Category Seven

Energy Efficient Improvements Using
Renewable Technologies

Winner: UKFM
Sponsor: British Gas

The main objective has been to replace old, expensive to run storage heating and electric wet heating systems in six multi-storey blocks of flats with heat pumps. Called the Toryglen Project it is an £18m British Gas CESP funded project for Thistle Housing Association.

Original construction of the multi-storey blocks meant that two, completely different renewable heating solutions needed to be developed to deliver the requirements of the tenants and the housing association.

Work was very successfully undertaken by UKFM Renewable Technologies working in partnerships with Cool Planet part of British Gas to deliver the ASAP part of the contract. This was split into tow parts comprising 112 individual Mitsubishi Ecodan heat pumps fitted to two of the apartment blocks and six Delonghi 100kw heat pumps supplying the other four blocks.

A total of 232 properties now have all of their heating and hot water needs met by the fitted heat pumps. As a result the flats are much more energy efficient, less expensive to run and the housing association benefits from carbon savings of over 11,000 tons per year!

Judges’ comments: It was incredibly hard to choose between the two shortlisted submissions but the final decision was underlined by the award’s principal objective to ‘show great potential for mass market adoption.’ The winning scheme reflected this and relied on only two key technologies confirming that heat pumps could be installed in all UK high rise blocks and a district heating heat pump approach was feasible for other tower blocks.

Runner up: Penwith Housing Association