REHAU to host workshop on low carbon technology

Polymer pipework manufacturer REHAU is set to host a free workshop for contractors, developers and specifiers on thermally activated building structures (TABS).

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As the nation evaluates the route to net zero through low carbon technology, a mounting body of research suggests that a lack of education around low carbon technology remains a key barrier to uptake. For this reason, REHAU will be hosting a free workshop on TABS on June 28 at the REHAU Hub in London.

TABS is a cooling and heating system that uses the large thermal mass of concrete building structures as a buffer, running hot or cold water through pipes within the slab to heat or cool as desired. This allows large structures to achieve the optimum temperature in both summer and winter without inefficiently blast heating or chilling the space.

Steve Richmond, head of marketing and technical at REHAU Building Solutions, said: “As the UK continues its transition towards net zero, the nation is evaluating which technologies will play a key role in ushering in a new era of low carbon heating.

“TABS is one such technology that can help effectively decarbonise the nation’s building stock. We believe that a hands-on approach is the best way of raising awareness of its applications and benefits, which is the main reason for us hosting this workshop.”

The workshop will bring together a number of expert keynote speakers from companies involved in the UK heating and development industries, such as REHAU, Morris + Company, AMROC Heating, Derwent London, CREE Buildings and Norman Disney & Young.

Beginning with a short introduction from the chair, the workshop will cover TABS integration from an architect’s perspective, pipe jointing, system controls and key considerations for installation, before rounding out the first half with a panel discussion.

Following a short break, Matt Massey of Derwent, a London-based property and development business, will deliver a first-hand case study on TABS being used in practice.

Later, CREE Buildings and Norman Disney Young, an engineering consultancy, will offer talks on the use of TABS in off-site manufacturing and integrating the technology into a new project respectively. A second panel discussion will close the workshop before an opportunity to network during a complimentary lunch.

REHAU hopes that the workshop can help raise awareness of the role the technology can play in helping the UK achieve its low carbon ambitions, citing a number of BREEAM Excellent/Very Good Projects across the nation as examples.

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