When HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, personally brokered a £45m deal to secure the 2,000 acre Dumfries House Estate in Scotland, the idea was to create a sustainable business to help regenerate the local economy in East Ayrshire, Blue and Green Tomorrow has reported.
Offering environmental, operational and cost benefits, the installation of renewable heating systems throughout the estate would be central to this sustainable approach.
With a range of old and new buildings serving a multitude of uses, it was no easy task to convert the estate from oil to renewable heating systems.
However, thanks to an on-going partnership between heat pump manufacturer Dimplex and renewable energy installer Ecoliving, Dumfries House is an example of how to install renewable heating systems in commercial building stock.
The project, which started in 2012 and was still in progress by the start of 2015, covered a large number of renewable heat installations.
Historic buildings have been refurbished to a high standard, whilst new facilities have been sensitively built to create new learning environments and improve local employment opportunities.