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Kier and Elliot deploy smart tech to slash site housing emissions

by Sion Geschwindt
Kier and Elliot deploy smart tech to slash site housing emissions

Kier Construction Western & Wales, working with Elliott, has unveiled a pilot project that uses smart technology to cut carbon emissions by up to 25% on its site accommodation at the Winterstoke Hundred Academy Expansion.

432m2 of Elliott Moduflex buildings were specified by Kier for use as welfare, offices, and meeting rooms on its net zero Winterstoke Hundred Academy School Expansion Build in Weston-super-Mare.

Kier says that the project provides a blueprint for how future construction projects will achieve end-to-end carbon reduction from day one.

The Elliott modules were prepared by the company at its facility in Bristol using a local workforce and delivered to the site in Weston-super-Mare, helping keep the carbon footprint to a minimum.

Energy saving features and smart technology is being deployed in the modules to monitor, manage, and reduce carbon and electricity use.

The carbon saving features incorporated into the site accommodation include: HVO fuelled generators and hybrid battery storage, electric vehicle chargers, and dehumidifiers in drying rooms.

In addition, climate control in first floor offices and meeting rooms reduces the carbon and electricity costs over traditional panel heating.

These are in addition to the standard energy saving features of Elliot’s modules: time-controlled heating, instantaneous water heaters, and low energy LED lights with PIR sensors.

Moduflex is made using recycled PVC-U and recyclable timber from certified/managed forests, claims Elliot.

Jon Woodman, Bristol area manager at Kier Construction, said: “This project sets new standards for site accommodation, and it is fitting that they are deployed on a zero-carbon build.

“The Elliott cabins are already installed on site and early indications are that they are achieving impressive carbon reductions. We will gain a better understanding of savings over the next few months.”

“The site accommodation at Winterstoke Hundred Academy School will be in place for 80 weeks and so the savings in energy and carbon will make a significant difference over the duration of the development.”

Andy Brind, senior key account director at Elliott, added: “This is a hugely significant project by Kier that will set out a roadmap for how other construction sites can cut carbon emissions.

“Kier is demonstrating that sustainability should not just be focussed on the actual build, but rather encompass all aspects of the project starting from when site accommodation is deployed.”

Elliott Group Ltd, Carter Accommodation Ltd, and Procomm Site Services Ltd, will unite under a common brand – Algeco – in March 2022.

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