Time to enjoy a warm Bath
It’s bigger than the average upgrade project, and much more complex, but plans for Bath Abbey show how an underfloor heating system can save money. It’s also a perfect example of the benefits of using natural resources to reduce our carbon footprint.
The job is part of the abbey’s Footprint project, a £19.3m restoration programme supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
With the first two phases of the conservation work now complete, attention is turning to the latest stage, a task that includes the installation of an efficient, eco-friendly underfloor heating system.
The work has been suspended for now, but will resume when it is considered safe to do so. It will draw on Bath’s hot water resources to power the heating on the site that has a history spanning more than 1,000 years, having been home to a Saxon Monastery, a Norman Cathedral and the current building.
The project will harness the 1.1 million litres – more than 240,000 gallons – of hot water that flow from the thermal underground spring through the Roman Baths each day. The aim is to use the water to produce enough energy to heat the abbey and the visitor complex at the Romans Baths & Pump Room.
Staff at the abbey believe that this method of generation could produce 1.5MW of continuous energy to support a 200kW ground-source heat pump system.
That, they say, will make the Bath landmark more energy efficient, reduce its carbon footprint and help to preserve the planet’s resources.