05 Jan 2018

Energy-efficient Gaia UFH system warms Suffolk self-build


A high-specification self-build home, located in a Suffolk village, uses one of the underfloor heating options available from Gaia to provide warmth within all of its ground floor accommodation: offering excellent levels of energy efficiency and occupant comfort, as well as ridding the walls of unsightly radiators.

The home in Heather Close, Thurston, has been built by Bill Sylvester who wanted to create a stylish three-bedroom property for himself and his family; and comply with the latest version of the Building Regulations.

The ground floor extends to an area of 75m², split into five separate zones – including the living areas and kitchen – where the temperature is regulated by Danfoss thermostats. Then a timeclock allows the occupants to set daily or other programme cycles, while the whole UFH array is powered by a high efficiency gas boiler.

With the installation being carried out by Gaia’s own directly employed engineers, work began by clip fixing the 16mm Emmetti pipes to rigid insulation boards and connecting them back to a main manifold. The pipe loops were then covered by a screed which offers even heat distribution within the occupied spaces creating a comfortable temperature profile and optimising economic cycling of the boiler.

Having already lived in his new Suffolk home through one winter, Bill Sylvester commented: “We moved into the house in August last year and have been very satisfied with the performance of the central heating system. While we have radiators in the bedrooms, we decided to install underfloor heating across the ground floor to keep the wall spaces free from obstructions, and chose Gaia on the basis of recommendation from other builders and customers. We were very pleased with the design work done by Gaia prior our commencing the build, while the engineer who came to carry out the installation of the pipes and controls was very helpful. It took two days to complete and everything has worked very well.”

Gaia is able to offer commercial specifiers, as well as self-builders and other residential clients, a wide selection of water and electric underfloor heating options to suit the demands of new or refurbishment projects, including those in off-gas areas. The manufacturer provides comprehensive technical and logistical support whatever the scale.

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