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Ground Source Heat Pumps for Commercial Buildings

From offices and holiday homes to schools and fire stations, Kensa’s heat pumps can heat and cool all kinds of commercial buildings.

Our long-lasting ground source heat pumps give businesses the benefit of reduced overheads, significantly lower carbon emissions and long-term running cost savings. All by using free heat from the ground.

Ground source heat pumps with farms and agricultural businesses

What are the benefits of commercial ground source heat pumps?

Improved energy performance & eco-friendly credentials

Improve your property’s energy performance and BREEAM scores, and demonstrate your sustainability to stakeholders with a low-carbon heating system.

Reduced overheads

Save up to 50% on your energy bills with a ground source heat pump vs. a fossil-fuelled system. As well as cutting repair and maintenance costs, Kensa’s heat pumps do not require annual servicing over their 20-year lifetime.

Reliable heating & hot water

Modular and flexible heat pump configurations ensure efficient heating at all times, no matter how big the heat demand – minimising system failures and business impact.

Cooling without the carbon

Kensa’s ground source heat pumps can provide passive cooling or active cooling to businesses, providing affordable and low-carbon cooling that is kinder to the environment and purse.

BMS compatible

By utilising Kensa’s modular commercial heat pumps, heating and cooling can be provided simultaneously to different parts of a building via a Building Management System (BMS).

Installation won’t disrupt your workflow

With the majority of the work completed outside, installing a ground source heat pump won’t disrupt your business commitments.

Diversification opportunities

For businesses looking to diversify, ground source heat pumps offer endless possibilities – from transforming former farm buildings into eco-friendly holiday lodges to utilising excess on-site electrical generation and delivering heat for new offshoot business ventures, such as drying or hydroponics.

Funding options

Depending on your exact project type, there is a range of heat pump funding options that we can advise you on. Visit this page to explore current streams.

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What types of commercial heat pumps suit businesses?

Kensa’s range of commercial heat pumps

From the small-but-mighty Shoebox ground source heat pump to modular Commercial Plant Room systems providing infinite opportunities, Kensa has a ground source heat pump for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

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Cascaded systems for high demands

A cascaded heat pump system is an affordable and reliable way to balance heating needs over the season, making it ideal for commercial buildings with fluctuating high heat demands.

Through multiple heat pumps, the system flexes between periods of minimum and maximum heat demand. For example, during the spring and summer when the need for heat is lower, only one heat pump is in operation – with subsequent heat pumps turning on in the colder months.

See our guide to cascaded systems

Heat pumps for offices

Ground source heat pumps attract and retain visitors, staff and tenants by creating comfortable and sustainable places to work. They deliver cooling to data rooms. They can even use waste heat from data centres to provide free heat, further enhancing the heat pump system’s efficiency and reducing your costs.

Commercial ground source heat pumps are more than capable of meeting the heat and hot water demands of offices. To aid energy efficiency and balance high heat demands, multiple heat pumps can be connected through a cascaded system.

See an office case study
Ground Source Review Orkney Islands, Warehouse Buildings Heat Pump 3

Heat pumps for public sector buildings

Schools, council buildings, fire stations and universities use commercial heat pumps to save on heating costs, energy consumption and carbon emissions.

As well as reducing the carbon footprint for future generations, using renewable energy sets a positive example in education.

Meanwhile, ground source heat pumps in public buildings help to achieve carbon reduction commitments and deliver heating and hot water without the risks of flammable gases or fuels.

See a council case study
Stakeford Depot & Riverside Centre ground source heat pump case study: cascaded commercial plant room heat pumps

Heat pumps for holiday accommodation

Ideal for new or existing holiday lodges, Kensa’s ground source heat pumps provide each property with a complete renewable heating and hot water system. They deliver 100% of the property’s needs all year round at a fraction of the cost of electric or LPG heating; common heating alternatives for such applications.

A heat pump provides the best heating for holiday homes because:

  • The ground source heat pump gives your holiday home an eco-friendly and sustainable selling point.
  • There’s no audible or visual pollution to spoil the scenery for guests.
  • There’s no need for fuel deliveries.
  • Minimal maintenance is required.
See a holiday let case study

Heat pumps for farms

There are many factors that have cemented the role of renewable ground source heating systems in future-proofing agricultural businesses. These include political and environmental pressures, the supply, cost, and phase-out of fossil fuels, and complex biomass compliance requirements.

For many farming businesses, installing ground source heat pumps brings a wealth of diversification opportunities. Ground source is particularly suited to agricultural businesses with readily available land or water sources for ground arrays, whilst the land can still be used for crops or grazing.

Ground source heat pump systems can also be easily integrated with existing renewable technologies such as hydro, Solar PV and wind turbines, allowing business owners to direct any surplus heat into new business opportunities.

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Farm buildings with ground source heat pump

Why should businesses use commercial heat pumps?

Besides the cost-saving benefits, ground source heat pumps help businesses meet environmental obligations.

Kensa’s renewable heating systems comply with the government’s net-zero target. This is an aim for industry and individuals to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. Accounting for 18% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions, businesses have a significant part to play in achieving this target.¹ To put the carbon savings into perspective, ground source heating can in fact reduce emissions by as much as 77% versus a gas boiler.

Case studies for heat pumps in commercial buildings

Secret Yurts campsite in Wales

Terry and Tracey’s luxury yurts boasted underfloor heating, bathrooms, showers and hot tubs. The problem was, their oil-fired boiler was pricey and their remote location made fetching supplies a struggle.

By installing Kensa heat pumps into their farmhouse, holiday cottage and facilities block, Terry and Tracey reaped the advantages of cheaper bills and a nature-friendly selling point to attract even more visitors.

See the Secret Yurts case study
Secret Yurts Glamping Wales

Hornsea Garden Centre in Hull

Already at one with nature, Hornsea Garden Centre was the perfect match for commercial heat pumps. As part of their renovation project, owners Charles and Robert Stubbs incorporated two commercial heat pumps to feed the centre’s high heat demands. Their business continues to feel the benefits of quick, efficient and affordable warmth.

See Hornsea’s case study

I found that Kensa's expertise, knowledge and customer support simply couldn’t be matched by other companies.”

Elaine Robinson, Business Owner

References

  1. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 2019 UK greenhouse gas emissions

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