In building this leisure centre the owners were keen to have as sustainable an energy requirement as possible. To this end, air source heat pumps have been installed in tandem with gas boilers and roof mounted PV panels. This combination allows the mixed demands of pool and space heating and shower water to be managed across the year.
The PV panels offer a distinct income and offer large savings when they generate in tandem with the heat pumps running. The gas boilers allow high temperature water on short notice and resilience in extreme weather.
2 York heat pumps are used, with the gas plumbed in after their flows and controlled by the heat pumps’ performance.
Through the first winter quarter the heat pump running costs have been at under £500 a month.