Sustainability on swimming and spa pools is often seen as a grey area, even though pools are traditionally very high energy consumers. For example, Part L of the Building Regulations does not specifically require pool tank insulation, yet in certain conditions there is clear benefit to do so. Pool covers are recommended by the Carbon Trust, yet are frequently not designed into projects for aesthetic reasons – yet our own study has identified significant carbon savings. There are many sustainability issues that need to be addressed on swimming pools – and if done so appropriately will lead to a better environment and a better product through lower carbon emissions and lower resource usage.
In our capacity as designers Devin recognises the opportunity to positively influence the long term sustainability of leisure facilities.
Through early identification and careful design it is feasible to minimise:
We will clearly identify all potential sustainability options within our design scope and in doing so increase awareness to positively influence the wider building strategy.
The following Devin design measures are recognised as having a significant potential to positively influence the pool water treatment system sustainability characteristics, and as such to help reduce the energy and resource expenditure on the scheme: