Self-sufficient Norwich penthouse benefitting from renewable heating
A city-centre penthouse apartment in Norwich is enjoying free green heating and hot water thanks to renewable heating expert Finn Geotherm.
Built on the roof of a 1930s art deco style former factory, originally used in the shoe industry, the contemporary two-bedroom penthouse is situated four storeys up on a busy Norwich street. Providing stunning panoramic views of the city, the apartment has been built to the highest environmental standards, with renewable energy providing all the heating and hot water needed by homeowner, Alan Cole.
Finn Geotherm specified and installed a 6kW Dimplex air source heat pump, which is powered by solar PV panels on the roof. The apartment has underfloor heating and a compact hot water cylinder, both of which are supplied by the heat pump.
Alan Cole, owner of the penthouse, said:
“I was looking to future-proof my home and, as a new build, I wanted to choose the best option for heating and hot water. An architect friend had used Finn Geotherm on another project and suggested air source as the perfect solution. The addition of solar PV panels means the heat pump uses green energy and in essence, my heating and hot water are free. I was delighted with the installation carried out by Finn Geotherm – the system has worked perfectly from the minute it was turned on and, as it’s self-regulating, I don’t need to keep adjusting it. I know I will always come back to a warm home.”
The installation is also benefitting from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a government financial incentive which rewards people and businesses for opting for renewable energy.
Image: A Squared Architects, Norwich