Update. The Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre will utilise woodchips to fuel a biomass system for its heating source.
This will be supplemented by solar hot water fitted to the roof of the new Nelson Street facility.
Circular Head Council recently awarded HeatWise Solutions the heating system contract following a tender process.
The New Zealand based company specialises in biomass boiler installation and maintenance and has previously installed systems for swimming pools in Victoria and New Zealand.
Having heard of the technology, Circular Head Progress Group initiated a conversation with Circular Head Council about utilising the system. Working with Britton Timbers, an investigation into the feasibility and specifications of the system was undertaken.
Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre Project superintendent Graeme Edwards said the investigation revealed the system to be more cost-effective and environmentally beneficial than alternate energy sources.
“It’s a good environmental outcome as it will be less noisy and have a much smaller carbon footprint than any other system,” Mr Edwards said.
“In terms of cost-saving, our forecast is for it to be 50 per cent cheaper than an alternative energy source with a payback period of less than five years.”
Mr Edwards said Britton Timbers will be considered as a supply option saying, “Circular Head is renowned for its timber resources so it makes sense to use a local supplier.”
The boiler is anticipated to arrive and be installed by December allowing for the project completion and opening by the end of the year.
The Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre is a project jointly funded with $3.8 million from the Australian Government and $3.5 million from the Tasmanian State Government with the Circular Head Council funding the remainder of the project.