A National Trust property in South Wales is using heat pump technology to provide heating and hot water.
Gupton Farm recently underwent a major renovation project to become an activity centre and National Trust visitor base at Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire. The site also features camping, farmhouse accommodation and community facilities.
A 1,200m ground loop solution was installed with the heat pump to extract required heat from the ground to supply heat to the above buildings, linking back to a central plant room 70m away. Green Warmth also upgraded the heating distribution system within the farmhouse and provided a new underfloor heating solution to the renovated reception and warden’s accommodation. The farmhouse was also upgraded with insulation within the loft to improve heat loss and to meet current regulations.
Elgan Roberts, National Trust renewables project manager, Wales, said: “Our latest green holiday destination at Gupton Farm in Pembrokeshire is part of our commitment to reducing environmental impact, using less energy, with appropriate renewable technology where possible. So far, we have reduced our energy use by 35% and are well on our way to halving the use of fossil fuels by 2020.
“The state-of-the-art, ground-source heat pump at the farm that provides all the heating and hot water in the bunkhouse and the visitor reception, is a fantastic way to be energy efficient, environmentally friendly and aesthetically allows visitors to enjoy a special place where you reconnect with nature and breathe in the salty sea air.”
Michele Bromley from Green Warmth said: “The client is extremely happy with the system. We will continue to monitor its performance to provide the National Trust with data on running costs and energy efficiency.”