Spring Meadow Farm became a renovation project for owner Dan Houghton who embarked on the quest to create a new home, utilising the skills he demonstrates in his occupation as a carpenter.
An alternative to main gas was necessary due to the barns off-grid location. As planning permissions were sought it became apparent that a renewable energy source was necessary to fulfil requirements. A NIBE F2040-8kW ASHP was specified along with a 200-litre water cylinder, 40-litre buffer tank and SMO40 controller to give domestic controls and energy monitoring.
“Renovation projects are great to work on and this gorgeous barn has been rescued and turned into a delightful home which is cosy even in its exposed location,” said Rebecca Hubbard Eco-Installer. “We worked with Dan during the specification stage of the project to ensure his planning requirements were fulfilled.
The property, completed in July 2017, has received its EPC certificate resulting in Renewable Heat Incentive payments of around £800 per annum. Not only does it support the ethos of renewable energy systems in rural locations, it demonstrates that renovation projects can reap the benefits of such technologies.
Dan commented: “Renewable heat systems were something that I wasn’t particularly aware of until the planning requirements were outlined by the local authority. Further investigation showed how reliable and well performing such systems are. The early signs are that our Air Source Heat Pump is just what we needed to keep our home warm and deliver endless hot water.
“Eco-Installer have been fantastic and guided us through the process, helping out and ensuring the correct products were installed. I would recommend the NIBE products and system to either off grid homeowners or those that are embarking on a renovation project.”