15 March 2023
Vaillant has teamed up with Kevin McCloud to uncover the truth about having a heat pump installed in a wide variety of homes across the UK, and to help answer the common queries about the practicalities of installing and living with this type of low-carbon heating technology.
The partnership sees the launch of the Vaillant Heat Pump Challenge, which is looking for installers to help showcase how and when heat pumps work at their best.
Despite the growing popularity of heat pumps in the UK, recent research carried out on behalf of Vaillant, revealed there are still many questions surrounding this heating technology – often preventing both installers and UK homeowners from taking the first step to fitting one. How they work in the cold, costs to run and the type of homes they are suitable for, were amongst the frequently asked questions; on which internet research often gives polarised answers.
So, Vaillant is aiming to open the debate surrounding heat pumps and shed light on installing and owning this type of heating technology - by challenging the industry to share their heat pump projects and demonstrate the wide variety of homes for which heat pumps are possible!
The Vaillant Heat Pump Challenge is looking for installers to submit the most interesting and challenging residential heat pump installations they have been involved in, where many may have initially thought it wouldn’t be feasible or effective. The winning projects will have the chance to film with British property expert and presenter, Kevin McCloud.
Kevin said: “I’ve spent much of my career working with visionary people who have been able to realise their dreams - no matter how ambitious - by building extraordinary homes, despite those around them saying it’s not possible. We’re now in a similar situation in the home energy sector where some have enthusiastically embraced heat pump technology while some people are fearful about reliability and suitability, or simply don’t understand what they are, how they work, and the efficiency benefits they offer.
“Heat pumps are quite different to boilers in the way they operate but they’re very efficient and straightforward. I was an early adopter and chose to put them in my current home too. So, I’m very excited to be part of Vaillant’s Heat Pump Challenge; it’s a first, opportunity to find out what is happening in the here and now to make heating our homes more efficient and climate friendly. I’m very much looking forward to discovering some great projects and encourage anyone who has installed a heat pump to tell us all about it.”
To enter a project into the challenge, installers simply need to create a 30-second video describing their heat pump project and share it on Twitter or Facebook using #VaillantHPChallenge and tagging @VaillantUK in the post. Or on Instagram, using #VaillantHPChallenge and tagging @vaillant.uk to ensure your entry is received.
Alternatively, projects can be submitted by emailing [email protected] with details of the project and the solution put in place. Or by visiting www.vaillant.co.uk/heatpumpchallenge to enter using the online form.
Henrik Hansen, Managing Director of Vaillant Group, UK and Ireland, said: “We’re looking for those projects where a heat pump wasn’t perhaps the easiest or most obvious solution, but it has delivered a great result for the homeowners and their property. An older cottage, an apartment building with a heat pump on a balcony or Victorian terrace, for example. We know this type of install is happening across the country, so we want to highlight those times people made the decision and invested in low-carbon heating, maybe despite people saying it wouldn’t work. Perhaps the install was easier than expected or technical solutions were found to make it a success.”
All entries should be for UK homes, either in the process of, or have completed the installation stage, and use a Vaillant heat pump as the main source of hot water and heating.
Shortlisted entries will be announced in March and reviewed by a panel of industry judges, including Kevin McCloud. The three winning projects will then be filmed, giving entrants the opportunity to discuss the heat pump system in more detail with Kevin - providing a unique opportunity to promote their skills and business.
Henrik concludes: “Heat pumps have existed for many years and are a proven solution that can help decarbonise homes today. In many European countries, they are well known and widely adopted as home heating solutions.
“We know that with the right skills and expertise, heat pumps can be possible in most circumstances whether a small apartment in a bustling city, or a rustic farmhouse in the countryside. With the Vaillant Heat Pump Challenge, we are looking for those installations where a heat pump was the most desirable choice for the heating system, but the age of the building, surrounding environment or existing system made people question the possibility.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the entries from the installer community.”
The call for entries is now open with a closing date of 17th March 2023. For more information, please see further details below.
Vaillant’s Heat Pump Challenge
The Vaillant Heat Pump Challenge opens for entries on 1st February 2023 and closes on Friday 17th March 2023. Shortlisted entries will be announced thereafter.
How to enter:
Create a 30 second video describing the initial challenge, the design stage, installation and – if available – the results.
Please include the name of the project, any key project dates and the name of the contractor/installer who carried out the work.
Post the 30-second video on Twitter or Facebook with the project name, date and contractor name. Don’t forget to include #VaillantHPChallenge and tag @VaillantUK (or @vaillant.uk on Instagram) to ensure your entry is received.
Email your project details, again including the name of the project, any key project dates and the name of the contractor/installer who carried out the work, plus a quick description of the challenge to [email protected]
Visit www.vaillant.co.uk/heatpumpchallenge to submit your entry using the online form.
For a project to be eligible for the Vaillant Heat Pump Challenge, it should:
- Be intended primarily for a residential/non-commercial setting
- Use a Vaillant heat pump in the main heating system design
- Be in the installation stage or have completed the installation
- Have proof of installation such as photographs and/or approved designs
- Have been installed no earlier than 1 January 2020
Visit: www.vaillant.co.uk/heatpumpchallenge for full details of how to enter and for the terms and conditions of the Vaillant Heat Pump Challenge.