Heat Pump Case Studies: New Build GSHP Project in Scotland

Property type: 3 bedroom, detached new-build property on the West coast of Scotland

Product installed: IVT Greenline C6 HP+ ground source heat pump with 'Slinky' ground loop

Distribution system: Radiators

Installation date: August 2011

In August 2011, architect Garfield Nairn installed one of Ice Energy's ground source heat pumps in his new-build holiday home in Argyll on the West coast of Scotland which also features a 3.5kW solar PV system. Read on to learn more of his experiences.

How did you find the installation process?
"Installation of our ground source heat pump was very straightforward. Our plumber had few difficulties following the exacting instructions.

"The process took approximately four weeks although this was split across the construction of the house.

"We have a 'Slinky' ground loop system of pipework which is buried in two, 38-metre trenches and this collects the heat."

What would you say are the benefits of ground source heat pumps?
"For me they are the cost savings and the peace of mind that comes from knowing the house is warm at all times. There is also the important point of significantly reduced maintenance costs compared to more traditional heating systems."

What impact has the heat pump had on running costs?
"I don't have specific costs but the winter quarter electricity bill is £207. This works out as 46p per square metre of accommodation per month."

Why did you choose Ice Energy as your heat pump provider?
"We chose Ice Energy as a result of a recommendation by one of our developer clients with whom they had worked previously."

What has the service been like from Ice Energy and would you recommend them to others?
"We have now had our ground source heat pump operating for over a year and it has fulfilled our expectations with the resultant output and running costs more or less where Ice Energy said it would be. The service from Ice Energy cannot be faulted and I would recommend them to others considering heat pumps."

Solutions Used

  • IVT Greenline C6 HP+ ground source heat pump with Slinky ground loop

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