Jermyn Cottage, Rushbrooke
Jermyn Cottage, an historic Almshouse built in 1601, is undergoing a complete renovation transforming it into a contemporary new home for its latest custodians. Frank Waspe and his partner have turned the single storey, one bedroom property into a two storey, three bedroom home which has been updated to make it as warm and energy efficient wherever possible giving due consideration to the historic fabric of the building and planning requirements.
With beautiful countryside views to the rear, the home has had its windows upgraded, its insulation enhanced and its oil fired central heating changed to a NIBE F2040 16kW Air Source Heat Pump combined with underfloor heating to the newly constructed first floor and radiators downstairs.
“This is a great example of how heat pumps can be compatible with the oldest of buildings and how they can work to great effect, lowering carbon emissions, making the homes more energy efficient and lowering energy costs,” said Rylan Sibley Greenfuture Energy Ltd. “The plant room was able to be located in an outbuilding that belonged to Frank and, as we worked on the project from the very beginning, we were able to offer our knowledge to ensure a superb system was specified for maximum effectiveness and efficiencies.
“In addition to the NIBE Air Source Heat Pump, which we knew to be hugely reliable and a market leader, we also utilised the integrated NIBE Uplink system which gives both myself and the homeowner greater control over the system, from both a day to day running and preventative maintenance aspect.
“As it can be remotely accessed installers such as myself can offer our customers a pro-active service, managing performance, addressing email alerts or simply monitoring the operational effectiveness of the system to ensure it meets the customer expectations.
“Such installations also benefit from UK government RHI (Renewable Heat Incentives) payments and for this particular project are estimated at £9,800 over a seven year period, offsetting the initial investment costs.
“Our home renovations are ongoing but so far it has been a thrilling project to work on,” said Frank Waspe, homeowner. “Whilst oil had been the original heat source for the property we knew that we wanted to move away from the costs and supply issues associated with this and remove the oil tank from our property. I had heard good reports about heat pumps, and it was this that made us choose such a system to generate our heating and hot water.
“Pleasingly, the home is constantly warm and with the NIBE Uplink system, our installer can monitor its effectiveness giving us one less thing to think about.
“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend NIBE, it’s products and Greenfuture Energy for anyone considering choosing a renewable energy system for their own home – it is definitely the way forward for domestic heating and I would urge more people to explore the options available”
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