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Eco car park gets the go-ahead in Bristol

Bristol, European Green Capital 2015 can add another new eco-innovation project to its list of achievements to date. A relatively new sustainable car park ventilation system called ‘Eco-Park®’ will be installed as part of the re-development of an iconic building known as ‘Electricity House’, located at College Green, a conserved area within the city centre.

‘Eco-Park®’ is a unique ventilation system which ensures that harmful toxic gases from car exhausts are substantially reduced within car park environments through rapid pollution detection and effective air dilution. This in turn impacts positively upon people’s health and wellbeing. In addition, energy consumption is slashed by 50% and less cabling and excavation work is required during installation due to the compact nature of the fans used. ‘Eco-Park®’ is a trademark of the company HC PVE which specializes in parking ventilation equipment.

Artist’s impression of what the ‘Electricity House’ building might look like on its completion. Image courtesy of https://www.crestnicholson.com/

Artist’s impression of what the ‘Electricity House’ building might look like on its completion. Image courtesy of https://www.crestnicholson.com/

Ernst Wehden, HC PVE director commented that “The Electricity House re-development contract is the latest of more than 2,000 installations worldwide designed around the pioneering induction fan that underpins the Eco-Park® system. We are delighted to be associated with this prestigious, bespoke residency, which will benefit significantly from our low carbon technologies, low-impact design and energy efficiency.”

Originally used for retail and office purposes, the landmark six-storey, Art Deco-style ‘Electricity House’ is being transformed into 85 luxury apartments. While the word ‘luxury’ may not conjure up images of sustainability, this project comes with numerous eco-friendly features in addition to the eco car park.

To begin with, living in a city centre location is generally considered to be more sustainable than living in the suburbs, due to people being less dependent on the private car for commuting. It has also been ensured that the Grade II listed building, which was designed by renowned architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1930s, is conserved and thus retains many of its distinctive Art Deco attributes. These apartments are being constructed with ethically sourced materials and insulated to high standards. They will have controlled thermostat underfloor heating in every room, thermally-efficient windows, triple-bin systems for waste separation, low-energy lighting and aerated soft water taps that encourage less water usage.

Car park installed with Eco-Park® induction fans at a supermarket in Elland, West Yorkshire, UK. Image courtesy of http://pveuk.com/

Car park installed with Eco-Park® induction fans at a supermarket in Elland, West Yorkshire, UK. Image courtesy of http://pveuk.com/

‘Eco innovation and sustainable employment’ is one of the twelve indicators assessed under the European Green Capital Award. ‘Eco innovation’ is a term used to describe the development of products and processes with environmental considerations at their core. Bristol’s Green Capital application included an extensive outline of green business and community-led schemes that contributed towards the city being chosen as the current winner. The ‘Electricity House’ re-development and the decision to install the eco car park show that the city continues to keep sustainability at the heart of many projects.