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Prisons: Energy

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what energy efficiency standards his Department has stipulated for circulator pumps installed in (a) existing and (b) new prisons. (291790)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) does not stipulate energy efficiency standards for circulator pumps. However, in existing Prison Service buildings, it is recommended that variable speed pump motors are fitted where it is practical to do so and where savings can be made within a suitable payback period.

NOMS standard for new build and refurbishment projects is that:

Accommodation will deliver optimum energy efficient solutions to achieve a low energy building that is significantly lower than typical development.

New builds must meet current Buildings Regulations Part L (2000) which include energy conservation requirements.