29 September 2022

Not too cool for school

How low carbon heat pumps [created some benefit] for a former school in Aberdeen

Scotland Excel’s Energy Efficiency Contractors framework is designed to support our members with their journey towards Net Zero by 2045. In this article, Matthew Black, Sales & Business Development Manager for Kensa Contracting and Kelly Nugent, Senior Procurement Specialist at Scotland Excel, discuss a real-life example of the benefits offered by the framework.

Grampian Housing Association recently converted a listed former school building and schoolhouse on Abergeldie Road in Aberdeen into 24 new, affordable homes. They opted to future-proof the properties by installing low carbon ground source heat pumps with the help of Scotland Excel framework contractor, Kensa Contracting.

Matthew Black, Sales & Business Development Scotland Manager told us:

“Kensa is renowned for its innovative ambient shared ground loop array systems deployed in social housing retrofits, social/private developments and commercial buildings. For this project, our award-winning Shoebox Heat Pumps were installed in the properties to provide flexible, low carbon heating which also lowers energy bills for residents.

“The ground source heat pump technology will save 90% of carbon emissions compared to a mains gas boiler and maintain affordable running costs for the residents. Over the next 100 years, the servicing and maintenance costs will remain minimal for the housing association, offering a low cost, low carbon heating solution to the community at Abergeldie Road.”

Kelly added: “Ground source heat pumps are not only more beneficial for decarbonising social housing, they could also assist residents to  save on energy bills. Contractors on our Energy Efficiency Contractors framework understand the importance of the decarbonisation of the energy industry and Kensa Contracting’s work with our associate member Grampian Housing Association is a great example of this.”

This feature is part of Scotland Excel’s ‘Supporting the journey to Net Zero’ campaign that aims to support the Scottish Government’s ambitious target for Scotland to become Net Zero by 2045.