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Baltic Creative got green with funding grant

Baltic Creative is a community interest company based in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool. Established in 2009, its aim is to support the creative and digital sectors via the provision of affordable creative spaces and an environment in which businesses can grow.

Among the organisation's objectives in doing this is to deliver its services in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. With this in mind, it contacted Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce to find out if there was any funding available to help with its green goals.

The Chamber was able to refer Baltic Creative to the REECH fund, via which it was able to access around £5,000 to put towards new LED Lighting and voltage optimisation for the Baltic Creative Campus building. In addition, it installed a heating system recommended in a report from LJMU, as a partner of the Local Growth Hub’s Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory programme.

For the report, LJMU carried out thermal modelling of the Baltic Creative building. This involved drawing the building in software called IES and calculating its energy performance, based on its size and fabric use.

“The smart heating system was recommended for various reasons and occupancy was probably the main reason,” explains Anthony Seasman, industry-university liaison officer at LJMU. “For example, the café area [at Baltic Creative] is often full of people (body-heat) and in the afternoon the sun beats down on the windows. This creates a totally different temperature to other areas of the building. So, the heating system takes all this in to account and only heats the space where necessary.”

The changes made were successful in both reducing the energy usage of Baltic Creative and reducing its electricity bills. REECH also provided support to Baltic Creative while the changes were being implemented.

Chris Green, operations manager at Baltic Creative, said: "The process was straightforward and has helped us to reduce our carbon footprint. We would certainly consider seeking similar grant funding support through the Growth Hub in future."

You can find out more about Baltic Creative CIC on the organisation's website and more about the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory programme on the Local Growth Hub website.