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Ground Source Heat Pumps for Newcastle Tower Blocks | BUILDING MAGAZINE

Ground Source Heat Pumps for Newcastle Tower Blocks

Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) have brought in Equans (formerly Engie) for a green heating project for 164 homes..

Equans has been given a £3.8m contract to remove the gas-powered central heating systems of two tower blocks and replace with ground source heat pumps. The tower blocks are Denton Park House and Hilltop House in the West Denton area of Newcastle. The work will be supported by Newcastle City Council, which secured a £1.4m from the government’s Renewal Heat Initiative to help fund the scheme.

Newcastle City Council’s cabinet member for climate change and public safety Councillor Clare Penny-Evans said: “Housing is one of the most challenging areas when it comes to achieving our net zero ambitions, with homes in the UK producing more carbon emissions than all the cars in the country combined. Existing older homes are by far the worst polluters and with over 80% of the homes people will live in the city in 2050 already built we know we need to take decisive action urgently, retrofitting properties to improve their energy efficiency”.

“We are working on a programme to improve our own housing stock and this project is key to that, with new low carbon heating systems and projecfs to improve insulation also helping to reduce energy demand”.