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Phase 1 Footings & Foundations Phase1 Cleaner greener 28 Winter 2017 energy Paul Blacklock, head of strategy at Calor, explains what the Government’s new Clean Growth Strategy means for rural self-builders, and discusses greener and cleaner alternative fuel options for off-grid projects The Government recently outlined its new Clean Growth Strategy, which seeks to achieve decarbonisation across the UK. One of the Government’s stated main objectives is to phase out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating – like heating oil – in new and existing homes currently off the gas grid during the 2020s, starting with new homes. This presents self-builders with an opportunity to work with the strategy by selecting a heating system that can help meet these future standards. So, what are the options for a cleaner and greener energy source? LPG LPG is the greenest fossil fuel available to nonmains gas homes, emitting around 20 per cent less CO² per kWh than heating oil. LPG gas condensing boilers can achieve efficiencies of 90 per cent or more, minimising your impact on the environment and helping to lower fuel usage. BioLPG An additional benefit of LPG is the development to of bioLPG, that goes one step further towards a greener and cleaner off-grid fuel solution. In most ways, BioLPG is identical to standard LPG, but rather than being produced from fossil fuels, it’s created from a mix of renewable materials and waste, such as organic plant materials, vegetable oils and animal fats. This eco-friendly origin means that it can help to reduce your carbon footprint by as much as 38 per cent in comparison to heating oil. BioLPG has the exact same chemical composition as conventional propane and is therefore a ‘drop in’ fuel. This means there aren’t any issues using it with any standard LPG heating systems or appliances such as cookers or fires, so any LPG system you install now will require no upgrades or adjustment in the future. Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 4 & Phase 3


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