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Sustainable features of The Beacon
by Joseph Hricovec

Energy efficiency
The Beacon utilises LED lighting, A+ rated home appliances, smart thermostats and PIR sensors. Unique insulation reduces internal heat wastage into unoccupied rooms, coupled with zonal underfloor heating for unrivalled efficiency and comfort.

Solar PV
The building features a vertical solar farm, generating 1.14 MW of energy during the day, enough to power the heat pumps and all lighting. Generating 850 MWh annually.

 

 

Heat pumps
The heat pump system obtains its energy from 1km underground and produces a performance coefficient of 1:12. It produces 1,500 MWh of heat annually, sufficient for the entire heating and hot water demand of the building.

 

Hydro system
Rainwater is collected in the roof garden and recycled throughout the building as greywater. Water stored in the tank can be released down the building through a hydro generator to supplement the solar panels.


Other features

• Full-service gym for local residents

• Automatic underground car parking

• Onsite Coffee shop for residents to socialise

• Triple glazing

• 272 High-Quality dwellings

• 20% reduction of direct energy costs due to on-site generation

• On-Site cinema/function room for residents.

• 40% reduction in energy consumption for residents compared to standard flats

• Internal Arboretum

• Roof Garden with greenery and sitting areas

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