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TEMPERATURE´S RISING


AMA Research provides key information from their latest report on the underfloor heating market.


INTRODUCTION In 2017, the UK underfloor heating (UFH) market accounted for almost 7% of the total heating systems sector, representing a slight increase over the last two years. This market is broadly classified into two product types; water- based, or hydronic UFH systems, and electric UFH systems. Some projects may involve a mix of both types of systems, often known as a hybrid solution.


MARKET OVERVIEW & TRENDS The underfloor heating market has performed very strongly over the past four years, reflecting both relatively buoyant activity within some sectors of the non-residential construction industry and higher levels of housebuilding. Although new- build and custom-build projects have contributed towards this growth, demand has also been boosted by increased retrofit activity and home extensions. Additionally, advances in technology, making the product easier to install, coupled with a desire for improved energy efficiency and added comfort, have all contributed towards this recent growth.


Growth has also occurred within the non-domestic sector, despite the challenging economic environment and public sector cutbacks in areas such as health and


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education. Adoption of UFH systems is steadily increasing in non-residential buildings such as schools, hospitals and commercial offices.


Greater uptake of heat pumps in the renewables sector is also thought to have contributed towards growth in the market, given their increasingly significant role in meeting carbon reduction targets.


The increased awareness of UFH and its benefits has also driven growth in the market. This can be attributed to heightened promotional and advertising activity, together with an increase in the number of suppliers in both the traditional and online retailing sectors. As a result, UFH is no longer seen as a specialist or luxury purchase.


An array of product innovations has made UFH systems easier to install, broadening their appeal for the retrofit market. This has led to the emergence of UFH systems (both water-based and electric) which can be laid over existing floors, thereby minimising disruption and speeding up installation.


Imports of UFH remain strong, a factor which is likely to drive down prices. Many manufacturers now source components from abroad, including India and the Far East, although full assembly of UFH kits may take place within their own facility.


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