Historic residential home installs new biomass boiler

16th Nov 2012

Holderness House has installed a 200kw biomass boiler, fuelled by wood pellets, which will halve its energy bills and reduce its carbon footprint

The Elizabethan-style stately home, now used as a residential care home, was built in 1838 and had been relying on 30-year old gas boilers for heating and hot water prior to the installation of the biomass boilers. This led to some unoccupied rooms being heated and therefore a loss of energy, as there was no room-by-room thermostat system. Furthermore, south-facing rooms were often far too hot while other rooms were too cool.

“We knew we needed to address the heating and hot water system in the home and find a better solution to keeping our ladies warm and comfortable” said Tony Beharrell, Chair of the Trustees. “Moving towards a greener energy solution is not only practical but with mounting and ever increasing energy costs, it is a sustainable way of running our home more efficiently.”

The new biomass boiler, which has been funded by the Carbon Trust and takes advantage of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), will reduce energy costs by 35% and room-by-room thermostats will add another 15% reduction in costs on top. The heating system was installed by Smart4Energy, a company that specialises in the manufacture of self-contained biomass pellet boilers, after an initial assessment. The company discovered that although the old boilers were running at a maximum of 70% efficiency, 50% of the energy output was being wasted.

“It’s vital temperatures are maintained at a comfortable level, particularly in environments where the inhabitants are elderly” said Jonathan Froggatt, Smart4Energy’s managing director. “The new variations in temperatures around the care home have practical as well as financial implications. The combination of the Carbon Trust loan and funding from the Government’s RHI were key to this project and has helped the home save on bills moving forward and significantly reduce their carbon footprint without having to make a huge capital investment.”