BDR Thermea, formerly Baxi Group, has reported a “very successful”
Ecobuild 2011. Social housing and new build specifiers made a
bee-line to the company’s stand at the ExCeL London show, attracted
by the broad range of low carbon heating and hot water solutions on
display. Working models of the Baxi Bioflo for biomass projects and
the award-winning Baxi Ecogen, the only commercially available
micro-CHP unit purpose-designed for the home proved major highlights
at the show alongside the company’s recently launched Multifit
GasSaver and Multifit HeatSaver products.
“Yet again, Ecobuild has provided us with a very productive platform for business” says BDR Thermea’s Specification Channel Manager, Simon Osborne. “Over the three days of the show, we were able to meet with a high proportion of new and existing specification customers in social housing and new-build as well as a growing number of self-builders and consumers. We took the opportunity to demonstrate the vast range of low carbon technologies now available under the BDR Thermea banner. Using BDR Thermea Know How, we were also able to explain how these products and systems can work on their own and in combination to secure benefits under SAP and help meet Levels 3 and 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH)”.
Baxi Bioflo helps developers meet CfSH Level 4 and comply with the requirements of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. This innovative free-standing, pellet fed boiler can be installed in living areas, making boiler specification and installation much simpler on new-build and retrofit housing projects than is possible with traditional biomass solutions. Baxi Bioflo is especially suited to social housing developments in rural, off mains gas areas where it can help alleviate fuel poverty issues.
Complying fully with the new requirements of Part L1 of the Building Regulations (2010, the revolutionary Baxi Ecogen is a dual energy system which can be specified to meet Level 4 in the CfSH and take advantage of Government funding initiatives, such as, Feed-in Tariffs (FiT). Baxi Ecogen installation can save up to £600 in fuel bills for a typical 4 bed semi detached home and achieve carbon reductions totalling 3.3 tonnes 2% when replacing a SEDBUK (2005) Band G boiler.
Live appliances including a Baxi Bioflo, a Heatrae Sadia Megaflo eco cylinder, and a Baxi Ecogen featured prominently as part of the BDR Thermea offering. These eye-catching products drew the crowds in all three days, providing an insight into the smooth-running, ease of operation and low noise performance benefits of the technologies.
Designed for use with Baxi and Potterton HE combi boilers, the Multifit GasSaver is a passive flue gas recovery system which reduces energy usage by up to 37% and water consumption by up to 7%. Specifiers at the show could see how this technology was able to recover heat from flue gases that would otherwise be wasted, using it to pre-heat water coming into the boiler from the cold mains supply. The Mutlifit HeatSaver package, also on show at Ecobuild, optimises heating and reducing gas consumption still further by adding a 50 litre temporal store to the Multifit GasSaver system.
Other low carbon solutions on display under the BDR Thermea umbrella comprised technologies from Baxi, Potterton, Heatrae Sadia, Valor, Andrews Water Heaters, Santon, Elson, Baxi Sener-tec and Potterton Commercial. These included Baxi Ambiflo™ air source heat pumps linked to the new Megaflo Eco HP, which has been designed to optimise heat input from any ASHP, and Baxi Geoflo™ ground source heat pumps; Baxi Solarflo™ thermal water heating systems; Heatrae Sadia hot water storage cylinders, water heaters and Electromax solar thermal electric water heaters; and Potterton Commercial Sirrus SAT Heat Box units for district heating system applications.
The BDR Thermea Know How initiative also proved popular at Ecobuild. BDR Thermea Know How is the platform which allows the company to communicate its unrivalled knowledge of the legislative framework in specification and its expertise in helping developers assess the impact of their system solution in meeting these requirements. Specifiers were able to engage with Know How through face to face conversations with BDR Thermea experts at Ecobuild.
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