Our community hall will be 100 years old in 2024 and we are campaigning for funds to transform the hall into an energy efficient building fit for the climate challenges of the 21st century, by installing a low carbon heat pump to replace a gas heating system. This will eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels to heat the building, and reduce our carbon footprint significantly.
The current gas fired convector heaters have been in use since the 1960's, they are expensive to run, inefficient, and require regular maintenance. Looking at our energy use as well as its environmental impact we want to react positively to the climate change crisis. Aware of the 2018 Progress Report to Parliament advising "the deployment of low-carbon heat (e.g heat pumps and low-carbon district heating systems) should be prioritised", we have researched a scheme that we believe can meet the exacting and challenging requirements for a village hall.
Our plan centres on the installation of an Air Source Heat Pump system(ASHP), together with a new internal insulation "skin" to the hall, as a total replacement for the current antiquated and high-carbon method. We are setting the wholly achievable aim of completing this project in time for the hall's Centenary celebrations in 2024.
Patcham's War Memorial Hall was built in 1924, and financed by public subscription, in memory of those who gave their lives in the conflict of 1914-1918. Charity Trustees are charged with maintaining the hall as a community asset "in perpetuity", that is, we're in it for the long haul. The new committee elected in 2014 worked hard to refurbish the hall by updating the fabric and amenities of the building in time to celebrate the 2018 Armistice centenary. The resulting increase in use is by a wider range of groups attracted by its family-friendly facilities and a cleaner, warmer, safer environment.
The hall sits in the centre of a small 'village' community mentioned in the Domesday Book, and on the edge of the South Downs National Park. Regular users of the hall promote creative, active and leisure activities for local residents of all ages, including some harder to reach elders groups, providing opportunities for increasing physical and mental wellbeing for all. More about its history and its activities can be found on our website: www.pmhpatcham.org.uk
How it works...
Air Source Heat Pump systems work by extracting heat from the outside air, transforming it into a liquid in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside. The fluid then passes through a compressor where its temperature is increased, then transferred to the heating of the building, usually via a fan system or convection radiators, and hot water circuits if necessary. It can get heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15°C. Minimal maintenance is required, which is an ideal solution for an amenity run by volunteers committed to the long-term. This system leads to lower fuel bills, and lower carbon emissions, as it removes the gas system completely, and we could also benefit from potential income through the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)for off-gas buildings. An advantage in summer is that the system can work in reverse, removing heat from inside the well-insulated space, and releasing it into the outside air. https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewable-energy/heat/air-source-heat-pumps; source of image: https://ukenergygrant.online/renewables/heat-pumps/
Leading the way...
We believe that installing this technologically-advanced system would be a complete innovation for the Patcham area. We would publicise the innovation taking place in the community's midst, ensuring that it is an educational asset as well as an economic one, and contributing significantly to the carbon-reduction targets of both the local community and nationally.