Roche Healthcare, a family run business that owns Mansion House and a further six homes across Yorkshire approached national property consultancy Carter Jonas for advice on renewable opportunities for its homes.
All of the homes are traditional buildings many of them having originally been stately homes. They have high energy demands as they are older buildings which can be difficult to insulate.
James Robinson, senior energy specialist at Carter Jonas said: “During our assessment of two of the sites it quickly became apparent that Mansion House was an ideal opportunity for biomass heating. The home has 29 residents and was previously heated by oil boilers which were old, inefficient, in need of repair and on two separate heating systems.
“We undertook a feasibility study into this opportunity, assessing the technical and financial feasibility of the project. This included boiler sizing and specification, fuel requirement, storage and delivery, financial modelling and regulatory/planning issues to consider. Due to the small size of the existing plant rooms and limited internal space for boilers/storage, we recommended a containerised system, linking both systems together and using wood pellet fuel.”
The project was completed in March this year and Mansion House now benefits from a sustainable and cost effective heating system.
Patrick Roche of Roche Healthcare said: “Carter Jonas provided invaluable support to help us replace the old boilers with a modern sustainable system. It is very important for us to ensure that all our homes are heated efficiently as we house more than 250 vulnerable people across Yorkshire. The care home staff are very happy with the system which is clean, safe and easy to use.”
Duncans Renewables, a local installer also supported on the project.