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Kensa Present the Benefits of Using Ground Source Heat Pumps for Housing Association, Council and Local Authority Retrofit Schemes

EXETER, England Feb. 2, 2011 Ground source heat pumps social housing renewable energy manufacturer heat pump installation of a heat pump system

benefits of a ground source heat pump

  • Reduction in fuel cost for tenants, especially in off gas areas,
  • Reduced maintenance cost for owners,
  • For new builds the use of High Temperature GSHP’s can provide 100% of the heating and hot water demand of the property which can significantly help towards achieving Code 4.
  • Large Carbon Savings, as well as…
  • Renewable Heat Incentive.

15th July 2009 will be eligible for the RHI. anticipated RHI payments

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In addition, many drilling contractors are beginning to specialise in geothermal drilling and are recognising that they need to also provide a trenching service (to link the borehole to the manifold location on the building perimeter) and a concrete platform to accommodate the heat pump itself.  In some cases, innovative contractors are offering to install the heat pump leaving a separate contractor to perform the internal works.

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Before anyone can commit to specifying a ground source heat pump, it is important to establish whether ground source is a feasible option.  This can be established by answering a few simple questions:

1. Is there sufficient land available to install the required ground loops?


As the mobilization cost of drilling rigs is a high proportion of the total installation cost, it is generally most cost effective to do a number of properties in a single phase of works, economies of scale will reduce the cost per property the more bore holes are drilled.

2. Is the building going to be well insulated?

Download the Kensa Factsheet which outlines the importance of a well insulated building.

3. What sort of heating distribution system is currently in place, or what heating distribution system is proposed?

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4. What level of financial commitment can be given to installing a ground source heat pump?

Costs of installing ground source heat pump will depend on the size of the property and the insulation measures in place and the volume of house to be installed.

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Running costs will depend on a number of factors as above, and also the usage behaviour of the tenant. If the heat pump is used to replace oil, night storage, or solid fuel. The running cost saving to the tenant will be significant, however, some education will be required to ensure they use the system effectively and retain the greatest running cost saving.

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About Kensa Engineering


Accolades for Kensa have included the 2008 Ashden Award for UK Business of the Year, the 2009 Housing Excellence Award for Product of the Year and the 2009 Corgi Live Green Manufacturer of the Year award.

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