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Heat pumps helping Bristol go carbon neutral

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An exciting new housing development in Bristol will help the city reach its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Bristol City Council is working with Willmott Dixon to build 133 homes at a site in Ashton Rise. It’s the city’s largest new residential scheme in nearly 40 years. 40% of the homes will be classed as affordable, available for social rent. The rest will be for sale on the private market, with profits used to fund the construction of 53 new council homes on the site.

Ground source heat pumps

Rather than individual boilers, heating and water will be provided to the development through a shared ground loop of boreholes which will feed into individual ground source heat pumps linked to each house. Heat pump specialists, Kensa Contracting, are undertaking the system installation.

David Broom, commercial director at Kensa Contracting, said:

With fossil fuel heating systems being ruled out from new-builds from 2025, Bristol City Council’s commitment to a lower carbon alternative six years ahead of the deadline should be viewed as the new benchmark. Bristol’s plans for net-zero carbon by 2030 are ambitious, yet by adopting the low-carbon and low-cost approach used at Ashton Rise, we wholly expect Bristol to make huge strides to achieving its objective.”

This approach will see each home making lifetime carbon savings of 30 tonnes (compared to gas central heating) offering major environmental benefits as well as significant savings in terms of running costs. The Ashton Rise development will be completed in Spring 2021.

Renewable future

With developments like this in the pipeline, it looks as though a low-carbon future in-line with government policy is being embraced by major housing developers.

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