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Calor BioLPG CPD course for architects and specifiers now RIBA-accredited

15 Mar 2019

Calor’s latest CPD course, on the benefits of its BioLPG fuel for new homes based off the mains gas grid, has been accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The fuel, available exclusively from Calor, has been identified in the government’s UK Clean Growth Strategy as one that can play a key role in contributing to the rural energy transition. For architects and specifiers seeking a greener and more sustainable fuel for new build homes, the RIBA-approved CPD course covers what BioLPG is and the difference it can make to a property’s carbon emissions.

As a RIBA-certified presentation, the course enables architects and specifiers to continue their professional development, while explaining the opportunities available to help homeowners living off the mains gas grid cut their carbon emissions significantly. This includes help and guidance on how to specify BioLPG.

BioLPG is chemically identical to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). However, it is created from a mix of renewable and sustainably-sourced materials. As a result, BioLPG is able to reduce the carbon output for home heating by 38 per cent when compared with heating oil.

When compared with alternative heating technologies, many homeowners prefer the flexibility and controllability of a gas boiler for their home heating and hot water. These can also quickly bring a house up to the desired temperature on request.

There is also no need with BioLPG to introduce additional energy-saving measures, such as solar PV, triple glazing or mechanical ventilation heat recovery, in order to meet Part L of the building regulations. To reach the desired SAP ratings with

BioLPG, only low-cost modifications – such as the addition of hi-therm lintels or waste water heat recovery – are needed to achieve compliance.

Karl Bateman, National Specifier Manager at Calor, explains: “Both LPG and now BioLPG can make a really positive contribution to the UK’s decarbonisations plans. Historically, oil heating has been one of the most common forms of rural heating. However, its carbon footprint is much higher than alternative energy sources such as LPG. With BioLPG now available too, architects and specifiers are able to recommend much more environmentally-friendly alternatives for residential heating applications.

“LPG and BioLPG are highly efficient fuels, so homeowners get a good return on every unit of energy. In fact, modern condensing LPG boilers, which use hot flue gases that are wasted in a standard boiler, now achieve efficiencies of up to 90 per cent. For architects and specifiers working on new build properties, BioLPG offers a sustainable and long-lasting solution.”
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