Example: Multiple Dwellings (small)

If your small development involves as few as two dwellings, you can utilise a micro-district ground source heat pump system architecture to provide low cost heating and hot water.

Find the recommended ground source heat pump design for your new build development and establish the heat pump installation costs using our costed examples.

A micro-district ground source heat pump system features individual heat pumps in each dwelling, all fed from the same central ground array. This ground array can be made up of either coiled pipe known as slinkiesboreholes or pond mats, and it is sized to deal with the peak heat demand of all the dwellings combined.

Benefits of a micro district system

As each dwelling features its own individual ground source heat pump, the occupier has complete control of their own heating and hot water system. And because the heat pump is connected to the house electrical distribution board, the occupier receives their own bill, therefore eliminating the need for any cross-billing.

Because heat is produced by the individual heat pump inside each dwelling, there are no external heat losses which makes this system not only versatile but also energy efficient.

Costed example for water source

Water is an excellent conductor of heat and therefore water source ground source heat pump systems are extremely energy efficient.

If your development has access to a stream, river, pond or lake, then you should consider harnessing this freely available energy source.

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Costed example for slinkies

If the plot is rural and surrounded by lots of exposed land area, then slinkies would be a viable option for a ground source installation.

Slinkies are the name given to coiled pipe buried in trenches at a depth of 1-2m where the ground temperature remains constant all year round.

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Costed example for boreholes

If the development is in an urban area for example and has limited exposed land, boreholes would be the best option.

Boreholes can usually be drilled into any type of ground and are a perfect space-saving solution, as the depth of the hole(s) is varied to suit the heat requirement.

Micro district borehole systems are ideally suited to larger projects with a minimum of 20 properties.

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Which RHI is right for me?

This scenario features multiple domestic properties with a micro-district ground source heat pump system on a shared ground array.

This set up would be eligible for quarterly index-linked payments from the Non Domestic RHI for 20 years,

Don’t think this RHI scenario applies to you? Click here for other options.

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