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The rising cost of fuel has made us look for ways of reducing our fuel consumption and also has steered us to investigating alternative energy sources such as ground, air, sun, wind and wave energy. Although there is still much controversy as to the pay back times for these technologies we do, at some point, need to embrace them as sources of fossil fuels deplete.


Underfloor heating has been successfully partnered with ground and air source heat pump technology. Because underfloor heating is required to run at a temperature several degrees lower than a conventional radiator heating system, a heat pump can provide sufficient heat for a wet underfloor heating system. Underfloor heating systems are more costly to retro fit so they are more suited to newbuild properties.


Since April 2005 it has become a legal requirement that when a central heating boiler comes to the end of its life it must be replaced by a condensing boiler as these run at maximum fuel efficiency. The condensing boiler is designed to extract the maximum amount of heat from the usable energy. This includes unused heat from the escaping flue gases. Once the heat is removed, the cooled flue gases condense. So unlike the conventional boiler, the condensing boiler has an extra large heat exchanger made of a robust non-corrosive material such as super alloy stainless steel or aluminium. A 40-mm plastic pipe is required to drain the condensed liquid as it drips down the heat exchanger within the boiler. The condensate can be directed to the most convenient kitchen waste pipe or outside drain. Approximately one litre of condensed water vapour is produced per hour.


The length of plastic flue and air intake pipes can be run up to ten metres away from the boiler, either vertically or horizontally so siting the boiler is flexible and is not restricted to being placed on an outside wall. However, care should be taken in the positioning of the flue outlet. It should not be too close to a door or opening window because of the plume of gases that could blow back and cause a nuisance.  Never discharge your flue onto a neighbour’s property.


Most types of heating systems and components are represented at The Building Centre including electric, gas and oil boilers, under-floor heating, heat pumps, solar heating, photovoltaics, radiators, wind turbines, radiators and controls. You can order or download manufacturers’ technical product brochures from the website.


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Product News


Barn, Westfield Farm, Cotswolds

08 April 2014 11:38 by Hep2O


Barn, Westfield Farm, Cotswolds


At a two-storey barn conversion in the Cotswolds, a comprehensive Hep2O underfloor heating system from Wavin has been specified to provide cost-effective and efficient heat distribution across both...


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Energy Saving Product that the Design Conscious Must Have

03 April 2014 12:11 by Pegler Yorkshire Group Ltd


Energy Saving Product that the Design Conscious Must Have


With over 70 percent of UK households still not benefitting from the savings offered by thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), leading UK manufacturer Pegler Yorkshire has put its knowledge and expert...


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P&A Wood Rolls-Royce Showroom, Dunmow

31 March 2014 10:55 by Jaga Heating Products (UK) Ltd


P&A Wood Rolls-Royce Showroom, Dunmow


When you hear the name ‘Rolls-Royce,’ certain words spring to mind; elegance, detail, bespoke, perfection. The car manufacturer has spent over a century building this brand image, and continues to do ...


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Hamworthy donates two new boilers to ‘Charity of the Year’

27 March 2014 17:10 by Hamworthy Heating Ltd


Hamworthy donates two new boilers to ‘Charity of the Year’


Forest Holme Hospice in Poole, Dorset who cares for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses is benefitting from two new high efficiency boilers.   Hamworthy donated the new b...


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The ‘Cast Iron Way’ to fight rising energy costs

08 March 2014 11:27 by Hamworthy Heating Ltd


The ‘Cast Iron Way’ to fight rising energy costs


As the cost of gas and electricity continues to rise, it is now more important than ever to review your heating and hot water plant to see how you could save money and reduce your energy consumptio...


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Industry News


Gas firm in search of apprentices

Published: 10/06/2013 07:57:22


" British Gas is looking for good communicators to fill 200 new apprenticeship roles to install and maintain household heating systems across the country "



Support for low-carbon price drop

Published: 24/05/2013 08:00:00


" Consumers would save tens of billions of pounds if the UK shifted towards a portfolio of clean energy in the next decade, according to the Government's climate advisers "



Project assesses heat loss in homes

Published: 09/04/2013 07:11:08


" A major new research project to understand heat loss in millions of homes across Britain has been commissioned "



Government dismisses gas crisis reports

Published: 25/03/2013 09:47:54


" The Government has quashed rumours suggesting Britain's gas supplies are running on empty after an unseasonably cold start to the spring "



Firm makes red-hot £160k investment

Published: 27/12/2012 09:41:03


" A Yorkshire engineering firm is investing £160,000 in a new heating system in order to make savings on energy and reduce its carbon footprint "