The conversion of three stone-built agricultural buildings near Totnes in Devon is employing a selection of renewable and low-energy technologies from Exeter-based manufacturer, OMNIE, to create a comfortable living environment for the incoming occupants.
The buildings at Ritson Farm are being renovated and turned into rural retreats by The Dartmouth Building Company, with the developer also leading the conversion work.
With names reflecting their former life, the first property completed is The Old Granary, while The Old Dairy and The Woodworking Barn are currently being fitted out. Each of the luxury homes will be heated by an LV air source heat pump, which will be connected via multi-branch manifolds to Omnie’s Staple underfloor heating systems across the ground floors with the company’s LowBoard being specified to warm the upper levels. Aiming to maximise fuel efficiency and help guarantee a healthy indoor living environment, pre-warmed and filtered fresh air will be supplied via one of the company’s Zehnder ComfoAir mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) units.
As well as installing internal wall insulation, the vaulted roofs to the early 20th century buildings have been fitted with 150mm of Celotex and a layer of TLS Gold Multifoil incorporating a breather membrane, while the double-glazed windows were manufactured by Accoya, with the treated timber guaranteeing a long life. According to Omnie, these conversions demonstrate how high efficiency heat pumps, combined with underfloor heating developed to bring the best performance from them, can heat any home and keep fuel consumption to a minimum. Coupled with the MVHR units, the development illustrates the company’s capabilities to design and deliver a “whole house” concept. To support this, the company offers a nationwide specification and sales service able to assist clients with any application, including commercial and challenging conversions, such as old church buildings.