Burning wood has the lowest
carbon dioxide rating of all fuels per kilowatt hour of energy
For BER Certification, a chimney in a dwelling with a gas point to the
side it will assume a gas fire of 20% efficiency will be installed -
if no gas pipe then assumption is solid fuel efficiency of 37% is the
If no chimney then assumption for secondary heating is electric which
has the highest CO2 rating of all the fuels.
Kyoto Protocol sets targets for 5.2% reduction
in Greenhouse gases by 2012.
Ireland must limit increase of greenhouse gases to 13% above 1990 levels
with a 12% contribution from Renewable Energy.
So Why Wood?
- Wood is renewable, sustainable and can replace
coal, peat & oil.
- It is carbon neutral, very clean and safe.
- The fuel costs for wood are lower and more
stable than Gas, Electricity or Oil
- Is independent of International Energy prices.
- It provides local employment and prosperity.
Why Wood-Burner as secondary heat??
PURCHASE FIREWOOD FROM HEARTH & HOME -
- Savings on coast of construction
- improved design flexibility
- provides a sought after focal point in the
- allows the use of less expensive fuel
- reduces the environmental impact of the dwelling
- Has very high efficiency levels
If electric was to be used then to achieve the
target emission rates, solar heating, heat pumps or higher values would
have to be installed at considerable costs.
A wood burner with an EFF of 70% would allow
an architect to increase the window area of a dwelling from 25% of the
floor area to 58% because of the reduction in the carbon.