Ground source heating solutions

Housing associations currently own and manage around 2.7 million homes across England. They have until 2030 to achieve an EPC C rating by 2030, and become carbon neutral by 2050, the ability of housing associations to retrofit at scale and pace will be put to the test in the coming years.

Heat the Streets and Kensa’s split-ownership model allowed pioneering housing associations to start developing the means with which to achieve these goals.

Heat the Streets: Housing associations

Kensa has established a trailblazing reputation in the social housing sector. Whether it is delivering exceptional value for money through highly efficient shared ground loop arrays or the retrofit of ground source heat pumps in existing social housing properties, we play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions and fuel poverty.

What this means for tenants.

Through Heat the Streets, social housing providers were able to remove inefficient electric storage heaters and fossil fuel boilers, replacing them with ground source heat pumps connected to a shared ground loop.

We understood that some of these properties may be home to older and vulnerable residents and planned for high levels of customer liaison, ensuring that all affected residents and housing officers fully understand why we are doing this and how it will benefit them.

Residents were assured that any ground disturbed during the installation and drilling processes will be fully restored on completion of the project.

Following the project social housing providers will be confident that they are providing optimum comfort and low running costs for residents.

Now completed the infrastructure has been designed to allow for further properties to be connected to the ground array.

The social housing providers are not responsible for the infrastructure (this is maintained by Kensa Utilities) and further more, they are able to sell properties and pass on service agreement.

What can social housing tenants expect from ground source heating?

Tenants with homes connected to the shared ground array can expect multiple benefits compared with their existing heating system.

Lower emissions

Because a ground source heat pump extracts so much “free” energy from the environment, this enables CO2 emissions to be lower than any other type of heating system.

Minimal maintenance

Ground source heat pumps do not require annual servicing or maintenance and have an expected lifetime greater than 20 years.

Energy independence

With a ground source heat pump in each property, homeowners are in complete control of their own heating and energy bills. This allows easy energy tariff switching and payment only for their own heat consumption.

Year-round supply

One metre below the surface, ground temperature remains at around 8-10°C all year. This ensures the heat supply is constant and reliable; unlike air source heat pumps, which are impacted by external changes in air temperature, causing higher bills when heat is most needed.