Free Software – Carbon Mixer for Schools

Carbon Mixer for Schools is a One North East funded project to help teachers and students understand renewable energy. The Carbon Mixer for Schools software has been developed with teachers in the North East of England, and designed to fit with Key stage 4 of the National Curriculum.

The Carbon Mixer for Schools was developed by Narec Distributed Energy, BG&A and CfDR for schools in the North East of England. The software demonstrates, through a range of simulated workplace challenges, the financial and carbon effects of running buildings with low carbon and renewable energy system.

The Carbon Mixer for Schools is designed to provide students with a hands-on way of understanding renewable energy and its relevance in their everyday lives, as well as aiding learning in science, mathematics, design technology and geography.

Download from http://www.explorerenewables.co.uk/carbonmixer/

Carbon Mixer North East

This software was developed by BG&A and Narec Distributed Energy to provide a common language for planners, architects and developers, showing both the financial and carbon cost of new developments, ensuring that initial rough cuts of the sustainability of new developments can be assessed quickly, and so all developments are compared on the same system. The software is free for all planners in the North East of England.

To download, please use the box below.



Microrenewables Toolkit 2.0

In 2007, as part of the overarching regional strategy to build a low carbon economy in the North East, the Regional Development Agency One North East (ONE) and the Association of North East Councils (ANEC) commissioned the Microrenewables Toolkit 2.0. The purpose of the project was to aid planners in ensuring the optimum low carbon solutions are used in buildings, and that developers follow all relevant national and regional policy. Further funding for the project was given through the European Regional Development Fund.

Sustainability Guidance for North East Buildings

This document was originally created by a collaboration of Narec, CP Energy, and BRE (Building Research Establishment). However since then many factors, both regulatory and technological, have changed, including the removal of the Regional Spatial Strategies, and with them regional renewable energy targets. Therefore it was felt that a dramatic rewrite was necessary. Due to these changes, Narec Distributed Energy was employed through Narec by ANEC and ONE to update and improve the original.

Within this document, the policy requirements on local authorities are discussed, and exactly what is expected of them. This document is intended to ensure that planners have a full understanding of present legislation.

There are many examples of low carbon developments, both within and outside of the UK. This document looks at some of these, and demonstrates the possibilities that are open when planning new developments. Some of these, such as Four Housing Group’s Sinclair Meadows and Gentoo’s Racecourse Estate, are within the North East of England and show exactly what an exemplar project is capable of.

Carbon Mixer® North East 2.0

A new version of the Carbon Mixer® North East software has been developed. This software offers a common language for planners, architects and developers, showing both the financial and carbon cost of new developments, ensuring that initial rough cuts of the sustainability of new developments can be assessed quickly, and so all developments are compared on the same system. Bobby Gilbert & Associates were responsible for the original version of the Carbon Mixer®, and therefore created the updated version.

Using the Microrenewables Toolkit, it is hoped that the North East will be able to follow all the relevant legislation with regard to energy, and make the region a world class exemplar on how a low carbon society can be created.

Downloads

Carbon Mixer North East 2.0 is free for all planners in the North East England area. Please download the software here:

Sustainability Guidance for North East buildings is available as a downloadable pdf:

Sustainability guidence for north east england buildings pdf

Please contact toolkit@narecde.co.uk with any queries.

Explore Renewables

A sister project, the Carbon Mixer for Schools, has been funded by One North East and developed by Narec, Bobby Gilbert & Associates and the Centre for Design Research. More details can be found atwww.explorerenewables.co.uk

 

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