Zero cost infrastructure

Kensa’s offer of a zero-cost infrastructure to developers means that a ground source heating system is now cheaper than an air source heat pump and, in many cases, cheaper than a gas boiler system, allowing house builders to specify a more appealing heating system whilst reducing build costs and easing carbon compliance.

Heat the Streets:
New build developers

The government has announced that by 2025, all new homes will be banned from installing gas and oil boilers and will instead be heated by low-carbon alternatives. The ban is part of a UK action plan to reach carbon net zero by 2050. Kensa’s Heat the Streets project has attracted the interest of developers within Cornwall who were wishing to future proof their developments.

Reducing costs and emissions

Installed in new build homes for the same price as an air source heating system. Heat the Streets new build developments will benefit from lower running costs, lower maintenance costs and lower carbon than if they had received air source or storage heaters.

For new build customers, the annual connection fee is just £150 a year which compares well to the gas standing charge. This low cost ensures that there is no additional barrier to acceptance of the technology and all customers will benefit from reduced operational costs of the whole system.

Kensa’s Shared Ground Loop Arrays are an ultra-low temperature heat network used with ground source heat pumps. In a similar setup to a traditional gas framework, a series of boreholes are linked to create a shared ground loop array that provides heat to multiple properties. Kensa Utilities will retain ownership of the ground array, charging a fixed annual fee to households for its use.

This split-ownership funding of low carbon heating is intended to break down the barriers to net zero and make clean, reliable heating affordable for more households.

Due to Kensa Utilities’ ERDF financing model, we have been able to install heat pumps and the associated infrastructure for less than the cost of an air source heat pump. Consequently, forward-thinking developers could offer a more attractive sustainable heating system while reducing construction costs and reducing carbon emissions