Havebury gains from Baxi Solarflo
A comprehensive heating and hot water solution from BDR Thermea, featuring renewable solar thermal technology, helped Havebury Housing Partnership secure Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes for two new developments in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Low carbon requirement
The Havebury Housing Partnership, provider of affordable homes and housing services across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, was keen to find a low carbon solution for two new projects: Out Westgate - a £3.7m development of 30 new dwellings on a brownfield site - and 26/26a Bloomfield Street, consisting of two ground and first floor flats for people with learning difficulties.
Highly effective solar package
Depending on the property size, either one or two Baxi Solarflo™ panels were installed into each roof by the contractor Pro-Mech. These panels work by absorbing heat from the sun which is transferred to a thermal fluid. The fluid circulates to a solar coil in the base of the Santon hot water cylinder. The heat is then absorbed by the water and the fluid re-circulates back, for the process to be repeated. Special Baxi controls help to maximise solar gain on these predominantly south-facing dwellings.
A Potterton Promax SL boiler was installed in each home to provide central heating and additional hot water. Small yet powerful, the slim-line Energy Saving Trust recommended boiler is available in a choice of five different outputs and is fully modulating according to heat demand to deliver maximum energy efficiency.
Key features and benefits:
- Results in low carbon emissions and reduced heating bills for tenants
- Enough solar power is generated to heat up to 100% of each property's hot water in the summer and approximately 55% annually
- Individual units are fully compatible for a total heating and hot water solution
- Easy to fit - Baxi Solarflo systems are supplied with the pump station and controller pre-wired which reduces installation time
James Mann, Architectural Services Manager at Havebury Housing Partnership, was most impressed:
"The Baxi Solarflo panels have proved instrumental in achieving our Code Level 3 goal. I'd recommend the BDR Thermea approach to any housing association keen to access a single, efficient solution from one supplier which will cut the carbon emissions from their housing stock."