Edinburgh Castle’s heating system revealed
A new application designed to track climate change has uncovered a host of detailed information on Scotland’s historic site, Edinburgh Castle.
The app, called the Climate Change Explorer, was launched by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and was able to identify the impact that the castle has on the environment. It also highlighted the measures at work on site to make the ancient fortress more eco-friendly.
Hundreds of years old, the castle has struggled to cope with climate change, which can cause major structural decay due to extreme temperatures. The app found that since 2008, the castle’s carbon dioxide emissions had been successfully lowered by a 40 per cent, and its energy use had been cut by 30 per cent.
This considerable reduction in emissions has been possible thanks to specific measures taken by those who caretake the castle in the Scottish capital. The historic building uses an underfloor heating system similar to those once used to heat up Roman bathhouses. It was installed by the architect William Adam, and along with supplying warmth to the cold areas of the castle, it also protects its archives from dampness.
According to the Daily Record, Programme Head at HES, Dr Lyn Wilson, described the installation as:
“A sort of clever underfloor heating system inspired by the Romans.”
Extensive efforts have been made onsite to bring the castle into the 21st century.
Recently, brand-new boilers were installed, along with insulation crafted from sheepskin for the castle’s roof. Energy efficient boilers and high-quality insulation work exceptionally well, with underfloor heating systems allowing users to maximise the benefits of these innovative solutions.