A foreword by Dave Archer, Business Manager – M&E Contractor Sales Team

A foreword by Dave Archer, Business Manager – M&E Contractor Sales Team
Reducing the carbon footprint of our buildings is critical for the UK to reach its Net Zero goals. And M&E contractors have a crucial role in delivering this future. Decisions around equipment selection, installation techniques and maintenance programmes all effect the environmental impact of our buildings - new and existing, domestic, and commercial.

Legislation and government policy are driving the development of low-carbon buildings, and clients are also increasingly focused on the carbon impact of the buildings they occupy.
Today, M&E contractors must grasp the science behind carbon in buildings and the carbon impact of HVAC systems. Many clients now expect contractors to demonstrate their commitment to delivering low-carbon projects - so keeping pace with legislation, standards and technology is vital for business success. It's a change of approach, but one that offers significant opportunities for M&E contractors.

The technologies to achieve low-carbon buildings are in place. Mitsubishi Electric has established itself as a leader in delivering technologies and advice for low carbon projects of all types. One example is our project for The Gym Group, which switched from gas boilers to low-carbon heat pumps to deliver hot water for gym customers. The result was a 400% reduction in carbon emissions.

As part of its commitment to supporting M&E contractors, Mitsubishi Electric has put together this information pack to explain some of the key concepts around carbon in the built environment. Our aim is to provide a resource, but also to open a conversation about how we can work together to deliver buildings for a better, low-carbon future.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank those who contributed to the information, including Dr Samira Saravi, Product Manager for Hydronics at Mitsubishi Electric and our wider Product Marketing Team for the embodied carbon calculations.

An Insight into Embodied Carbon

Mitsubishi Electric was one of the first HVAC manufacturers to include embodied carbon details for its products because we understand the growing importance this will have on M&E Contractors and the wider built environment.

This CPD guide will help explain what embodied carbon is, why it has become so important, and how to truly assess the impact of using or specifying equipment. We also highlight what we are doing to ensure we help you to support your customers in delivering sustainable, net zero buildings by 2050.



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An Insight into Whole Life Carbon

There are growing concerns about the environmental impact of buildings as we seek to achieve the UK’s 2050 target for net zero greenhouse gas emissions and this CPD guide helps explain what Whole Life Carbon (WLC) is, and why you need to be aware of it.

From the different carbon definitions to the challenge of retrofitting existing stock, and how to specify for balance and future focus, this comprehensive guide will enable you and your clients to truly assess the impact of using or specifying our equipment.

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An Insight into Operational Carbon

Around 19% of the UK’s carbon footprint is attributed to the operational emissions from heating, cooling and powering our buildings, so this CPD guide aims to help M&E Contractors and others within the built environment to understand these issues and their significance in the UK’s journey to net zero 2050.

From the importance of understanding and measuring operational carbon, to legislation and the strategies to reduce it, along with information on the future of low carbon buildings, this guide will enable you to understand how you can have an impact in supporting your customers in achieving their targets.

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Low carbon solutions

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Ecodan CAHV-R Commercial Air Source Heat Pump

This new Mitsubishi Electric air source heat pump uses low GWP R454C refrigerant, offering a robust, low carbon system for the provision of sanitary hot water and space heating

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NX2 4 Compressor Air Cooled Chillers

The new NX2 units are air cooled chillers with scroll compressors designed for delivering the best efficiencies in comfort applications.

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EACV / EAHV e-series Modular Chiller

The R32 e-series chiller range allows for up to 6 individual units to be connected together to provide a system capacity from 150kW to 1,080kW.