Garners FSE pride ourselves as being at the forefront of research, development and innovation in our fast changing and paced commercial catering equipment sector, especially with respect to sustainability and specifically sustainable design. So when we were approached in the late summer 2014 by a leading main contractor to assist them on an EU Bid for a grant for so called “nZEB” we jumped at the chance.
What does “nZEB” stand for? Near Zero Energy Buildings. The best definition can be found from the EU itself and its Directive 2010/31/EU (Article 9) which states:
“Member States shall ensure that:
(a) by 31 December 2020, all new buildings are nearly zero energy buildings; and
(b) after 31 December 2018, new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are nearly zero-energy buildings. ”
“Nearly” is a neat way of avoiding strict definitions, but the same Directive states:
“The EPBD defines a nearly Zero-Energy Building as follows: [A nearly Zero-Energy Building is a] “building that has a very high energy performance… [ ]. The nearly zero or very low amount of energy required should to a very significant extent be covered by energy from renewable sources, including renewable energy produced on-site or nearby“ (Institute of Energy & Transport “Principles of Near Zero Energy Buildings”
Garners FSE undertook a lengthy and vigorous research in specify a “nZEB” commercial catering equipment facility, loosely based on a 80 bed care home model. Research from the main contractor found out that such a kitchen is responsible for >15% of a building’s total energy output so although not as significant as heating, it is still a significant area that has traditionally been overlooked in particular by contractors and clients alike in their chase for “BREEAM” ratings.
At the end of January 2015 we completed our own submission in time for the appointed consultant to send the bid to the EU in early February. The Grant would pay for up to 70% off the capital cost of the “Green” equipment and all the other 19 different areas of a building. The expectation is that we will know if we have been successful by the summer.
However, regardless of the outcome of the bid, nZEB will become the norm in the very near future. Contact our Marketing department for further information; join in the debate on our Twitter feed and otherwise watch this space!