Innovation in community heating and cooling - tour the BRE Research site in Watford

5 Jul 2018 09:30 to 16:00

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On the 5th July the Building Research Establishment (BRE) will open it's doors to the SIRACH Network for a meeting that will  explore community heating and cooling a system that is gaining popularity across Europe as it has been proven to be energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions. 

The BRE are an independent and impartial, research-based advisory, testing and training organisation, that have expertise in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries.

Delegates attending will have the opportunity to tour the BRE HVAC testing laboratories and also visit the Innovation Park. This features full-scale demonstration buildings that display innovative design, materials and technologies. Find out more about the innovation park here.


Meeting details

Venue BRE Watford, Bucknalls Lane, Watford, Herts, WD25 9XX


9.30-10.00  Coffee and registration

10.00-10.15  Introduction to the day and SIRACH.  Graeme Maidment, SIRACH

10.15-10.35  Heating, ventilation and air conditioning product development and testing for community heating and  cooling. David Butler BRE. 

10.35-11.05 Large scale heat pumps for high efficiency district heating projects. Kenneth Hoffman GEA 

(Download the technical paper here)

11.05-11.30 Coffee

11.30-13.00  SIRACH networking and interactive session. Carole Bond, Carbon Data Resources

13.00–14.00  Lunch

14.00-14.20  Indirect expansion solar assisted heat pump system for hot water production with latent heat                         storage, Walid Yousseff, BRE 

14.20-14.40 IEA Heat Pumping Collaborative Programme,  Roger Hitchin, Alternate UK delegate to the IEA                        Heat Pumping Technical Collaboration Program (on behalf of BEIS)

14.40-15.00   Secondary heating and cooling - Akos Revesz, London South Bank University

15.00-16.00  Tour of the HVAC testing laboratories and BRE Innovation Park.


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Directions to the BRE at Garston Watford can be found here

Nearby hotels

There are  a number of hotels nearby two that have been recommended are: