September 2014 – January 2015


Project details:

Roly worked with local Architect Freeman Brear to specify the design of the new build project in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, builders Salmon Brothers, and the homeowner, to build and establish the ultimate eco-house.

The main necessities outlined by the client for a renewable heating solution were reliability, automation and ease of use. The development was taking place in a built-up area which meant it was essential that noise levels were to be kept low to prevent any disturbances.

Having investigated what the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) entailed, the family opted to have an air source heat pump installed. We suggested a Panasonic Aquarea system which would meet heating and hot water requirements. The Panasonic offers fantastic noise levels, making it ideal for built-up areas. And with the “T-Cap” technology they can be sure of consistent power all year round.

Our engineers positioned the Panasonic T-Cap Air Source Heat Pump against the side of the house in the garden, along with a High Gain Cylinder and Buffer Tank hidden at the back of the garage. Once the Air Source Heat Pump was firmly in place, we were able to integrate the system to enhance the capabilities of the properties newly installed under-floor heating, radiators, towel rails and hot water.

This eco-conscious family also opted for integrated Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels on the roof of the property, providing electricity with a Solar iBoost which diverts excess energy from the PV array to heat the water in the tank for free.

Throughout the progression of the new build, we installed the bathrooms and also a Charnwood log burner in the living room.

The project completed in January 2015, a mere five months after it began. The family has now moved into the property and is benefitting from constant heating and hot water. As the Aquarea heat pump is MCS accredited, the homeowner is also reaping the benefits from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the Feed-in Tariff (for solar) for every kWh of renewable energy produced.

The attraction of a self-build project is that the owner can put more consideration into the products they specify, and explore how these solutions can benefit them in the future. It comes as no surprise that renewable technology is a high priority for self-build projects, and we are seeing the attention turn from traditional heating systems, to solutions such as Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) and Solar panels. To find out how you can benefit, please give us a call on 01353 669000 or e-mail or visit our showroom: 69 High Street, Sutton, Ely, Cambs, CB6 2NL.