Council property set to receive renewable source of energy

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Schaffer House in Maidenbower is set to undergo improvement works to install a renewable source of energy for its tenants.

Mitie, Crawley Borough Council’s housing repairs contractor, along with Baystar, building engineers specialising in sustainable energy solutions, will be replacing the two existing boilers with a water source heat pump that takes heat from the stream and uses it to provide heating and hot water to the sheltered housing tenants.

The new system will work effectively while temperatures are above freezing and the property will have a brand new backup boiler installed if temperatures drop below freezing.

While heat pumps are uncommon in urban areas due to easier access to a cheaper gas supply, due to the Government’s renewable heat incentive scheme, the new system has financial benefits for the council and tenants.

Costing £86,000, the council will see a combined annual income and savings of up to £12,700 and a carbon reduction of 49 per cent.

The works will begin on 30 August and are expected to last between four and six weeks. There will be minimal impact on the surrounding areas with removal of some trees on the bank of Stamford Brook taking place first. This is to make way for the installation of pipework.

Cabinet Member for Housing at Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Stephen Joyce, said: “This is a great development for the council and I’m pleased to see that we’re becoming as energy efficient as possible while saving money in the long run.”

Director of Baystar, Tessa Guy, said: “Water source heat pumps provide a great sustainable energy solution where there is a water source such as a stream, like here at Schaffer House.

“We are excited that Crawley Borough Council believe in the benefits of the system. The system is better for the environment and better for their pockets in the long-term, and we’re looking forward to optimising the energy efficiency of Schaffer House for the council and its residents.”

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