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UK’s first net zero carbon retirement community in design

Ground source heat pumps manufactured and installed by Kensa will deliver the lowest carbon heating solution for the UK’s first net-zero carbon retirement community, creating a sustainable future for older generations.

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UK’s first net zero carbon retirement community in design
UK’s first net zero carbon retirement community in design

The Millfield Green site in Bedfordshire, will provide 200 sustainable new-build homes specifically designed to accommodate older people’s needs, as well as a village centre with a range of wellbeing and leisure facilities. The development will use renewable energy generation throughout, including ground source heat pumps, which will give the residents ample heating and hot water whilst helping to combat climate change.

The heat pump system, containing a mix of residential and commercial properties, will be the largest of its kind to have been installed by Kensa to date. Inspired Villages (owned by Legal & General) considered several different renewable heating systems before concluding that ground source heat pumps would provide the lowest carbon and lowest cost heating solution for the development.

Dr Stuart Gadsden, director of sales for Kensa Contracting, said:

“Retired communities deserve safe heating systems that are low cost, low air pollution and low carbon. Once installed, the ground source heat pumps will provide plentiful heating and hot water for the senior residents at Millfield Green, improving their quality of living and tackling two serious national emergencies: climate change and fuel poverty.

Many older people face tough choices each winter about how to cover the cost of keeping warm, and poorly heated homes result in health problems and can even contribute to loss of life. By investing in ground source heating systems, Inspired Villages have ensured optimum comfort and low running costs for residents who can enjoy their retirement without worrying about whether they can afford to run their heating, as well as knowing that they are having a positive environmental impact.”

John Bromley, head of clean energy at Legal & General Capital, said:

“The work underway at Millfield Green represents Legal & General’s first steps towards enabling all new homes to be operationally net carbon neutral within a decade, reducing the emissions of many tonnes of greenhouse gasses, whilst saving customers money and meeting the needs of investors who increasingly focus on sustainable solutions. Being able to bring together our housing platform and our clean energy investments, through the deployment of Kensa’s high-efficiency ground source heat pumps, demonstrates how L&G is taking a holistic approach to Building Back Better from early-stage capital investment, through to construction and operation.”

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