Sunderland Aquatics Centre is Sunderland’s newest and one of its most ambitious regeneration projects; it houses the region's first 10 lane 50m swimming pool and is the only facility of its type between Leeds and Edinburgh.
The aquatics centre was designed to be the greenest 50m swimming pool in the country and incorporates a number of green energy initiatives including; rain water harvesting for re-use in the building and super insulated external fabric to enhance further efficiency savings.
At the heart of the centre’s green credentials is the installation of an ENER-G 185kWe combined heat and power (CHP) unit. The system has been operational since May 2008 and was designed, built, operated and financed by ENER-G on a Discount Energy Purchase (DEP) scheme over 10 years.
Through opting for a Discount Energy Purchase (DEP) contract, the aquatics centre was able to realise an instant payback. Under this agreement, ENER-G finance, install and operate the CHP system at no capital cost to the client, and then sell the energy generated to the client at a discount, offering immediate savings.
From installing the ENER-G CHP unit alone the aquatics centre has achieved carbon savings to date of 539 tonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to planting 82,923 trees.