Heat pumps for social housing

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For social housing providers, heating system upgrades are often a balance between meeting budgets and meeting the needs of tenants. They rely on installers to advise on innovative electric heating that can meet both, combining innovative technologies with flexible funding options to keep running costs down and improve comfort across the entire property portfolio.

Dimplex has developed a comprehensive range of high efficiency air and ground source heat pumps up to 130kW specifically designed to help housing associations and Private Registered Providers meet their objectives. They cater for the highest efficiency renewable heating and cooling solutions, challenging traditional methods of heating, whilst meeting the energy and carbon reduction demands required now and in the future.

The majority of developments are purpose built and therefore must meet the latest building regulations to achieve a “pass” on their SAP calculations. In addition, many sites will be required to meet additional more stringent targets based upon local planning policy - such as a 20% reduction in carbon emissions. Dimplex’s knowledge is central to helping developers understand and meet the changing regulatory landscape and the role that heat pumps can play.

Traditionally this sector has favoured air source heat pumps as the capital costs are lower and the build program is shorter.

A heat pump proves an ideal response for communal social housing properties as the developments typically charge a fixed amenity charge meaning it is not necessary to individually meter the heat to each apartment. The economies of scale of having a number of heat pumps linked together via the Master controller in a central plant room is more economical than numerous small units per apartment.

The high efficiencies of heat pumps are also attractive to social housing providers because they typically maintain the apartment complexes meaning keeping future energy costs low is a key factor.

In the future, as Building regulations drive up Fabric standards, there will be an increasing requirement for cooling. Using a Dimplex ground source heat pump to provide passive cooling offers an ideal solution for intermittent cooling loads. In addition Dimplex offer both air source and ground source ranges that are able to meet greater cooling demands using reverse cycle cooling.