Xpelair delivers neat solution to service studio apartments
Cooling, heating and dehumidification for a project to convert a 1970s office block into 23 studio apartments is provided by Xpelair Digitemp units — which require no external installation. The project was part of a programme of refurbishment projects by Midlands Together CIC to create jobs for ex-offenders.
The building is of concrete and brick. It was stripped back to its shell, redesigned, re-insulated and double glazed to create studio apartments, each incorporating a large room with kitchenette and separate bathroom.
The existing gas system was unfit for purpose and cost prohibitive for future use. To meet the requirements of Part L1B, including target CO2 emissions, and a low maintenance requirement, a self-contained cost-effective all-electric heating system was required.
The Digitemp system was specified by Phil Boraston, M&E designer and consulting engineer for Midlands Together. WHP models were installed in each living area.
He explains, ‘Digitemp offered us a simple solution to meet all of our Building Regulations requirements and deliver a cost-effective energy-efficient system. With a COP (coefficient of performance) of 1.82 and an energy-efficiency rating of AA, it is an efficient piece of kit that is easy to install and requires minimal ongoing maintenance.’
These units are also suitable for light-commercial applications such as hotel rooms and small commercial offices.