GTC and Kensa announce major partnership to deliver renewable heating to new build homes

UK installer and operator of last mile multi-utility networks, GTC, and heat pump installer The Kensa Group have joined forces to deliver a clean alternative to gas in the form of the Networked Ground Source Heat Pump solution.
GTC and Kensa announce major partnership to deliver renewable heating to new build homes
Kensa Shoebox NX Ground Source Heat Pump. Courtesy of Kensa Group.

Gas will be banned in new build developments in the UK from next year under the Future Homes Standard, requiring all new homes to have low-carbon heating. The Networked Ground Source Heat Pump solution provides reliable home heating and hot water through a ground source heat pump installed in each property, connected to a shared network of hidden underground pipework, similar to what is installed for other utilities.

Kensa’s compact 'Shoebox' heat pump will fit neatly under the water cylinder inside the home, saving valuable space and eliminating the need for any external kit, so there's no visual impact on the property.

With up to five times the efficiency of gas and a 30 percent increased efficiency than an equivalent air source heat pump, these ground source heat pumps require no extra electricity capacity, easing developer concerns about site grid capacity.

The GTC and Kensa partnership, the largest to be agreed between a utility infrastructure provider and a UK ground source heat pump manufacturer, will bring significant scale, funding, and technical skill to the deployment of networked ground source heat pumps for the new build market – delivering a complete end-to-end heating, hot water, and cooling solution for housebuilders.

Through this groundbreaking agreement, GTC will provide the funded solution to housing developers, along with the design, borehole drilling, and network installation, which can be implemented alongside the other utility networks as part of a one-stop shop.

Kensa, which has pioneered networked ground source heat pumps in the UK for more than a decade, will add its expertise in infrastructure and design capabilities and supply its highly efficient, UK-manufactured ground source heat pumps to fit each property.

By joining forces, GTC and Kensa will help UK housebuilders and developers transition to a proven, sustainable, low-carbon heating solution in line with the planned phase-out of gas. It will offer home buyers a lower-carbon, more efficient alternative to individual air source heat pumps. The Networked Ground Source Heat Pump solution can also be used to heat and cool any non-domestic buildings within a development.

“A big challenge housebuilders face is additional grid capacity for low carbon technologies” said GTC Executive Chairman, Clive Linsdell. “This partnership brings an end-to-end heat, hot water, and cooling solution with the same power requirements as gas-heated homes.  Our working with Kensa provides housebuilders and developers reassurance around the quality of installation and equipment, and homeowners 100 percent peace of mind in relation to its ongoing operation and maintenance.”

GTC’s investment in the system means the cost to developers will usually be significantly lower than installing individual air source heat pumps. Homeowners will also benefit from hassle-free heating and hot water, with costs no higher than if they owned an air source heat pump.

The constant ground temperature throughout the year, with no seasonal fluctuations, means higher efficiency and lower running costs for customers connected to networked ground source heat pumps. The latest Passiv Smart Thermostat can also be included, reducing customers’ heating bills by up to 30 percent.

There is also the option to add passive cooling to each home, a capability unique to ground source heat pumps. With minimal running costs, this can mitigate overheating in summer and provide Part O compliance.

Due to the high efficiencies of networked ground source heat pumps, no additional electricity demand is required, making it a great solution for sites already ‘in build’ and moving from gas.

The Networked Ground Source Heat Pump solution will be Heat Trust registered and be regulated by Ofgem to ensure homeowners worry-free maintenance, repair, and replacement of the ground source heat pump system.

New homes connected to the solution will be fitted with either Kensa’s Shoebox or Shoebox NX ground source heat pumps, providing each property with low-cost, low-carbon heating and hot water, with the capability to deliver passive cooling.

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