Paxton’s “green” Net2 access control system saves money for Canoe England

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Paxton - Canoe England
Paxton - Canoe England

With the UK facing one of the worst droughts in fifty years this month, the need to conserve water is more important than ever. Paxton’s market leading electronic access control system, Net2, has energy efficient features built in. This helps companies to save money on utility bills and promote a greener outlook.

Canoe England is a government run organisation that supports the development of canoeing in England. In 2010, with help from the Carbon Trust and the Environment Agency, Canoe England’s latest site, Manver’s Waterfront and Boat Club opened its doors to water sports enthusiasts in Yorkshire. The club uses the Net2 access control system from Paxton to control water usage, ensuring that its green credentials are sound.

During the planning stages of the boat club development, chairman, Chris Hawkesworth, was looking for an access system that could manage security but also control other facilities inside the clubhouse. As a government funded building, making sure the boat club runs as economically as possible is paramount. Hot water for the showers, basins, kitchen and heating system is generated by a heat pump from the lake itself. The need to promote energy efficiency, stick to budget and save on expenses like water usage all has to be taken into consideration. With its energy saving capabilities, Paxton’s Net2 access control system seemed like the perfect solution.

Chris says: “In the past we have often had problems keeping the water usage to a minimum as people would leave the showers on. We needed a green solution that was vandal proof as well.”

Chris called in Richard Muscroft, of Churchill Security, who specified Paxton’s networked Net2 access control system to manage the club’s requirements.

Richard says: “When Chris told me what shower system the club was using, I realised I could integrate with Net2 access control units to activate the showers. This meant that we could set a timer on the showers via the Net2 software, ensuring minimum water use and therefore the greenest possible solution. Of course, Net2 is also ideal for providing total security on the club’s doors.”

Chris says: “A club like this has to keep its costs down to keep going at all. Net2 is so easy to use. We’ve had no maintenance call outs and no emergencies. It has simply given us an economical, green security solution that’s ideal for this Canoe England site, or any sustainable building.”

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