New Build

Future proof your new build social housing stock with ground source heat pumps to reduce CO₂ emissions, lower tenant running costs & access the non domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Ground Source Review: Shropshire Rural Housing, Kinlet 8


  • 20 – 25 year heat pump lifetime;
  • 100 year ground array lifetime;
  • Low lifetime ownership costs;
  • Exempt from Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014.

Future proof

Government policy driving new build social housing developments, coupled with increasingly stringent building regulations on environmental standards and energy efficiency mean that low carbon forms of heating are becoming a standard requirement.

Developments in rural or off gas grid areas featuring Kensa ground source heat pumps benefit from reduced CO2 emissions and improved carbon compliance compared to traditional fuels.

Unlike other renewable heating technologies, ground source heat pumps do not require planning permission regarding noise emissions.

Equally, in gas connected areas ground source heat pumps provide a carbon compliance solution without the need for supplementary carbon saving measures, such as solar PV.

Shropshire Rural had a number of reasons for deciding to use ground source in our eight new build homes at Kinlet.

Firstly, as the development is off mains gas, ground source heat pumps provide a source of affordable warmth for our tenants.

Secondly, the pumps have low lifetime costs owing to their minimal maintenance requirements and long life expectancy.

Thirdly, Kensa heat pumps allow us to benefit from the Non Domestic RHI. This means that Kensa ground source heat pumps were, for us, the best choice.

This view is reinforced by the fact that Shropshire Rural has expanded our partnership with Kensa, retrofitting almost one hundred ground source heat pumps to our homes.

Ian Richardson, Shropshire Rural Housing Association Chief Executive

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Shared Ground Loop Arrays

There is currently a substantial under supply of homes in the UK, with Government plans to increase the number of newly constructed homes over the coming years.  Increasingly, Building Regulations are requiring more energy efficient homes with lower CO2 emissions than ever before.

Ground source heat pumps are a proven, efficient way of reducing CO2 emissions from new homes, while bringing the added benefit of extremely low tenant running costs at the same time.

Requiring only an electricity supply, ground source heat pumps are an ideal choice where gas is not available.

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Better still, through Kensa’s innovative ambient-temperature Shared Ground Loop Arrays, multiple properties – each fitted with an individual ground source heat pump – are linked to a communal ground array. This enables landlords to receive a 20 year income through the Renewable Heat Incentive. Importantly, this is only possible through the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which supports residential district heating systems, as the Domestic RHI stream does not support new builds.

It has also been confirmed that social landlords can receive the RHI even if in receipt of an HCA funding grant.

And as there is no central heat generation, Shared Ground Loops with Kensa heat pumps are exempt from the Heat Networks (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014.


How it works

I’d recommend a ground source heat pump to anybody, and it’s not just me talking – my neighbours have all been terrifically pleased with it.

Tenant, Trent & Dove Housing

At Bromford, we’re keen to engage with businesses that deliver innovative products and services that provide efficient and eco-friendly affordable warmth solutions for our customers. Ground source heat pump technology ticks that box in areas where there is no mains gas provision

Mr Fowler, Director of Financial Reporting at Bromford Housing Association

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