Ground source heat pump scheme wins award for J Tomlinson

May 19, 2017

Building services firm J Tomlinson is celebrating after winning an award for a ground source heat pump installation which is helping to tackle fuel poverty and cut carbon emissions.

The scheme, carried out at 15 homes over two sites in Shropshire for housing group Bromford, has been named Small Scale Project of the Year in the West Midlands Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards 2017.

It involved replacing storage heaters in 15 properties with individual ground source heat pumps and new wet central heating systems – with the prediction that the installations will save money for residents and also reduce carbon emissions. One has already reported savings of 40% in comparison to last year’s electricity bill.

The project will also create Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) income for 20 years for Bromford through the Government scheme to encourage the installation of energy efficient heating schemes.

J Tomlinson was also highly commended in the RHI Installer of the Year category at the awards ceremony.

Nottingham-based J Tomlinson operations director Martin Ardron, who works within the firm’s repairs and maintenance and facilities management teams, said: “As a company, J Tomlinson has been involved in ground source heat pump installations for more than ten years. We are currently working closely with housing provider clients to suggest the best ways of installing heating systems that will lead to a reduction in fuel bills for their tenants and customers and to a cut in carbon emissions.

“We are delighted to hear that the project in Shropshire for Bromford has been recognised as Small Scale Project of the Year in the West Midlands Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards 2017. The feedback from both client and the tenants has been very positive, and although the system has only been in place for a matter of weeks, one customer is already reporting savings of 40% in comparison to last year’s electricity bill. It is expected the total scheme will save circa 41,774kgCO2 and around £3,675 of fuel savings in its first year of operation alone.

“We are also delighted to have been highly commended in the RHI Installer of the Year category, as it’s a ringing endorsement of the work J Tomlinson is undertaking in the field of sustainable energy.”

Nine homes in Cleobury Mortimer, near Kidderminster, and six in Hodnet, near Market Drayton, had the ground source heat pumps installed earlier this year by the repairs and maintenance team at J Tomlinson, which has a long-standing partnership with housing group Bromford to support the organisation’s servicing, maintenance and repairs programme.

Andy Jones, Building Surveyor from Bromford, said: “Bromford is committed to tackling fuel poverty for residents by ensuring customers have affordable warmth. We are very pleased to hear that this scheme undertaken by J Tomlinson to provide ground source heat pump installations for 15 of our homes in Shropshire has been recognised at these awards.”

Operating across the West Midlands, East Midlands and Yorkshire, J Tomlinson offers a fully integrated solution, covering the whole building lifecycle from construction to refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services and facilities management.

Bromford is a business with a social purpose whose objective is to inspire its customers to be their best. For more than 50 years, it has provided customers with new and affordable homes and provided a range of services aimed at reducing welfare-dependency and generating social value in employment, education, health and community safety.

The West Midlands Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards 2017 help to recognise the work being carried out by the energy efficiency sector in the West Midlands in their delivery of the Green Deal Finance Initiative and Energy Company Obligation Scheme. The energy efficiency measures introduced by the Government following the Energy Act 2013, included the Energy Company Obligations (ECO) Scheme, the Green Deal Finance Initiative, and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). These measures together help homeowners reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

The aim of the Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards is to provide public recognition for the excellent work the energy efficiency sector is doing in implementing these schemes, and to help encourage best practice within the energy industry as it works to improve UK housing stock.

The awards ceremony was staged at the Hilton Hotel, Coventry.

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