A Perth-based land management firm has displayed the green credentials of its headquarters on a recent visit from Scottish landowners, farmers and rural businesses.
Bell Ingram, who recently installed a biomass boiler to reduce its carbon emissions and heating costs hosted members of The Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) organisation, who were eager to learn of the firm’s state of the art renewable energy source.
Delegates from SLE attended the company’s Isla Road headquarters where they received a presentation from Nigel Benson, Microgeneration Consultant at Bell Ingram, and a tour of the biomass boiler with representatives from installers, Highland Wood Energy, also on hand to answer any questions.
The 90Kw biomass boiler was installed using the in house expertise of Nigel Benson who regularly provides expert advice for rural landowners on renewable energy sources and saw the potential for such a system of their own.
Bell Ingram’s offices will be heated using 42 tonnes of environmentally friendly wood pellets per year and it is estimated that its biomass boiler will save the firm in excess of £30,000 in heating costs and reduce annual carbon emissions by up to 37 tonnes.
Nigel Benson hoped that the recent visit made the benefits of renewable energy schemes well known to the Scottish Land and Estates delegation.
He said: “Our Perth headquarters are the perfect location for a biomass system and it’s great that we can now provide a living, working example of how we can not only give advice but also take it when it comes to renewable energy.
“Biomass heating schemes have lots of benefits that extend beyond the associated financial and environmental factors including the fact that it is one of the most accessible and sustainable forms of energy production.”
Graham Lumby, Managing Director at Bell Ingram, said: “Biomass is fast becoming one of the cheapest and most accessible forms of green energy, so it was the perfect option for our Perth headquarters.
“We are well known for offering expert advice to landowners and by installing our own biomass boiler, we now have a real life working example of an effective alternative heating system, which can be showcased to groups such as Scottish Land and Estates.
Established in 1899, Bell Ingram is a multi-disciplined firm of energy specialists, chartered surveyors, forestry managers, estate agents, architects and building surveyors. With more than 130 professional staff across 11 UK offices they provide local knowledge with national coverage.
Its microgeneration division has a dedicated website www.bellingram.co.uk/services/microgeneration which offers advice for land owners, land managers, property developers, architects and local authority managers.