An air source heating fan

A group of partner organizations that includes Six Town Housing picked up a Collaborative Working award at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards in February, for a trial project where smart energy systems were installed in homes across Greater Manchester.

Now, the project has been shortlisted for a further Innovation Award at the upcoming North West Regional Construction Awards.

Residents in Wigan Borough, Bury and Manchester helped to reduce carbon emissions while saving money on their fuel bills by taking part in the pilot project, which saw hundreds of homes have their old inefficient heating systems replaced with air source heat pumps. Special equipment was installed in each home, used to monitor and control the heat pumps with an aim is to reduce energy consumption at peak times –reducing demand on the national grid.

The project was developed as a partnership between Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority (GMCA) and Japan’s New Energy Development Organisation (NEDO). Six Town Housing installed the technology in 200 council houses that require new systems across the borough as part of the trial. Other partners in the £20 million project included Wigan and Leigh Homes, and Northwards Housing.

Six Town Housing tenant Caroline said when her system was installed that, “I had a standard gas system and it seemed to heat the house unevenly. My living room was always warm, but my bedroom was always colder and I used to use a hot water bottle sometimes. The first thing I noticed after the new system was installed, is that it keeps my whole house a constant temperature, from room to room. I’ve never had to change the settings since I got it. It adapts to how warm or cold it is outside and I don’t have to think about it.”

To find out more about the Greater Manchester Smart Energy project, visit their website: www.gmsmartenergy.co.uk

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