Project scope/The brief
Orbit Homes manage over 45,000 properties and build around 1,500 quality new homes each year. Their aim is to ensure the homes they provide, and the communities they create, are high quality, affordable, safe, and sustainable and become an environment for people to thrive. So, when it came to finding a heating and hot water solution to replace the failing NIBE Air Source Heat Pumps installed throughout their properties, they wanted a high-end, solid solution.
Enviroheat was asked to specify and supply an energy-efficient, easy to use, electrical heating and hot water solution for Orbit Homes, working with installer Dodd Group (Midlands.)
The evaluation/consultation process
The properties with NIBE systems consisted of 6 similar archetypes, low rise blocks with good quality construction built circa 2008. All properties had NIBE F205P units which powered a wet radiator system and an internal hot water cylinder. These properties did not have a significant electrical infrastructure to accommodate electric storage heaters.
Working together, our heating experts and the Dodd Group installation team considered the evaluation and analysis gathered and we devised a system solution that best suited the properties. We chose a heating system which incorporated some of Enviroheat’s most high performing heating solutions; EconoRad heaters to replace the existing radiators and EconoCylinder fitted in the former NIBE cupboard to provide hot water, with Evohome central programmer and wireless thermostats throughout the property
Results & feedback
Average savings per year, per property retrofitted with Enviroheat solutions:
76 Properties were completed, meaning customer saved approximately:
*As we only have customer testimonials, the data provided can only be used as an approximate guide or indication of savings. Only verbal information direct from customers’ comments has been used to calculate approximate savings. Assumed electricity tariff rate of 16p/kWh. Carbon factor of 0.256kgCO2e/kw
Feedback on our products
Dodd Group- “EconoRad heaters are easy to install, particularly when they only require a single electricity feed and each heater has a load of 600 Watts. This means that the existing electrical infrastructure can be utilized without having to increase the size of consumer units, add extra feeds and potentially upgrade the supply to the building. The EconoRads heat the rooms well with no cold spots and the controllability is as versatile as the customer wants it to be. The EconoCylinders are compact and come pre-plumbed as standard which decreases installation time down by a large margin ”
They add: “The benefit to the customer of having a high-end system like this throughout their property is that each room is controllable, and the smart thermostat system learns the customer’s heating habits to further reduce energy bills. The heaters look like radiators, so customers are familiar, and as the controls are RF controlled, so internet is not a necessity which is great for some older or vulnerable customers.”