When a luxury developer needed give its latest apartment complex in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire a heating and cooling solution, REHAU were chosen to provide a premium product to its buyers.
Established residential developer Mentmore Homes are based in south Buckinghamshire and have a reputation for constructing high quality, individually designed homes.
When the company was working on the specification for its Oakley Court development – for six, three-bedroom luxury flats in the commuter town of Gerrards Cross – the architects wanted to install a renewable heating and cooling system throughout to create both a sustainable and more comfortable living environment.
Local installers BeGreen were keen to install a renewable-based system with some luxurious finishes and turned to REHAU, as they are a trusted supplier who they have worked alongside for over a decade.
Garry Woods, owner of BeGreen said: “The design for the Oakley Court apartments was very much focused on delivering luxury living spaces with the latest climate control technology that was easy to use. We knew we needed underfloor heating for the development as this would work well with the renewable heating solutions we had in mind.
“As well as being more energy efficient, underfloor heating is aesthetically more pleasing for buyers as there is no need for radiators so homeowners have more choice about how they want their rooms arranged.”
Photovoltaic solar panels support Oakley Court’s renewable heating system, which provide enough electricity to power the cooling system and the heating of the buffer and hot water tanks in the summer to further increase the sustainability of the development.
Tony Harbour, Senior Commercial Manager at REHAU said: “When the weather is warmer demand for cooling increases and in a luxury apartment, buyers expect full control of their climate. Rather than fitting air conditioning, which can be noisy and intrusive, Mentmore Homes required something more subtle to provide the cooling their clients wanted. So we suggested chilled ceilings to BeGreen, and everyone felt it was the solution they were looking for.”
Nick Peck, from Mentmore Homes, expressed his delight with the finished product: “Using the heating and cooling system, we have been able to create automatic climate control so our homeowners can keep each room at a set temperature, in the most efficient way. It makes for a more comfortable living environment for the people who buy our homes and it doesn’t cost the earth.
“It also made the flats very desirable and all were sold prior to the completion of the apartments helped in some measure by the innovative and renewable heating and cooling system.”
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