With construction sustainability becoming a key factor in project design, it's important to consider where there are opportunities to boost a building's sustainability by reducing daily energy use and running costs.
Any building whose occupants use hot water every day can benefit from a solar hot water system. The larger the building and greater the hot water use, the greater the environmental impact will be as water in a commercial building is often heated by burning gas — a fossil fuel.
While sustainable energy technology is often considered by design teams working on residential projects, there is a huge range of buildings and facilities that can have their environmental impact significantly improved with a solar hot water system.
Here are some commercial projects where Apricus solar hot water systems have been installed, including some still under construction:
Bayfair Shopping Centre
- The project: Located in Tauranga, the bustling Bayfair Shopping Centre needed hot water for public bathroom basins and staff showers.
- The solution: 3 x Apricus ETC30 solar hot water collector systems were installed in January 2019. Since installation in January 2019, 1,902kWh of energy have been saved — the equivalent of running an average kiwi home for 86 days. View Live Monitoring
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
- The project: Located in rural Rotorua, Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a popular tourist destination, which includes a café and shop.
- The solution: 2 x Apricus ETC20 solar hot water collector systems were installed to meet hot water requirements. Since October 2018, 4,732kWh of energy have been harvested. The system has saved enough energy to run an average kiwi house for 213 days. View Live Monitoring
Canoe Racing NZ
- The project: Located on Lake Karapiro is a training centre for high-performance athletes.
- The solution: 3 x Apricus ETC30 solar hot water collector systems were installed. View Live Monitoring
Te Whare Oranga Ngakau
- The project: Located in Rotorua, Te Whare Oranga Ngakau is a drug and alcohol residential treatment facility for 22 people.
- The solution: 8 x Apricus ETC30 hot water collector systems were installed. View Live Monitoring
5 Star Auckland Hotel
- The project: A refurbishment of a 10 storey historic building in Central Auckland with 82 rooms, a conference centre, a gym, bars and dining areas.
- The solution: 24 x Apricus ETC30 hot water collector systems were installed.
- The project: Two facilities currently under construction at Otago University required a hot water solution:
- Research Support Facility (RSF), a centre for animal-based research and teaching.
- School of Dentistry, a facility for teaching and patient treatment.
- The solution: 5 x Aprricus ETC30 collectors were specified for the RSF, while 5 x Apricus ETC30 collectors were specified for the School of Dentistry.
Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council
- The project: Currently under construction, Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council's new headquarters is designed for importance Level 4 protection, and includes automatic solar diversion to provide hot water in emergency situations.
- The solution: 12 x Apricus ETC30 hot water collector systems have been specified.
Fire Emergency New Zealand
- The project: Currently under construction, fire stations in Christchurch and Hamilton will provide residential accommodation for six people. An automatic emergency function for solar heated water supply during power outages is included in the design.
- The solution: 2 x Apricus ETC30 hot water collector systems were specified for each of the fire stations.
View live monitoring for a range of Apricus systems installed in residential and commercial projects.
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