Air source solution is 'perfect' for penthouse

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Published: 14 February 2017


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The apartment has underfloor heating
A city-centre penthouse apartment in Norwich is enjoying free green heating and hot water following the installation of an air source heat pump powered by solar PV panels.

Built on the roof of a 1930s art deco style former factory, originally used in the shoe industry, the two-bedroom penthouse is situated four storeys up on a busy Norwich street. With panoramic views of the city, the apartment has been built to the highest environmental standards, with renewable energy providing all the heating and hot water needed by homeowner Alan Cole.
​Renewable heating expert Finn Geotherm specified and installed a 6kW Dimplex air source heat pump, which is powered by solar PV panels on the roof. The apartment has underfloor heating and a compact hot water cylinder, both of which are supplied by the heat pump.

Mr Cole said: “I was looking to future-proof my home and, as a new build, I wanted to choose the best option for heating and hot water. An architect friend had used Finn Geotherm on another project and suggested air source as the perfect solution. The addition of solar PV panels means the heat pump uses green energy and in essence, my heating and hot water are free. I was delighted with the installation – the system has worked perfectly from the minute it was turned on and, as it’s self-regulating, I don’t need to keep adjusting it. I know I will always come back to a warm home.”

The installation is also benefitting from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a government financial incentive which rewards people and businesses for opting for renewable energy.