Air source heat pumps in social housing

3rd May 2011


Ayrshire Housing and South Ayrshire Council are jointly hosting a presentation on the use of air source heat pumps in affordable housing based on their use in a  scheme in the village of Maidens.

The session will present the findings of a year long comparative study into the effectiveness of air source heat pumps against electric heating augmented with solar collectors and positive input ventilation.  Maidens is not in a gas supply area.

The presentation will be made by the study’s author John Currie, Director of the Scottish Energy Centre at Napier University.

It will take place on Wednesday 11 May in the County Hall, County Buidings. Wellington Square, Ayr. It is free and open to anyone interested in the topic. It starts at 2pm with tea and coffee available from 1.30pm.

Just contact Ayrshire Housing’s Rose Estelles to confirm your attendance or for more information.  You can also download a copy of the report here.

The total cost of the seven  lifetime homes  at Maidens was £1.2m. It was designed by Ayr based architects ARPL  and built by the Prestwick contractor, Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd. Thanks to additional funding from South Ayrshire Council and the Energy Saving Trust, all the houses benefited from air  source heat pumps or solar hot water panels.  The development was formally opened by Cathy Jamieson MSP on 7 August 2009.