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Bristol moves to heat pumps for new public housing

Bristol City Council’s 133 homes at Ashton Rise are being built using the high efficiency Sig iHouse solution, and heated by individual Kensa ground source heat pumps connected to a shared ground loop array of boreholes. 

The installation should see each home making lifetime carbon savings of 30 tonnes compared to individual gas boilers, whilst also removing local NOx emissions, says the City Council.

With completion expected in spring 2021, works have commenced on site by developer Wilmott Dixon, with the aid of UK ground source heat pump specialists, Kensa Contracting, undertaking the heat pump system installation. 

The development is the first of its kind for Bristol City Council which features 40% of homes for social rent.

Coupled with Bristol’s 2030 net-zero commitment, said to be ahead of that of any other UK city, the Council says it is leading the transition away from gas for new build developments by using Kensa’s British-manufactured ‘Shoebox’ ground source heat pumps in the Ashton Rise development.

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