Church conversion in Powys, Wales
Ground source heat pump for this 18th Century church conversion in Wales
Ground Sun recommended a ground source heat pump for this conversion of a 18th Century church in Powys, Wales. The rural location is off the gas grid and therefore a heat pump was the ideal solution. An 8.5kW Kensa heat pump was chosen as sufficient to provide all the heating and hot water for this 274m2 property.
As the property had land available, 3 x 50 meter trenches were dug by the builders on the project and filled with a total of 900 meters of PE32mm slinky pipe.
Ground Sun worked closely with the architects and the builders on this project making recommendations about underfloor heating and insulation to ensure the heat pump would work as efficiently as possible and to satisfy the client's desire for a sustainable, energy efficient home.
The client enjoys quarterly payments from the government's Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI), these payments will continue for a 7-year period.
"When we decided to convert an empty and near-derelict former church in Powys, to be our future home we had a number of pre-requisites.
We wanted the conversion to be sensitive to the original building. We also wanted its future as a domestic dwelling to be sustainable and as environmentally friendly as was practical.
For heating and hot water we investigated using a ground source heat pump connected to underfloor heating and hot water generation. Opting for a system recommended and to be installed by Ground Sun was easy. They impressed from the outset with their depth of knowledge and obvious enthusiasm for sustainable energy.
Ground Sun worked very closely with our builders and made recommendations about underfloor heating technology and insulation, in order to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the system. They were both reliable and neat in carrying out the installation and the after-sales service has been second to none. They advised and assisted on registering the system with Ofgem to access funding from a Government's Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme
One year on we have a beautiful home which is comfortably warm throughout the cooler or cold months, but is able to retain its cool interior at the height of the summer. Hot water is constant and plentiful. It almost feels magical to be able to flick a shower on each morning without having to rely on gas or electric central heating boilers.
The system is intuitive to use and easy to adjust seasonally if required.
The guaranteed funding for 7 years which we have accessed is a considerable bonus, virtually paying for the cost of all the heating and hot water system. Needless to say the running costs of the ground source heat pump are negligible compared to more traditional systems.
We cannot recommend Ground Sun and this form of energy too highly."