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Retrofit Project of the Year

RA Brown Heating Services was the contractor selected to design, supply and install a renewable heating and hot water system for the Community Rooms. The system was installed during an extensive refurbishment that also included improvements to insulation and glazing.

The project manager, who was a member of the United Reformed Church congregation, was determined to install a ground-source heat pump system. This could only be achieved by drilling bore holes because of the extremely limited outside space, as the hall is in the centre of a market town. The customer also wished to produce hot water using solar energy, so solar thermal panels were included in the design.

A new “wet heating system” was required as the hall did not have an existing wet system. Underfloor heating was designed and installed specifically to work with the heat pump for the main hall where the whole floor was to be re-laid. The building is a typical brick-built Victorian church hall and had suspended wooden floors laid directly onto earth in the main hall area. The largest hall area measures 140 sq m.