Baxi Commercial has supplied Andrews Water Heaters solar water heating system and a high efficiency, condensing gas-fired water heater to provide domestic hot water at Oswestry Leisure Centre, a new state-of-the-art leisure facility which opened in 2011.
The £8 million development replaced the existing 1970’s building, which was becoming increasingly expensive to maintain. The building was designed to comply with Shropshire Council’s policy on sustainability, incorporating a number of renewable technologies to minimise both carbon footprint and running costs.
The performance specification for the new building’s mechanical services was prepared by consulting engineers, Ramboll, who selected the equipment as part of a series of measures to improve the sustainable credentials of the building. An important component was the Andrews Water Heaters SOLARflo water heating system which includes solar collectors mounted on the main roof. With 90.8% transmission efficiency, 95% absorption efficiency and a low emission loss of only 5%, these collectors transfer maximum heat to a 900 litre, non-corrosive, stainless steel unvented twin-coil cylinder. This, in turn, supplies pre-heated water to a SUPAflo SF66 condensing gas-fired water heater, thereby considerably reducing consumption of natural gas.