Ground source heat pumps for Croydon Council
Croydon Council has begun a pilot scheme with Kensa Contracting to install a ground source heat pump system at the councilowned 10-storey housing block in New Addington.
The installation aims to cut carbon emissions, help improve air quality and save up to £300 per home per year on more than 40 households’ heating bills.
The project comes after Croydon Council declared a climate emergency this summer and now aims to contribute towards a local target of cutting the borough’s carbon emissions by 34% by 2025.
The 44 flats are the first in Croydon to have ground source heat pumps retrofitted, replacing the existing electric storage heaters. An individual Kensa ‘Shoebox’ device will be installed in each flat, connected to an ambient shared ground loop array.
Kensa expect to complete the works by spring 2020, timed to coincide with an 18-month refurbishment to the block, including new insulation, a replacement roof and windows, landscaping and new parking. The £700,000 heating system will be funded through the council’s housing budget and via energy credits from energy regulator Ofgem.