Hilpert develops and implements intelligent concepts | Warmth is part of feeling good. Modern wellness landscapes therefore offer the most varied types of thermal baths. Energy is required to bring the sauna, steam bath, etc. up to temperature. Foresight in planning, construction and operation helps to reduce energy consumption. The experienced thermal spa specialist Hilpert takes this into account in the run-up to a project. Therefore, economy and ecology go "hand in hand" in the spas he has created.
"Energy efficiency starts with the planning", states Dipl.-Ing. Helmut Hilpert, Managing Director of Hilpert GmbH & Co. KG, said, “An intelligent concept initially takes into account the orientation of the building according to the cardinal points. Then it puts the proposed offer to the test: Is a swimming pool really necessary, for example? ”Once the type and number of functional rooms have been determined, he arranges them so that the warm rooms are as close as possible to one another and preferably not border on the outer wall of the building. The experienced planner also ensures that the outer surfaces of the cabins are as small as possible in order to keep heat loss low.
In addition, the dimensions of the cabins need to be well thought out. Because the size of a sauna increases its energy consumption. As in all other buildings, good thermal insulation helps to reduce heating costs. The amount of electrical energy used for heating should be as low as planned. There are good alternatives: saunas can be heated with wood, for example, and tecaldariums can be operated with pellet heating. In addition, there are heat recovery systems that collect the energy and feed it back into the cabin. You should not save on the amount of air that is circulated during the process, because it contributes significantly to the pleasant sauna climate.
Potential savings in spa operations
Steam bath energy efficiency scheme “Energy savings can also be achieved when operating the spa,” says Hilpert. A swimming pool cover, for example, reduces heat loss.
The steam bath can be maintained in an energy-efficient manner in accordance with the operating times. It is kept constant at the operating temperature by the hot water heating of the building. The steam itself is generated electrically. In the case of smaller systems, an on-demand control is available. The steam is then available with a few minutes' waiting time and only when it is actually needed.
"For smaller systems, it is also advisable to use smaller whirlpool tubs instead of a whirlpool that is permanently available, in which the water is changed after each bath," advises Hilpert, "This way a spa can react flexibly to current needs."
Environmentally friendly production
The corporate philosophy includes the responsible use of natural resources. That is why Hilpert not only plans and builds energy-efficient spas for discerning customers at home and abroad, but also works with environmentally friendly systems. Naturally, the Fulda ceramic company has a waste water recycling plant. The kilns of the manufactory are arranged centrally so that their warmth can radiate into the surrounding rooms. "We also recover a large part of the heat from the stove and feed it into the heating circuit in the office," reports Hilpert. Intelligent operational planning shortens routes and reduces energy losses.
Photovoltaic systems generate electricity on the roofs of the company premises. A CO2-neutral wood heating system supplies the exhibition rooms with cozy warmth. Waste from the production process - such as clay and glazes - is fed back into the system. The employees also reuse packaging materials.