Vaillant picked for eco-friendly project


18 May 2021
Vaillant is supplying heat pumps for the Oakfield development in Swindon

Vaillant has been awarded the contract to supply 239 low carbon heat pumps to a new build housing development led by Nationwide Building Society.

Located on the outskirts of Swindon, the 239-plot off-gas Oakfield development is being managed by property developers Igloo Regeneration and construction partner Mi-space, and the first homes will be available in 2022.

The development features a range of properties from one-bedroom apartments to 2, 3 and 4 bed houses. In addition, the project has also committed to ensuring 30 per cent of properties are allocated to affordable housing. All properties have been designed to run as energy efficiently as possible ahead of the Government’s 2025 deadline for the Future Homes Standard.  

Vaillant will be supplying 221 of its aroTHERM plus air source heat pumps while the remaining 18 properties, which are in an apartment block, will use Vaillant’s aroTHERM split air-to-water heat pump. Here, properties located on the ground floor have had heat pump units installed on the ground, while the remainder have been installed on the roof of the apartment block.

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The aroTHERM plus from Vaillant

The aroTHERM plus and aroTHERM split heat pumps offer an ErP rating of A+++ and A++ respectively and are Quiet Mark accredited. 

Steve Cipriano, commercial director at Vaillant, said: “With government targets to reduce carbon emissions in new builds by 31 per cent by 2025, we’re increasingly seeing housebuilders and developers invest heavily in low carbon technologies, such as heat pumps, to reach these objectives.

“The specification of our aroTHERM plus and aroTHERM split heat pumps at the Oakfield project is a shining example of how property developers are looking at innovative ways of sustainable living both for today and into the future. By working with the team at Igloo right from the onset of the project, we have been able to ensure the project and its future homeowners are benefitting from the most sustainable heating solutions available.” 

In addition to the heat pumps, Nationwide Building Society has also committed to ensuring each property achieves an EPC-A rating. To achieve this target, the properties will also benefit from the installation of other sustainable technologies such as solar PV. Houses will be wired to allow residences to add their own electric car charging points and batteries to store energy.