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Finn Geotherm shortlisted in two national awards for Raynham Hall project
Attleborough based renewable heating company Finn Geotherm, has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards following a heat pump installation at 17th century Raynham Hall near Fakenham.
Finn Geotherm is a finalist in both the Heating & Ventilating Review (HVR) Awards 2019, which have been championing innovation, excellence and achievement across the heating and ventilating industry for the past ten years, and The Energy Awards, which reward excellence in the energy business. Competing against projects from across the country, Finn Geotherm has been shortlisted in these two award schemes for its ground source heat pump installation at Grade 1 Listed property Raynham Hall.
Built in 1621, Raynham Hall is a spectacular property set in 5,000 acres. It is lived in by Charles, the 8th Marquess Townshend, who inherited the property in 2010. At £36,000, the annual heating bill was too expensive and the old and ineffective oil boiler desperately needed to be upgraded. Finn Geotherm specified and installed a ground source heat pump which has cut heating costs at Raynham Hall by 64%. The amount of energy consumed has been reduced by 72.6%. The installation also qualifies for the government’s Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which provides quarterly payments based on the amount of heat energy used for 20 years. The system will pay back in around seven years.
Guy Ransom, commercial director at Finn Geotherm said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for these two national awards with this installation which has made such a difference at Raynham Hall. Raynham Hall is an ideal illustration of the massive impact a heat pump can have in older properties. Period properties have so often overlooked heat pumps as there is still the misconception that all homes must have a good Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating for a ground or air source system to work effectively. This is simply not the case, as the installation at Raynham Hall proves. We hope that through initiatives such as these prestigious award schemes, we can encourage more people to consider heat pumps as a viable solution.”
“The previous heating system was terrible,” said Lord Townshend, owner of Raynham Hall. “However, results for the heat pump so far have been extraordinarily good. The house is now very comfortable. You put up with a lot when you live in a large house but there really is no need to go without adequate heating and hot water. It’s a huge problem we’ve been living with which has just disappeared. I am delighted to be using modern technology to heat my 17th Century home – it is the perfect combination.”
Winners of the HVR Awards 2019 will be announced on 24th October and winners of The Energy Awards on 21st November. For more information on Finn Geotherm’s installation at Raynham Hall, see www.finn-geotherm.co.uk/case-studies