Centrica launches low carbon heating scheme

Staff from PH Jones at work installing heat pumps at the village of Tilston in Cheshire

Centrica has joined forces with Sanctuary Housing on a low carbon heating scheme that will spread across the UK.

On 7 April, Centrica announced that from now until the end of October, close to 600 of Sanctuary’s social housing properties across the North, North West, Midlands, East and South West will see their existing heat systems replaced with low carbon alternatives. The goal will be to bring them up to an EPC rating of at least C, or higher.

Each property will be fitted with an air source heat pump that has a smart cylinder, intelligent heat control, new radiators and pipework. The project is being funded through Sanctuary, the Renewable Heat Incentive and Warm Homes Fund, with the smart cylinder in each home to feature full onboard monitoring that measures the system’s performance, showing that the requirements for funding are being met.

PH Jones will oversee the project planning, delivery and compliance, with an approved contractor to complete the first 100 installs while training and upskilling British Gas engineers, ahead of them taking over for the rest.

Carl Vaughan, Business Customer Delivery Manager at PH Jones, said: “This project has the potential to reduce energy bills for residents, while improving local air quality and making a significant contribution towards our national net zero targets. For us, this is a fantastic opportunity to deliver a sustainable heating project on a national scale, with demand only set to grow over the coming months and years.”