Commercial Accommodation

Take a permanent holiday from heating bills!

From holiday parks to holiday lodges, hotels to B&B’s, student housing to care homes, Kensa’s ground source heat pumps are helping commercial accommodation owners to keep guests warm all year round whilst significantly reducing heating bills and receiving a guaranteed quarterly income via the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for 20 years.

And as the RHI payment for a Kensa ground source heat pump is far more than the cost of running the heat pump, when the accommodation is vacant it will continue to generate a profit for maintaining an ambient temperature whilst reducing long term maintenance issues like damp.

Kensa Heat Pumps Holiday Lodge Configurations

By pairing Kensa heat pumps with Shared Ground Loop Arrays, commercial accommodation sites featuring as few as two dwellings can attract 20 years of quarterly payments through the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), creating a significant return on investment for the property owner or attracting external funders to own and operate the ground array infrastructure, alleviating site owners of the costs of the shared ground loop array.

Having a ground source heat pump is a unique selling point for the properties; lots of customers appreciate the fact that we have a sustainable heating system installed. We won our local Sustainable Tourism Awards in 2014, and obviously the ground source heat pump system played a big part in this victory.

Mrs Robinson, owner of Broadgate Farm

What Are Shared Ground Loop Arrays?

Mimicking a traditional gas framework, Kensa’s innovative Shared Ground Loop Arrays use ambient-temperature pipework to link a series of ground arrays to individual heat pumps inside multiple units.

Each property’s heat pump then upgrades the low temperature heat from the ground (or water source) for independent heating and hot water, all year round.

Attracting a generous quarterly income for 20 years through the Non Domestic RHI, accommodation owners have the freedom to fully fund their Shared Ground Loop Array system and reap the significant return on investment, or attract external funders who are permitted to own and operate the ground array infrastructure; this split-ownership allows commercial accommodation owners to bypass the most expensive aspect of a ground source heat pump installation.

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The advantages of this system configuration:

  • As few as two buildings qualify;
  • Receive 20 years of income via the Non Domestic RHI;
  • Split-ownership of ground arrays enables developers or investors to retain the RHI;
  • Exempt from Heat Network Metering & Billing Regulations;
  • Extremely low CO2 emissions enabling easy carbon and building regulations compliance;
  • No combustion – no NOx, SOx, or particulates emissions;
  • Lowest energy bills; slightly lower than mains gas, significantly lower than air source heat pumps, LPG & oil;
  • No district heat losses;
  • Potential for free summer cooling;
  • Scalable and flexible district size can be deployed in sections;
  • Ultra-efficient and reliable.

Added GSHP Benefits

Guaranteed income

In addition to reduced energy bills and a guaranteed non domestic RHI income for 20 years, commercial accommodation owners will also appreciate low service, minimal maintenance and low whole life ownership costs of ground source heat pump systems.


Protected from the outdoor elements by being housed inside the property itself, Kensa’s unique Shoebox heat pump or the new Evo heat pump can be expected to provide a service life of at least 20 years, while once installed, the ground array will provide a renewable energy source for four to five times that, servicing replacement heat pumps long into the future.

No servicing

Ground source heat pumps make use of standard refrigeration technology, and just like a domestic refrigerator, are fully factory sealed meaning they have no regular servicing or ongoing preventative maintenance requirements.


Unlike an LPG boiler, there is no fuel combustion, meaning heat pumps do not require an annual safety inspection and there is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

No bulk fuel

There is no longer any need for bulk fuel purchases or fuel storage areas – the electricity needed to run the heat pumps is simply provided by each property’s electricity supply, while the rest comes free from your sites natural resources. As such, lifetime ownership costs are far lower than any other technology.

No permanent damage to the ground

Ground source heat pumps are buried in the ground or submerged in water, your guests won’t know they are there – but they will last there for 100 years!

No disruption

Ground source heat pumps take just 2-3 days to be installed, and can be staggered to suit you.

No income uncertainties

The amount you make through the RHI is based on deemed heat consumption taken from the property’s Energy Performance Certificate, so if your site requires heat and hot water all year round, you can be sure of a guaranteed RHI income all year round.

The average ground source heat pump cost per holiday property is £10,000 – £13,000. You will get this back typically in just 8 – 10 years through a guaranteed 20 year non domestic RHI income for the lifetime of the heat pump.

No saving uncertainties

Ground source heat pumps operate all year round and are meticulously sized to deliver all of your heat and hot water needs, so you can be sure of the system’s performance 365 days a year.

Costed Example

Holiday Lodges

Linking individual Kensa heat pumps inside holiday lodges or cottages with communal Shared Ground Loop Arrays attracts Non Domestic RHI income for 20 years, as well as reducing installation costs, whilst providing an ultra-efficient low-carbon and low-cost means of delivering heat and hot water all year round.

Explore Kensa’s costed example for installing Kensa ground source heat pumps in holiday accommodation here.

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Which RHI is right for me?

In this example, multiple domestic properties are linked to a Shared Ground Loop Array.

This scenario is eligible for the Non Domestic RHI.

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In this example, a domestic property with an integral swimming pool and a commercial property are linked to a single ground array.

This scenario is eligible for the Non Domestic RHI.

Living where we do, surrounded by rolling Welsh hills, we are very conscious that our luxury holiday accommodation should strive towards being eco-friendly. To do this we decided we wanted a heating system that paired technological innovation with natural resources. It is also very important for our guests to be comfortable during their stay with access to a constant supply of heating and hot water.

Mr Phillips, owner of Secret Yurts

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Brochures: Holiday Accommodation Brochure (v2.2)

Download Kensa’s guide to ground source heat pumps for holiday accommodation.

Videos: Holiday Parks & Ground Source Heat Pumps

Watch Kensa’s video guide to ground source heat pumps in holiday parks, lodges and chalets.