The second phase of Solihull Community Housing project is currently underway.
Phase one of the project, which was completed in December 2012, comprised a single biomass fuelled district heating scheme supplying heating and hot water to 120 flats across two 1960’s high rise social housing buildings in Solihull, West Midlands.
The second phase of the project comprises multiple biomass fuelled energy centres supplying a total of 1,156 flats across a further 21 high rise buildings.
Phase 2 will complete progressively over 2014; with the first flat conversions from April 2014. Solihull Council owns the properties and is the landlord, but housing services are delivered by Solihull Community Housing (SCH). The district heating schemes are owned by Solihull Council.
The biomass fuelled district heating schemes are replacing electric storage heating and immersion hot water heating in the flats.
Heat will be supplied to the flats from the district heating scheme through a Heat Interface Unit (HIU), which has full metering and also provides instant hot water. The energy centres include gas boilers to provide full stand-by to the biomass systems.
As well as the district heating, external wall insulation has been installed on the high rise buildings. The district heating schemes will aim to save approximately 100,000 tonnes of carbon over their lifetime.