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Case study - small housing development

Topic: ventilation, case study, Efficiency, Air-source heat pump, Domestic hot water, Direct electric heating

The client

A developer building new homes for social housing and for private sale.

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Case study - small housing development

Apartment innovations 4: the direct electric option

Topic: heating, eco controls, Efficiency, Domestic hot water, atBOS, Direct electric heating, Automation

There are many innovations transforming building services driven mainly by the huge challenge of achieving Net Zero targets. In a series of articles, we look at these innovations specifically where they are appropriate for apartment blocks.

In this final article in the series, we look at using direct electric space...

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Apartment innovations 4: the direct electric option

Psi-values: What are they and why do they matter?

Topic: UK building regulations, Building performance, Regulation, SAP

In this article we look at the impact of psi-values and why they matter. Psi-values are a measure of the heat loss of a junction between two fabric elements, eg floor and external wall. These junctions are called non-repeating thermal bridges.

Previous iterations of the UK Building Regulations have raised awareness of...

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Psi-values: What are they and why do they matter?

Apartment innovations 3: hydrogen in the gas main

Topic: heating, Infrastructure, Natural gas, Domestic hot water, Hydrogen

There are many innovations transforming building services driven mainly by the huge challenge of achieving Net Zero targets. In a series of articles, we look at these innovations specifically where they are appropriate for apartment blocks.

In this this article of the series we look at the advantages and disadvantages...

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Apartment innovations 3: hydrogen in the gas main

Apartment innovations 2: heat pumps powering heat networks

Topic: heating, District heating, heat network, Air-source heat pump, Net zero, Heat pump, Waste heat

There are many innovations transforming building services driven mainly by the huge challenge of achieving Net Zero targets. In a series of articles, we look at these innovations specifically where they are appropriate for apartment blocks.

Here we look at heat pump use within heat networks.

Because fifth-generation...

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Apartment innovations 2: heat pumps powering heat networks

Heat pumps take on direct electric heating in London

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Energy, Air-source heat pump, Domestic hot water, ASHP, Direct electric

Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) are widely promoted as a source of low-cost, low-carbon space and water heating. However, a model of ASHP-powered heating in London shows that they compare unfavourably to heating derived directly from mains electricity, especially when compared to real-world data from flats using direct...

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Heat pumps take on direct electric heating in London

Apartment innovations 1: fifth generation heat networks

Topic: heating, District heating, heat network, Net zero, Domestic hot water, Low temperature heat network, Fifth generation, 5th generation, Regulation

There are many innovations transforming building services driven mainly by the huge challenge of achieving Net Zero targets. In a series of articles, we look at these innovations specifically where they are appropriate for apartment blocks.

Fifth-generation heat network technology uses disseminated energy sources and...

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Apartment innovations 1: fifth generation heat networks

Electric combi boilers - the pros and cons

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Gas, Bills, Electricity

Given the recent rise in gas prices and the UK government’s stated aim of making all newly built homes ‘zero-carbon ready’ by 2025, the need to move away from using gas to heat and produce hot water for domestic properties has been brought into focus.

One of the technologies that is seen as an alternative to a gas...

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Electric combi boilers - the pros and cons

Heating bills are soaring: are we too dependent on gas?

Topic: heating, Energy, Gas, Renewable, Bills, Infrastructure, Natural gas, Electricity, Cost, Price rise, Price shock

This winter’s hike in international natural gas prices will lead to heating price hikes this winter. It exposes the vulnerability of Britain’s dependence on imported gas, both for heating homes and for generating electricity, and illustrates the importance of initiatives to replace gas heating systems.

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Heating bills are soaring: are we too dependent on gas?

The winter gas price shock shows we need renewable energy

Topic: heating, Gas, Renewable, Natural gas, Electricity, Price rise, Price shock, Net zero

If you’ve looked at the news recently, you’ll have seen dire reports of soaring gas prices and dire predictions of either a very expensive or a very cold winter ahead.

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The winter gas price shock shows we need renewable energy

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