Energy efficient Gaia UFH system warms Suffolk self-build

Energy efficient Gaia UFH system warms Suffolk self-build

January 2018

A high specification self-build home, located in a Suffolk village, uses one of the underfloor heating options available from Gaia to warm its ground floor accommodation: offering excellent levels of energy efficiency and occupant comfort, as well as obviating the need for unsightly radiators.

The home in Thurston was built by Bill Sylvester who wanted to create a stylish three bedroom property for himself and his family; and comply with the latest version of the Building Regulations.

The ground floor extends to an area of 75 sq. metres, split into five separate zones - including the living areas and kitchen - where the temperature is regulated by Danfoss thermostats. Then a time clock allows the occupants to set daily or other programme cycles, while the whole UFH array is powered by a high efficiency gas boiler.

With the installation being carried out by Gaia’s own directly employed engineers, work began by clip fixing the 16mm Emmetti pipes to rigid insulation boards and connecting them back to a main manifold.  The pipe loops were then covered by a screed which offers even heat distribution within the occupied spaces creating a comfortable temperature profile and optimised boiler cycling.

“We moved into the house in August last year and have been very satisfied with the performance of the central heating system,” says Sylvester.  “We decided to install underfloor heating across the ground floor to keep the wall spaces free from obstructions, and chose Gaia on the basis of recommendation from other builders and customers. We were very pleased with the design work done by Gaia, while the engineer who came to carry out the installation of the pipes and controls was very helpful. It took two days to complete and everything has worked very well.”

Gaia is able to offer commercial specifiers, as well as self-builders, a wide selection of water and electric UFH options to suit new build or refurbishment projects, including those in off-gas areas.

Comprehensive technical and logistical support is provided whatever the scale of the contract.
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