07 Sep 2010 03:09:07
Great progress on low carbon heating
Great progress on low carbon heating at Pilgrims Housing
23 February 2010
A new development of affordable housing in Great Billing, Northamptonshire is benefiting from reliable low cost, low carbon heating with the installation of Ecodan air source heat pumps.
The seven 3-storey terrace properties have been built for Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association, which is a leading provider of affordable homes in the east of England and the east Midlands region. The installations use 5kW Ecodan units, installed at first floor height, linked to a 150 litre cylinder to run a low temperature underfloor circuit on the ground floor and traditional convector radiators on the first and second floors.
“We wanted heating that would provide low energy use to keep fuel bills down whilst helping the BPHA achieve our emissions reduction targets,” explained Sue Davis on behalf of thehHousing association. “The advantage of the Ecodan system is that it is very user-friendly and simple to operate as well.”
The houses have already achieved Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and early signs show that very little energy is being used to keep the properties warm, comfortable and with a constant supply of hot water.
“I was really impressed with the simplicity and effectiveness of such a small and quiet system and we have also saved the time and cost of having to run gas to the estate,” said Duncan Brebner of Life Space Developments, who built the homes for the BPHA.
Mitsubishi Electric has received several environmental and industry awards for its Ecodan range which comes as no surprise to Barney Felce of AMS Ltd, based in Northampton, who installed the systems for Life Space Developments.
“We became an approved Ecodan installer as soon as we saw how Mitsubishi Electric was targeting the market because they have developed an excellent product that answers the need for low energy use,” he explained. “The whole system was very easy to install and performed marvellously as soon as it was commissioned. The underfloor circuit on the ground floor also gives the tenants total freedom in where they put their furnishings.”
The BPHA has grown since its creation in 1990 and now manages more than 15,000 homes across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Maintenance is therefore a major concern for the organisation and this is another attraction of the Ecodan system as Sue Davis explained.
“Our teams will find this system extremely easy to maintain so servicing costs are minimal helping to save the organisation money over the lifetime of the installation.”