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Thirteen Group, Whitby

Thirteen picks Daikin Altherma for Whitby homes upgrade

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Sixteen homes in the picturesque Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby have been modernised with Daikin Altherma Monobloc heat pumps replacing all-electric heating and hot water systems. The units have been retrofi tted at St Hilda’s Court – a 1990s development of 12 flats and four semi-detached houses on the hillside above the southern bank of the River Esk, affording magnificent sea and town views.

With the existing storage heaters and hot water systems due for renewal and expensive to run – even on the Economy 7 tariff – social housing provider Thirteen faced the choice of fitting gas boilers or switching to renewables.

Trading seven years’ government-funded RHI payments

The scheme works by trading seven years’ government-funded Renewable Heat Incentive payments for an upfront payment, making it easy to install technologies that cut fuel costs for customers, as well as reducing carbon emissions. As a result, Thirteen was able to recoup 50% of the overall capital cost of the scheme – and use the money towards similar schemes elsewhere in its housing portfolio.

By using this technology, people have just one fuel bill and a system that’s four times more efficient than a traditional gas heating system. What’s more, it’s safe and reliable, with no carbon monoxide, greenhouse emissions or fear of gas leaks.”

Russell Thompson - Thirteen’s executive director for property services

Thirteen picks Daikin Altherma for Whitby homes upgrade

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The three-bedroom houses, eight two-bedroom and four one-bedroom flats now have independent Daikin Altherma Systems, consisting of an outdoor condensing unit and DHW storage cylinder. The old storage heaters have been replaced with radiators.

The outdoor units were installed at ground level at the rear of the red-brick buildings. As they are visible from the St Hilda’s Court parking area and the car park behind the neighbouring business centre, the units and associated trunking have eff ectively been disguised with brick-pattern vinyl cladding.

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