DiscreteHeat and Energy House 2.0

DiscreteHeat

DiscreteHeat are a key player in the Energy House 2.0 project, and showcases their ThermaSkirt product 

DiscreteHeat has been a key player in the Energy House 2.0 project, which is set to revolutionise the research around house builders reaching net zero. As the world moves towards a carbon free future, the pressure on house builders to seek out higher performance heating systems is ever present. DiscreteHeat’s involvement in the project is set to pave the way for the wider adoption of efficient, cost-effective heating solutions like ThermaSkirt.

Air source heat pumps have emerged as a popular alternative to traditional heating systems, as they are clean, efficient, and cost-effective. However, their performance can be compromised by old technologies like radiators, which also present practical issues around space. This is where DiscreteHeat comes in, with their skirting board heating solution, ThermaSkirt.

ThermaSkirt is a skirting board heating system that eliminates the need for radiators, saving space and improving efficiency. It is designed to work with low water temperatures, making it an ideal partner for air source heat pumps. With its sleek and stylish design, it is also a more practical and attractive solution for home buyers.

Additionally, ThermaSkirt solves a number of lesser recognised headaches that are commonly caused by radiators on a heat pump. Most notably the need for housebuilders to move away from 10mm central heating systems. Air source heat pumps require the use of 15mm pipe work, which when used with radiators must be installed at specific pipe centres, at the correct depth from the wall, or at predetermined locations. This accuracy creates real-world on-site problems, which ThermaSkirt solves. As the skirting board heating system can be plumbed in at any point along its length, and with plumbing connections being concealed behind the skirting profile, house builders can benefit from a much greater level of flexibility when it comes to first fix plumbing.

Martin Wadsworth, Managing Director, DiscreteHeat, said “Some of the main barriers to reaching net zero are actually issues around what’s practical. Whilst alternatives like oversized radiators and underfloor heating technically work, they present a number of problems around useable room space, or on-site programming that many house builders simply won’t stomach. Skirting board heating is the best of both worlds, with positive programme implications of radiators rolled in with the space saving and performance benefits of underfloor.”

The University of Salford is set to produce test data that will not only reflect a higher performance rating by ThermaSkirt, but also a more practical and attractive solution for home buyers. This is a significant development for the heating industry, as it paves the way for a wider adoption of efficient, cost-effective heating solutions like ThermaSkirt.

DiscreteHeat’s involvement in the Energy House 2.0 project could prove a significant development for the heating industry. It highlights the need for house builders to move away from old technologies like radiators, and seek out higher performance heating systems like ThermaSkirt. With the test data expected to be produced by the University of Salford, ThermaSkirt is set to become a more practical and attractive solution for house builders in their efforts to reach Net Zero.

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