Such inefficiency is the legacy of an out-dated approach to the built environment. This is now changing. With increased awareness surrounding our carbon footprint and dramatic increases in our energy bills, attitudes to design and construction are shifting towards a more efficient built environment. This progressive approach to design combined with different technologies allow both new and old properties to become more efficient and comfortable, enabling a dramatic reduction in energy bills and importantly, our carbon footprint. This reduction will play a huge part in Brighton & Hove’s One Planet Living status as up to 40% of overall energy usage comes from the buildings we live and work in.
This photo essay uses technology to capture and illuminate the unseen savings brought through the adoption of science and design. Focusing on the buildings across Brighton and Hove that have been built or retrofitted to become more efficient, thermal imaging technology illustrates the variations in temperature. The result is an ability to photograph the movement of heat across a building thus identifying if heat and energy are where they need to be.
This photo essay is generously sponsored by E.ON.
Jason Larkin, (b. 1979) is a British photographer recognised for his desire to forefront the subjects on the periphery of current affairs. Soon after finishing his studies Larkin worked as a documentary photographer across the Middle East and Africa, with his work published worldwide. His latest body of work Tales From The City Of Gold (Kehrer, 2013) has just been published both as a monograph in Europe and as a bilingual newspaper publication for Africa.
Larkin is the recipient of numerous awards including, most recently the PDN Arnold Newman New Portraiture Award and a Renaissance Photography Prize. His freely-distributed publication, Cairo Divided was nominated for both the Deutsche Börse and Prix Pictet photography awards. Recent solo exhibitions include Flowers Gallery, London and Farnsworth Art Museum, USA and he has exhibited at the Brighton Photo Biennial and Hereford Photography Festival.
In 2013 he moved from Johannesburg and is now based in London. From London, he has been continuing his focus on themes of social and collective identity surrounding environments and their interaction with the landscape. He outputs his work using a variety of conventional and new formats to ensure his work reaches multiple audiences.
The development of properties into more efficient and environmentally sound habitats is an engaging and positive story. However, visually it is a little more challenging as what is essentially being tackled is not visible to the human eye; we cannot see heat leaking through walls or cold air moving through floorboards, except with a thermal imaging camera. These cameras pick up variations in temperature through radiation detection in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum.
There are two main reasons for choosing to work with this technology. The main one is the ability to see and capture the results of retrofitted and passive building projects; buildings built specifically to reduce the amount of energy used and lost. This allows viewers to see and experience a real sense of the movement of heat through a building. To bring an even greater clarity, where possible I have included surrounding buildings in the photographs that have not been retrofitted, thus creating a colour contrast between the two different buildings.
The second reason was to take advantage of the unique style in which this camera captures and creates images. The effects of the thermal radiation detected and the use of colour palates produce a striking and different style of image, but also one that references a more technical and scientific aesthetic.
This project was kindly supported by Ti Thermal Imaging Ltd who provided the thermal imaging equipment: www.thermalimaging.co.uk
The Lock Crossing, Shoreham Port
In 2012 Shoreham Port was awarded Eco-Port status by the European Sea Ports Organisation. In 2013 we became only oneof seven UK ports to achieve PERS (Port Environmental Review System), which is an independently certified environmental management standard, recognised throughout Europe. A recent review of our green strategy by Cardiff University described Shoreham Port as exemplary in its approach and achievements.
One of our key aims is to significantly r educe our carbon footprint. The main focus so far has been on switching to onsite renewable energy and at the same time cutting our use of energy overall. We already have over 2000 solar panels installed on our buildings in partnership with Brighton Energy Co-op and more are planned. We also propose to erect two medium sized wind turbines to power the pump house, which is our biggest user of electricity.
Other renewable technologies are being investigated to replace our gas powered heating systems. As well as generating green energy we are carrying out an energy audit of all our operations and identifying efficiencies such as the use of LED lighting.
Other possibilities for the future are the use of electric vehicles to get around the port and supplying the ships with green energy while they are here at Shoreham.
How to get there:
Closest train station: Southwick
Cycle: On National and Regional Cycle Network, Route 2
Car: parking available nearby but not onsite
Wheelchair accessible: yes
One Planet City: Professional Commissions 2014 - 2015
Ten photo essays responding to the ten sustainability principles of One Planet Living with ten site-specific installations in public spaces across Brighton & Hove.