PRACTICAL GUIDELINES AT END!
> I would appreciate a public apology.
Nick, I specifically put (dig) as an indicator that it wasn't what you
literally said! However it is a fair summary of what some environmentalists
> Whether the Heritage industry as a whole (or many other 'luxury'
> industries such as sports, films, tv,music, flower shops, living more
> than 5 miles from where you work, eating things from more than 50 miles
> The best we can do as archaeologists is follow the National Trusts
> lead, and help implement solutions.
> RANT ENDS
> Returning to Mike's archaeological point about long term plans - the
> longest plan I have seen in archaeology is from EH and I think that only
> goes up to 2010, any further ahead and you are really guessing.
Nick, building and infrastructure should have a lifetime of at least 30
years (and in fact one of the best ways to be green is to ensure buildings
I'll leave the "Greenwashing" of heritage to Nick, because I have no stomach
for doing something just for the sake of appearances. However, if I were
running a heritage centre and drawing up a business plan to fund more
buildings, or the renovation of older buildings I would use the following
1. Energy costs will go up (double is not unrealistic)
2. Rising petrol costs will reduce the number of visitors to remote
Assuming the plan is still viable I would then consider the following:
With a payback of around 10years for many forms of solar hot water, & less
for insulation, I would certainly urge anyone who is able to exceed building
standards for insulation, whenever they are doing building works and install
solar hot water heating as standard.
I would not recommend solar PV at all (unless you are selling yourself as
Windmills are only really cost effective for fairly exposed sites, I used to
say that if trees could grow vertical then it wasn't worthwhile, but grants
are better now so more sites are suitable.
But perhaps, the simplest way to save energy is to orientate the building so
that the largest windows are facing south and act like massive solar
Lighting costs are also pretty horrendous, so preferably use natural
lighting wherever possible. Fluorescent lights are more energy efficient
that other forms, but light only what is required and lights that are turned
off are most efficient of all.
After heating, cooking and refrigeration, the other great consumer is office
equipment, in fact any equipment left on permanently. Obviously equipment
should be purchased with running costs in mind, so find out what power the
equipment consumes and work out the long term cost over the lifetime.
Equipment energy cost = power * p/kWH * opening-times * days/year *
E.g. 60W bulb, 14p /kwh, 8 hours/day, 250 days/year, for 10 years = ?168
Cost = 60*14*8*250/100,000 = ?264
60W Equivalent Fluorescent:
11W fluorescent = ?30
But most importantly, ensure unwanted equipment is easy to turn off - or
better still put it on a time switch!