Housebuilder pledges to ditch gas boilers for heat pumps in homes

Housebuilder pledges to ditch gas boilers for heat pumps in homes

Housebuilder pledges to ditch gas boilers for heat pumps in homes to reduce owners’ carbon footprint

  • Redrow said all its new detached homes will be fitted with a heat pump 
  • Ground floor Air source heat pumps will be standard underfloor heating

Housebuilder Redrow has said all its new detached homes will be fitted with a heat pump instead of a gas boiler – the first pledge of its kind in the industry.

The firm, one of the UK’s largest housebuilders, said it was overtaking its competitors in meeting government proposals to ban gas boilers in new builds from 2025. 

Air source heat pumps will also be installed as standard in ground floor underfloor heating.

Gas boilers are being phased out as part of the Government’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050. 

Housebuilder Redrow has said all its new detached homes will be fitted with a heat pump instead of a gas boiler – the first pledge of its kind in the industry

The firm, one of the UK’s largest housebuilders, said it was overtaking its competitors in meeting government proposals to ban gas boilers in new builds from 2025

Redrow said its pledge is an industry first, as other builders have been slow to commit to the move away from traditional gas boilers.

Matthew Pratt, Redrow chief executive, said the move would ‘future-proof’ homes, adding: ‘This will provide the opportunity for our customers to reduce their costs and carbon footprint.’

Heat pumps use air and a small amount of electricity. A Redrow trial found the device was two to three times more efficient than an A-rated boiler.

Heat pumps are more environmentally friendly than a gas-powered boiler when installed in an energy-efficient and well-insulated home.

Redrow trialled the energy consumption for heating and hot water with a heat pump, compared with a traditional gas boiler, and found that the heat pump used significantly less energy, operating at an efficiency of around two to three times that of an A-rated boiler.

The builder has partnered with manufacturers Mitsubishi, Vaillant and Daiken to install the new heating systems.

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