The event called upon practical experiences to demonstrate how social housing providers can tackle fuel poverty and achieve carbon compliance in rural retrofit and new build homes with ground source heat pumps.
Coinciding with “Fuel Poverty Awareness Day”, the event featured presentations from ground source heat pump manufacturer Kensa Heat Pumps, the National Housing Federation (NHF), Trent & Dove Housing Association and Shropshire Rural Housing. It demonstrated how ground source heat pumps are addressing fuel poverty and excess winter deaths by saving tenants up to 50% on heating bills.
Lord Matthew Taylor, recent chairman of the National Housing Federation (NHF) and chairman of Kensa Heat Pumps, advocated the key role that renewable heating technology has to play in eradicating fuel poverty.
One delegate remarked: “Very interesting. I am looking at reducing fuel poverty in our rural community. GSHP does look like a viable option – food for thought.” Another delegate asserted: “Good tech. We are definitely looking to introduce this into properties to assist vulnerable families.”