PHP's new build programme has continued with the completion of a pair of semi-detached homes which adhere to a nationally recognised design and construction standard.
Borough of Poole, PHP and C.G. Fry & Son worked together to develop the energy-efficient three-bedroom homes. The modern development has improved the former car parking site at Old Farm Road in Oakdale and created a much-enhanced street scene for local residents.
David Hood, Project Manager, PHP said: “We chose C. G. Fry & Son as they are a Dorset builder with an excellent reputation for quality of build and attention to detail. It is rare that a first time partnership is so successful and so understanding. Naturally there were challenges as always with a new build, but these were readily overcome by C G Fry & Son.”
The Minus7 Solar Energy Processor (SEP) is the heart of the system. Here heat from the roof is processed by the heat exchangers and then stored in the hot and cold thermal stores. The SEP also houses the heat pump which upgrades the available heat in the cold store before transferring it to the hot store.
Developed and installed by Minus7, both homes benefit from a mini-district heating system of ground floor underfloor heating and fan-assisted radiators, on the first floor. The combination of these technologies ensures the homes meet Code Level 4 of the government’s national standard for sustainable design and construction.
PHP is using the Minus7 system as a pilot scheme and will monitor results, as we plan similar projects in and around Poole.
Mike Harrison, Director of Technical Services, PHP, said: “We chose the Minus7 system due to its 24-hour, high-efficiency capabilities. It has minimal requirements, i.e. warm or colder. We need new solutions to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and we were supported by the government Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scheme. This is a first for both C. G. Fry and PHP.”
Winner of Energy Efficient Product of the Year 2014, the Minus7 Endothermic System delivers premium energy management via a complete building-integrated heating solution. It is the only energy-harvesting product on the market designed specifically for the UK climate.
Once installed the Minus7 expert team remotely monitors the system using data collected via the data logger built into the Solar Energy Processor (SEP). The resident, in turn, can also access this data in a more simplified manner using a ‘System Status Panel’ which displays how much energy they are using and storing.