WMS, a leading supplier and installer of underfloor heating systems for new build developments, is proud to announce its latest donation of £80,000 to grant-making charity, The Grace Trust.
Established 50 years ago, The Grace Trust makes grants to various causes, from very large to small and newly established organisations, which individually support diverse charitable needs nationally and globally.
WMS underfloor heating is proud to announce its involvement in delivering national housebuilder Bellway’s latest carbon reduction research project, The Future Home @ The University of Salford, which aims to address domestic energy efficiency challenges by putting low-carbon technologies to the test.
The developer’s experimental eco home has been constructed within one of two environmental chambers inside Energy House 2.0, this collaborative project between Bellway Homes and other partners, including The University of Salford, Barratt Developments and Saint-Gobain.
Energy House 2.0 is a unique £16 million research facility, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is playing a pivotal role in accelerating the progress towards low carbon and net zero housing design and builds.
Joanna Crown, Marketing Director at WMS, leading supplier and installer of underfloor heating systems, has been elected as Chair for BEAMA’s Underfloor Heating Group.
Supporting the industry to reach its sustainability goals, WMS underfloor heating has released new findings which reveal that underfloor heating systems are 93% less carbon intensive than radiators.
This staggering statistic has been calculated by considering a variety of figures, including product lifecycle, material volume and the carbon impact to manufacture each product, which highlight that plastic underfloor heating pipe is significantly better from a carbon point of view to produce when compared with steel.
The foundation of this calculation is Government published statistics relating to the carbon impact of manufacturing building materials. The report states that the manufacture of iron and steel products have a 7.1 MTCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent), compared with plastic products which have a 3 MTCO2e - 58% less than iron and steel.
“As the industry faces the biggest adjustment the UK housing market has ever seen, and may ever see, it’s never been more important for new build heating systems to work in harmony”, comments Joanna Crown, Marketing Director at WMS, leading supplier and installer of underfloor heating systems for new build developments in the UK.
Thanks to the Building Regulations and Part L changes, which come into force this summer, low temperature heating systems will now become the norm for newly built homes. While there is flexibility on which energy source can be used,
it is anticipated that heat pumps will become the most specified option.
Here, Ashley Cooper, Managing Director at WMS underfloor heating, provides an overview of the changes ahead and how underfloor heating and heat pumps can together achieve the ultimate low temperature system.