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Worcester, part of the Bosch Group, has provided one of its new Greensource air to water heat pumps to a major sustainability project at the BRE (Building Research Establishment) in Watford.
‘The Renewable House’ is a unique project using renewable materials to deliver a low cost, affordable house that meets Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, with a build cost of £75,000, from groundworks up. Whilst offering significantly minimised embodied CO2, the design of the property also enables the easy enhancement to meet Levels 5 and 6 of the Code.
One of Worcester’s 6kW Greensource air to water heat pumps has been installed in the Renewable House to deliver heating and hot water to the property. The heat pump will feed underfloor heating on the ground floor and radiators on the first floor.
Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, said: “We were extremely pleased when we were approached by Clairline Heating who carried out the heat pump installation. It is an honour for one of our new products to be selected as the sole source of heat for such an important project which should help to improve the level of efficiency in future UK housing stock.”
Designed with scale-up in mind, The Renewable House benefits from rapid construction. With only 12 weeks build time, it provides a groundbreaking solution to the Government's target of building up to 250,000 sustainable, affordable and desirable homes.
The house’s performance will be monitored over a three year period in order to establish evidence of the performance characteristics and the sustainability profile of renewable building materials. It is anticipated the development will demonstrate that low costs and renewable building methods are compatible and together they provide a viable method of delivering these sustainable, affordable homes.