Ground Source Review: Northumberland Fire Stations.
Three Northumberland County Council (NCC) fire stations operated by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have reduced their reliance on fossil fuels and identified innovative ways to generate income to invest back into core services thanks to a recently completed first phase of ground source heating installations managed by Kensa Contracting.
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Ground Source Review: Northumberland Fire Stations
Prudhoe, Amble, and Seahouses fire stations each had their old electric heaters removed and replaced with Kensa ground source heat pumps fed by boreholes drilled in the fire station forecourts.
In all cases, the buildings had to remain operational while the works were ongoing.
Kensa Contracting Ltd were responsible for the full system design carrying out detailed surveys to enable room specific heat losses to be calculated to enable accurate sizing of the heat pump and the heat emitters. Additionally, detailed geological surveys were carried out to design the boreholes. Once on site, Kensa Contracting took full responsibility for managing the projects and employed specialist sub-contractors to carry out the drilling, headering and trenching and the internal installations. Kensa Contracting was also responsible for ensuring that the systems met all eligibility criteria for the non-domestic RHI and were successfully accredited on this scheme.
Councillor Nick Oliver, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, said:
As a council we are determined to do all we can to reduce our carbon footprint while looking at new ways of generating income.
This innovative technology has already proved successful and is something we are looking to expand in the future.