swimming pool environmental contro, schemes.
The pool environment and the various system designs available to control the pool atmosphere
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