Posted on: 16th September 2019 | Comments: 0 Comments

Sustainable housing scheme for Cornish fruit garden

A newly built housing development that forms part of a Cornwall-based fruit farm is set to harvest ground heat along with fruit.

The scheme from Coastline Housing will see 26 flats and houses at affordable prices built in a small village near Newquay called Mitchell. Heat for the new homes will be supplied by award winning Cornish-made Kensa Shoebox heat pumps. Kensa Contracting Development Manager for business, George Willow, commented:

“It is a pleasure to be involved in a project which will bring affordable, low carbon heating to local families.”

Each of the 26 homes presently under construction will have an individual heat pump installed, and this will be linked to a set of shared ground loop arrays. Through either conventional radiators or underfloor heating, the Kensa Shoebox offers household heating at low costs. For this scheme, radiators will be used with a flow temperature of 45°C.

A low-carbon heating set-up, it will qualify for the non-domestic government Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI), enabling the housing association located in Redruth an additional income across the next two decades.

The houses and flats currently being constructed by EBC of Newton Abbot will offer option of shared ownership and affordable rent. The scheme was able to go ahead after being awarded funding from Homes England of around £1m.

Development Manager for Coastline Housing, Amy Jenkins, stated:

“We’re very happy to be working with Kensa to install ground source heating into one of our new build developments for the first time.”

The housing development will run alongside and be respectful of the fruit farm, which has been run by the Mitchell family since 1977.

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