Just a week after winning a regional energy efficiency award, a major project tackling fuel poverty in London has been shortlisted in the forthcoming Housing Excellence Awards.
The Exeter Road Retrofit Project has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Regeneration Scheme’ and ‘Sustainable Housing Scheme of the Year’ categories at the awards, which take place in Manchester on May 11th 2016.
The project is a joint initiative between the London Borough of Enfield, Ice Energy Technologies and Agility Eco, which in addition to tackling fuel poverty, also aims to raise heating standards and improve the local community as a whole.
More than 200 flats across four tower blocks have benefitted from the installation of individual ground source heat pumps, replacing a mix of ageing and ineffective storage heaters and a district electric underfloor heating system. The heat pumps, supplied by Ice Energy, will provide a cost-effective, total heating and hot water system and are expected to deliver reductions in heating costs of more than 80%.
One of the innovative features of the project is that the heat pumps, which are also linked to the internet for remote diagnostics and monitoring purposes, utilise a 205m deep communal ground loop which accesses stored solar energy beneath the ground. It’s believed that this solution is the first of its kind in the country.
In response to being shortlisted, Ice Energy Founder and Managing Director Andrew Sheldon said; “This is fantastic news, particularly on the back of the award win last week. The project in Enfield is a particularly interesting one due to its size and scale as well as the significant running cost savings it will deliver which will go a considerable way to tackling fuel poverty in the area.
”Exploiting stored, natural, solar energy from the ground is one of the best ways to provide heating and hot water supplies. It is safe and efficient and we are delighted to be contributing to a project which will also significantly reduce carbon emissions in the area.”