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Chesterfield College hosts tomorrow’s construction technology today

Companies struggling to adopt new energy efficient technologies attended Chesterfield College’s ‘Innovation in Sustainable Construction’ road show which provided independent advice and a free two-hour CPD certificate on technologies such as water recycling, water management and rainwater harvesting.

At the road show specialist advisors provided consultation and independent advice to encourage small and medium sized businesses to adopt more innovative products and processes at early stages of project development.

‘Innovation in Sustainable Construction’ is a unique project that aims to link six East Midlands-based Colleges with the local economy by offering their knowledge as an independent source of advice to builders, design teams and local authorities that require it. Current College members include Chesterfield, Derby, Leicester, West Nottinghamshire, Stephenson and Lincoln.

Each College develops a bank of knowledge on a specific area and can then refer companies with queries to whichever College specialises in relevant field. Chesterfield College is currently developing a specialist facility to demonstrate rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling products where businesses can see the systems in a working situation. Specialist technologies covered by the initiative include: Renewable energy, Solar water, Biomass boilers, Modern construction methods, Wind energy, dual fuel systems, rainwater harvesting and weather compensating controls.

Chesterfield College Specialist Advisor, Andy Smith MSc said: “It’s a real problem that those local authorities and companies that are interested in innovative, eco-friendly products, are put off by the fact they don’t completely understand them. Across the industry there is pressure to improve efficiencies in domestic construction and these technologies are key to achieving this.”

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