Construction4 Mar 2022

New building method tested in Euston

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An innovative method of piling being trialled at the old Maria Fidelis School site is setting new standards for reducing carbon.

As well as being hollow, HIPER piles (Hollow Impression Precast Energy Reusable piles) can be shorter than conventional piles and use cement-free concrete. The method combines several innovations for a lifetime carbon saving of up to 90%.

The biggest innovation is using HIPER piles as a geothermal energy source. Pipes are run into the piles, which are filled with water. As the ground’s heat warms the standing water in the piles, heat is transferred to the pipes, supplying heating and hot water to the building above. In the summer the technology can be reversed to act like air conditioning, transferring heat back into the ground.

Click here to learn more about HIPER piles.