Reducing the environmental impact of the Unity Centre
When the Unity Centre took over the Old Turkish Baths in Lewes, the building
was nothing more than an empty Victorian-age shell.
This presented a clean slate to work with when it came to choosing the
heating system. We knew we wanted our business to produce low to zero
carbon emissions, in keeping with our values for social wellbeing.
To ensure that we would have the best technology for our purposes within the
parameters of a low budget, we engaged Brighton and Hove Energy Services
Co-op (BHESCo) to design a bespoke low carbon heating solution for the
BHESCo are a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Sussex, who help
people with homes and businesses to make their properties more financially
and environmentally sustainable.
After surveying the Turkish Bath site in great detail, in partnership with A
Greener Alternative, BHESCo created a high quality, reliable heating system
designed especially to meet the unique characteristics and requirements of
the Unity Centre.
They suggested installing an air source heat pump, a highly efficient way to
warm a building that works by absorbing heat from the outside air and
transferring it under pressure to the inside of a building. For every unit of
electricity used by the system, 3.8 units of heat is created.
The heat is delivered to each room of the Unity Centre by an underfloor
heating system, which can be adjusted to meet specific temperature needs for
individual rooms and classes.
In addition to low carbon heating, BHESCo also installed an energy efficient
lighting system which was designed specifically to provide an enriching and
enlightening ambiance at the Unity Centre and a ventilation system
appropriate for our relaxing Float Room.
All of this new equipment was installed at no upfront cost to the Unity Centre
using BHESCo’s ‘Pay As You Save’ finance initiative.
Together, we expect these energy saving measures to avoid carbon
emissions at the Unity Centre by 68 tonnes over their lifetime, in addition to
saving us £27,420 on energy bills.
Clean Energy for People Not for Profit
Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative Ltd
Old Steyne House
21-22 Old Steine
Brighton BN1 1EL
Telephone: 01273 284471
Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative Limited
Society registered with the FCA in England no. IP32097R
By reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and taking active steps to reduce our
impact on the environment, despite the age of our building, we hope to show
how achievable it is to make all buildings in the UK sustainable, whilst also
meeting a high quality of comfort and aesthetics.