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Kensa’s ground source heat pumps bring social housing communities together to help eradicate fuel poverty using cost effective district heating solutions.
Kensa’s community centric ground source heat network solutions, also known as district heating, literally bring communities together to eradicate fuel poverty through an innovative and cost effective approach to community scale heating.
Whether in the design and construction of new homes or for replacement heating system installations, rising fuel prices, concerns over long term energy security and the need to tackle climate change all mean that there is a compelling need for social landlords to provide residents with the lowest heating and hot water costs and highest levels of energy efficiency.
In existing homes space and water heating accounts for almost three-quarters of a typical household energy bill, so tackling the cost of heating is vital in addressing the fuel poverty issue for social tenants.
Whilst in new homes increasingly stringent legislation in the form of building regulations is driving the need for low carbon alternatives to traditional heating.
To reduce reliance on fossil fuels and preserve our natural energy resources, alternative heating solutions which harness renewable energy and reduce overall energy consumption must be considered.
The UK Government has introduced ambitious, legally binding targets to ensure that at least 15% of all UK energy consumption comes from renewable sources by 2020. The production of heat from renewable technologies, such as ground source heat pumps, is a key objective in achieving this.
Together we can achieve this target. How? We call it ‘micro heat networks’ and district heating solutions.
Kensa’s unique approach for social landlords delivers all the benefits of cheap to run, renewable heating systems for individual dwellings, but with the added advantage of enhanced financial benefit under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
Suitable for both new build and retrofit projects, Kensa’s micro heat network design is a truly flexible solution and qualifies as district heating.
Kensa’s innovative heat network system architecture (also known as district heating), features an individual heat pump at each dwelling, linked to a communal ground array. Unlike traditional ground source heat pump designs which feature an individual borehole adjacent to each dwelling, the communal approach reduces drilling costs, enhances flexibility and provides the opportunity for a significantly more attractive financial model, which covers the entire system investment costs within its lifetime.
And significantly, this communal ‘district’ approach is exempt from the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 as there is no central heat generation (the “district” is formed simply by the communal ground array); each property is furnished with its own ground source heat pump so each resident is responsible for their own bill, so there is no requirement for the landlord to either apportion energy bills between residents or indeed meter heat losses through district distribution pipework.
More housing associations should be doing this - what are you waiting for?!"
Steve Grocock, Director of Property Services, Trent & Dove Housing