A new-build housing development in Dumfries, Scotland is now benefiting from reliable, renewable district heating – thanks to the installation of a large-scale NIBE ground source heat pump. The system is providing central space heating for each of the site’s five new purpose-built supported-housing properties, as well as a dedicated staff base.
The Hallam House development in Beeswing has been supported by joint funding from the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme and Dumfries & Galloway Council, as well as private finance secured by the housing association, Loreburn Housing.
Following an initial design by the appointed M&E engineer, local renewables specialist CoolHeat was brought on board to specify a full GSHP system. This needed to work in partnership with the homes’ water-based underfloor heating to ensure consistent space heating, and also offer straightforward operation and controls. As a NIBE VIP Installer, Stephen Thomson, director at CoolHeat, had extensive experience working with NIBE products, and recommended a 24kW NIBE F1345 GSHP unit to provide space heating for the development.
Stephen says: “The homes and staff building at Hallam House have all been built to a high standard of insulation and heat-loss protection. This, matched with underfloor heating throughout, makes them the ideal development for a central ground source heat pump system. Having worked with NIBE products for more than eight years, I knew the F1345 model would be perfect for the job. It’s not only specifically designed for use in larger applications like this one, but it also offers industry-leading efficiency – reducing running costs and carbon footprints for the whole development.”
CoolHeat sited the main NIBE F1345 heat pump unit in a purpose-built plant room at the rear of the development, and used underground pipework to connect it to a heat station, which feeds into the underfloor heating. The GSHP system is now meeting 100% of Hallam House’s annual space heating demand of 54,283 kWh.
Stephen Thomson continues:
“The system is performing brilliantly, and everyone at Hallam House is very happy with it. Each room has its own thermostat, which works with the GSHP to ensure comfortable temperatures for the permanent residents, and minimal hassle when it comes to programming. From our side, the system was easy to install – and because we’re part of the NIBE VIP Installer scheme, it’s covered by an extended seven-year warranty. It’s also eligible for ongoing payments under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which makes it an even smarter long-term investment for the housing association.”
NIBE’s MCS-accredited F1345 GSHPs can operate using ground, rock or lake as a heat source, and perform at a market-leading SCOP of up to 4.8. When specified as part of a complete NIBE system they have a package rating of A+++ under ErP energy labelling criteria. Alongside Hallam House’s GSHP, CoolHeat fitted a 300-litre NIBE UKV buffer tank to ensure optimum performance and efficiency, even at times of very high heat demand. A NIBE ELK 26 electric boiler has also been installed to provide uninterrupted heat supply in the event of any system disruption.
Fiona Pennington, Development Officer at Loreburn Housing, says:
“Loreburn are extremely pleased with the ground source heating system installed at Hallam House. It has proved to be very reliable and has provided our customers with ample heating for the one bedroom bungalows. The system is fully controllable but also easy to operate. Loreburn have previously installed NIBE products in our homes but this was the first communal ground source system installed. The fact that we can claim RHI payments on this as well as provide our customers with a renewable and efficient heating system made this the right choice for our Hallam House development.”
Robin Adderley, sales and marketing director at NIBE, concludes:
“The Hallam House development at Beeswing is a great example of the benefits of integrating well-designed renewable heating systems into new-build housing. Developers across the board are facing increasing pressure to balance high heat demands with stringent efficiency standards, and that’s exactly what Loreburn Housing has done here. From initial specification right through to installation and customer training, this project has upheld the highest standards throughout – and this is reflected in the excellent results the heat pump is delivering. Here at NIBE, we’re very pleased to have been part of such a successful supported housing build.”
NIBE’s F1345 GSHPs are available in outputs spanning 24kW to 60kW. For more information on the range, or any of the products in NIBE’s portfolio of heating, ventilation, cooling and heat recovery solutions, please visit www.nibe.co.uk.