Zero Carbon

 

Click through the tabs below for more info on how our decarbonisation work impacts life at Wolfson. 

Updated Tuesday 27 September 

Heating System

Our new heat pumps are now operational - some of you may have noticed the free air conditioning style cool air in our undercover car parks.  The new system is more efficient and intelligently controlled, relying on a fall in outside air temperature to a level significant enough to warrant internal space heating. We are all having to make some real concerted changes to our daily lives in an effort to combat climates change, and the College has made huge leaps forward in this effort.

All our residents have the option of adjusting the radiator temperatures in their rooms (see video guide https://youtu.be/rijd-iXJZ48).  There are a few tips that we would encourage residents to try prior to adjusting the radiator valve in their room:

  • Understand that the radiators will heat up the space in the room to a comfortable level; they will not remain on at full temperature once this is achieved.
  • Add some extra layers of clothing
  • Close windows

Windows

What we've done

  • New triple glazed vertical sliding windows have now been fitted around the main site
  • Window poles have also been delivered to help open the new windows with ease (please contact Maintenance if you have any issues with the windows or poles)

What's next

  • Phase 2 windows are progressing on programme;  E-Block is well underway and all residents should have been given information regarding their alternative accommodation during the work; the Library areas are very nearly complete - programme is available to view here. 

Electricity 

What we've done

  • The new electric substation has been installed
  • Our electric heat pumps have been tested to prove that they are ready to take over from our old gas boilers
  • The new electric car charging points in the West Car Park are now live, and payment is made via this app

What's next

  • Final commissioning work on the new electric heating and hot water system is underway, so watch this space for a switchover date.

Key dates

  • The South Car Park will be closed from Friday 15th of July until mid 2023 whilst the work is carried out

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Windows

What we've done

  • In the first phase of the decarbonisation project we swapped many of the old glass windows for new triple glazing

What's next

  • The next phase of the decarbonisation project will involve replacing the B Block penthouse windows.
  • The B Block window replacement can be found here.
  • B-Block re-roofing has started to gather pace now; progress has been very good so far and the programme is available to view here.

B Block Roof

The second phase of the Decarbonisation Project will include re-insulating and re-roofing B Block.

What we've done

What's next

  • The scaffolding build is now underway; the main works commence on top of the Penthouses between September 12th and September 19th with the lower areas of the roof starting around October 10th; periods of noise will be kept to a minimum.
  • Penthouse residents will receive individual notification regarding the replacement of their windows later in the year.

 

Updated Tuesday 27 September

Windows

What's next

  • Phase 2 windows are progressing on programme; E-Block has now started and all residents should have been given information regarding their alternative accommodation 2nd floor offices and Library Carrells are nearing completion.
  • For a programme of the work and the scheduled dates please see here.

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Please see Family Courtyard | Wolfson College, Oxford for current work information affecting F, G & H Block. 

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Watch this space for new information

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Electricity

What we've done

  • The project team continue working through the interior of Robin Gandy.  South Block work is due to commence on the 7 October.  
  • The project team have begun working inside the building to remove the gas boilers from each flat, having started with N105 (please follow this link for the full schedule). The team have now begun to tidy up the outside areas of trenching.
  • The dates for all work scheduled to take place over the coming months can be found here 
  • Robin Gandy residents have received their individual programme of work directly

Grounds & Gardens

  • Robin Gandy fountain will spring back into life over the next few weeks; part of the original building design it has been dormant for the past few years – our maintenance and grounds team are working hard to re-invigorate it.
  • Some much needed tree tidying works around Robin Gandy, the Playground and other areas of site following a recent tree survey, will be taking place over the coming weeks.

Updated Tuesday 27 September

The next phase of the decarbonisation project will work on the Annexe and some of our properties on Chadlington Road, Linton Road and Garford Road. Work on our Linton Road properties continues, and the Annexe is closed until mid 2023. A high level programme is available here link.

Windows

What's next

  • In some of the properties the existing windows will be replaced with new triple glazing, and some new insulation will also be fitted 

Electricity

What's next

  • A number of the old gas boilers will be replaced with electric air source heat pumps 
  • We'll also be laying some new pipework in preparation for the switchover from gas to electric