The  joys and excitement of the anticipation of building ones own home can be sometimes short lived when the details of heating your new home and meeting regulations comes into question.

What can often seem as a minefield doesn’t have to be with the right information –

  • Part L in short is  ensuring your house is energy efficient i.e.  BER Rating
  • How this can be achieved i.e. which systems or combinations of systems will make our new home compliant.

You will probably at this stage be hearing about  Heat Pumps , Under floor Heating , Thermodynamic Solar Systems , Pv Systems – lets walk through the systems in brief –

Air to Water Heat Pump – draws in external air into  pump which extracts the heat from the air , which heats  a sub zero gas which is then compressed and is use in a heat exchange system to produce useable energy . ie heat your home. Benefits in layman terms- Air is  Free, your home will always be warm with an even heat distribution through out, no fuel storage space required, One bill to cover all usage costs – financial planning becomes a  breeze !

Under flooring Heating– a series of  pipes ran under the floor that distribute the heat throughout your home. Benefits in layman terms- no radiators so no loss of wall space, even temperature throughout the building ,more efficient than radiators, warm floors !!

Thermodynamic Solar System – extracts heat form the atmosphere (not sunlight)which heats the refrigerant gas in the panel which is them compressed in a heat exchange system in turn heats your hot water. Benefits in layman terms – one panel can provide enough domestic hot water to a house of five people, with the Thermodynamic system it works all year round , water in the cyclinder is always hot so your central heating system has a short lead time to reach the set temperature.

PV- System – Solar panel which converts sunlight into electricity for your home – this system in conjunction  with a heat pump can ensure cost efficiency . Benefits in layman terms – sunlight is free , off set electricity bills ( 6 kW is the max allowable on a domestic building)

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