From left, Guy Cashmore, Simon Lomax, Matthew Trewhella and James Standley of Kensa Group
Kensa Group has announced changes to its senior management team as it celebrates its 20th anniversary and targets further growth.
James Standley has been promoted to managing director of Kensa Heat Pumps, the UK’s only ground source heat pump manufacturer, whilst Dr Matthew Trewhella will step up to the same role for Kensa Contracting, the in-house installation business.
Grant UK has appointed Kevin Fossey as its new area sales manager for the South East, increasing the level of support to engineers and merchants.
Kevin joined Grant UK in March and became the 12th member of the external sales team, which provides area support to heating engineers and merchants throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In his new role, Kevin will be covering Hertfordshire, London, Surrey, Kent, West Sussex and East Sussex.
The new Toshiba ESTÍA monobloc air-to-water heat pump
Toshiba says its new ESTÍA monobloc air-to-water heat pump offers simple installation and best-in-class heating performance in low ambient air temperatures down to -20degC.
All hydraulic components are contained within a compact outdoor enclosure. It requires no refrigerant pipework connections, and the manufacturer says it can be quickly and easily installed by non-F-Gas registered technicians.
Ground source heat pump manufacturer Kensa has joined the debate about how the UK can tackle the growing problem of fuel poverty. The response comes in light of reports that in 2018 excess winter deaths hit their highest recorded levels since 1976.
Kensa Group CEO Simon Lomax said: “It is clear that something has to be done, and urgently. There has been much industry discussion recently about the growing problem of fuel poverty and the heating technologies that could help alleviate this issue. The oil heating body OFTEC has suggested that oil boilers are a more suitable solution than ground source heat pumps for rural householders in fuel poverty, and that they are ‘the cheapest fuel available to off-grid homes’ – a suggestion that Kensa disagrees with. Far from being the cheapest option, heat from an oil boiler costs 21% more.”
Guy Ransom, commercial director of Norfolk-based renewables specialist Finn Geotherm, comments on the report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), UK Housing – Fit for the Future?
We’ve read with interest the latest report from the CCC. The document questions whether housing stock is adequately prepared for the challenges of climate change, in both reducing emissions from UK homes and also in ensuring homes are adequately prepared for the impacts of climate change.
Heat pump industry figures have welcomed a report by the Committee on Climate Change which recommends a ban on gas boilers in new build properties by 2025.
The report, UK housing: Fit for the future?, warns that the UK’s legally-binding climate change targets will not be met without the near-complete elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from UK buildings.
A contemporary self-build house in North Norfolk is enjoying the benefits of renewable heating from Finn Geotherm.
The detached property, near Fakenham, is the vision of owners Rod and Pat George. Built entirely using Porotherm blocks within a light steel frame, the house uses some of the most up to date construction techniques and materials from around Europe. Energy efficiency has also remained front of mind, with all of the property’s 100m2 of floor to ceiling windows being triple glazed.