Suffolk: Dream home is a ‘green’ house

WINDOW and energy solutions specialist SEH Commercial has completed a renewable energy installation at a new-build home in Suffolk which will generate more than �40,000 through the Feed-in Tarif scheme for the owners as well as reducing their carbon output.

Paget House at Middleton, near Saxmundham, was designed and built as the dream home of its owners, Julian Cusack and his wife, who contracted SEH French, sister company of Ipswich-based SEH Commercial, to complete the build.

The energy scheme involves a ground-source heat pump (GSHP) and a photovoltaic (PV) solar power system.

Simon Fowler of SEH Commercial said the GSHP should save around 750kg of carbon a year while the PV system should save around 1,058kg a year.

Mr and Mrs Cusack commissioned Paget House on their return to the UK after six years living in Bermuda.

The site which was previously owned by neighbour was acquired by a developer some years ago and Mr Cusack, an insurance professional with an interest in modern technologies, purchased it with planning permission to build his own property.

Simon Fowler from SEH Commercial said: “We installed the 14kW Dimplex GSHP using three bore-holes due to lack of space with each bore-hole 100 metres deep. The GSHP is the perfect solution for connecting to the property’s under-floor heating system due to its lower temperature and greater surface area to dissipate the heat. The GSHP should save around 750kg of Carbon per annum.”

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A double garage alongside the main house is the site for the 3.6kWp photovoltaic system which uses Mitsubishi 225Wp modules and is connected to the grid via a Fronius IG TL 3.0 inverter housed in a purpose-built plant room included in the design.

Mr Fowler added: “The PV system should generate an estimated 2487kWh per annum (based on independent software) or 2460kWh per annum based on Government’s Standard Assessment Procedure (SAPs).

“The Cusacks will be eligible for a FiT rate of 37.8p; this will give them an estimated �930 per annum from the FiT, �37 from the export tariff and �207 savings on their electricity bill per annum, giving an annual benefit of �1,173.

“Taking inflation into account the Cusacks should see a benefit of �44,880 over the 25-years of the FiT. On top of this, they will also save approximately 1,058kg of Carbon per year from the PV system.”