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Networked heat solution for UK house build market

Utility infrastructure partner GTC has launched a new solution that aims to transform how new homes are heated across the UK.

Image render of the Community Heat Hub at Vistry Kent’s Bexhill site.

Taking tried and tested methods from its sister company Metropolitan’s experience in high-density, GTC developed and started rolling out its Community Heat Hub. This is an efficient and sustainable centralised heat network solution, which achieves a 75-80% carbon saving from day one, meeting the proposed standards outlined within the FHS.

Networked heat solutions have been used in urban areas for many years, but the Community Heat Hub is practical for low-rise, low-density sites.

John Marsh, COO at GTC said: “We work hard to keep our finger on the pulse of the UK’s energy transformation drive. This is highlighted through our development of the Community Heat Hub. The networked heat solution has been years in the making and truly stands to revolutionise how we heat new homes in the UK. Working in partnership with our sister company, Metropolitan, we are delighted to be able to welcome new customers onto the zero-carbon heat network in 2024. What’s more, the Community Heat Hub is already better value for housebuilders and householders compared to each house owning an individual heat pump. It truly is win, win.”

Last year saw Taylor Wimpey trial the solution at its Chilton Woods site and as we enter 2024, GTC has announced that Vistry has secured planning permission from Rother District Council to install the Community Heat Hub at its Bexhill development in Sussex. The heat network will provide heat and hot water for over 800 houses as well as a community centre and retail offering.

Brendan Evans, managing director at Vistry Kent said: “Vistry Kent is committed to environmental sustainability and GTC’s networked heat pump solution provides an exciting opportunity to help deliver these objectives at our site in Bexhill. We are delighted the Community Heat Hub gained planning consent from Rother District Council. The timing was perfect, coming hot on the heels of the publication of the government’s Future Homes Standard consultation. We look forward to working with GTC and Metropolitan to deliver the heat network and provide an excellent, government-regulated, service for our new customers on this important scheme.’’

The Community Heat Hub at Bexhill is estimated to save around 850 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually in comparison to individual gas boilers in homes.

18 January 2024

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