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District Heat Network – NG Homes Phase One

To alleviate instances of fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency in their housing stock, ng homes appointed Easy Heat Systems to deliver a fully integrated energy efficiency solution across 13 tower blocks in Glasgow. The installation of a large-scale district heating system provided efficient, high-quality services that maximised energy efficiency through incorporating Air Source Heat Pumps, Solar PV, and a host of supporting measures.

The most recent ONS data released in 2022 in relation to Scotland indicated that 35% of Scottish residents are in living in fuel poverty and 24% in extreme fuel poverty.

Figures have shown that 11,400 winter deaths are caused by cold homes each year, and children living in these conditions are more than twice as likely to suffer from respiratory conditions.

These extreme statistics display the challenges facing the country’s population as a result of fuel poverty, and now many local authorities and social housing landlords are searching for cost-effective and energy efficient solutions to protect tenants and improve living and working conditions.

Health and well being assessments, lifecycle costing, energy modelling, and carbon reporting indicated that retrofitting properties with renewable technologies would dramatically decrease fuel poverty levels.

District heat systems are a particularly effective option in dense urban locations and have been identified as a way of tackling fuel poverty while reducing housing management costs. The solution delivered for ng homes provides heating for all 13 tower blocks from one central energy source, distributing hot water through a series of insulated pipes to multiple individual residences.

Easy Heat Systems provided a turnkey solution for ng homes, guiding them through the initial stages of concept, business case and funding to unlock over £9 million of grants from Net Zero Scotland. Studies showed the thermal efficiency and carbon footprint of the homes in this project would be greatly improved by upgrading to district heating systems from the 20-year old traditional gas systems featured in the 60-year old tower blocks.

Using district heating systems, social housing landlords can bring a selection of benefits to their tenants, including:

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • Computer modelling
  • Engineering design
  • Air source heat pumps
  • Communal heat networks and pump sets
  • Instantaneous hot water systems
  • Heat interface units
  • Solar PV arrays and private wire network
  • Artificial intelligence heating controls
  • Metering and billing systems

LIFE SYSTEMS

  • Completion of fire strategy
  • Fire compartmentalisation
  • AOV systems
  • Communal and property fire door replacements
  • Sprinkler ready pipework
  • Automatic door control systems
  • LD1 life detection systems

INVESTMENT

  • Artificial intelligence risk monitoring systems
  • Roof replacement
  • Bathroom replacement
  • Asbestos removal
  • Boosted cold water systems
  • Door entry systems

“We were delighted with the main contractor. No one could have done a better job”

 – Graham McDowall, Project Delivery Manager, ng homes

Outcomes of the District Heat Network:

  • Tenants saving 50%+ on heating bills at 2019 rates and 70%+ at 2023 rates
  • Reduced CO2 by over 1million kg CO2e per annum
  • Energy usage reduced by 74%
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of 900+ families
  • Alleviated instances of fuel poverty in 13 tower blocks
  • Achieved 100% EESSH2 compliance
  • Recorded a benefit of £22,435,402 to the economy through the use of local SME sub – contractors
  • Created employment for six individuals, previously unemployed
  • Provided £150,000 to support the community
  • Created 240 weeks of training, experience and placements

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