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Electric Heating


Electric heating for the UK’s transforming property landscape


Mark McManus (pictured), Managing Director of Stiebel Eltron UK, looks at some of the changes that are affecting the electric heating market, including build to rent developments and recent trends in university student accommodation – both of which present new challenges for the HVAC sector.


T


he property sector in UK cities is booming, with cranes dotting skylines across the country as developers reap the benefits of an ever-changing market. This upturn has been fuelled, in


part, by two significant culture changes surrounding attitudes to city centre living and the aims and demands of universities and students in higher education.


The first of these changes comes in the unprecedented popularity of PRS


(private rented sector) and BTR (build to rent) developments that fulfil the demand that ‘Generation Rent’ has created, as getting on the property ladder becomes increasingly difficult.


The second change has been the decision by many of the country’s


universities to consolidate their campuses into high density student accommodation blocks – moving students away from the suburbs and back to centralised campuses. Both these developments have massively increased the demand for high density, often high-rise, city centre living. This disruption presents challenges for the HVAC sector – with the


changing expectations of students, universities, tenants and developers compounded by the ever-increasing demand to improve energy efficiency and renewable performance. This environment has created a surge in demand for fresh ideas in


electrical heating, which the industry must respond to. Consumers are demanding more control, better energy efficiency and modern design to suit their lifestyle, and it’s imperative that the latest generation in panel heaters accommodate for this.


Heating control One key innovation that is driving the latest generation of panel heaters and has transformed the way that developers approach the issue of heating PRS and student developments is the rapid progression of heating control technology. Finding areas in which energy savings can be maximised is a priority in such competitive markets and this has driven the uptake of heating control solutions. In student accommodation for example, there are significant


opportunities to reduce the amount of heat that is demanded, and often wasted, by an occupant. Unnecessary costs can often be incurred when students are given control of their own heating systems and choose to heat the unit constantly – while opening windows to cool the room down when the temperature becomes too high. In the context of universities, this can impact campus energy budgets, and


for those in private rented accommodation lead to sky high energy bills. The evolution of heating controls has brought about solutions that can mitigate these issues for university estates managers. The introduction of


20 | electrical wholesalerSeptember 2018


Stiebel Eltron offers CNS NC (no control) for university student accommodation builds and the new CNS Trend UK panel heater (pictured) for PRS and BTR residential developments.


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‘slave heating control’ – which gives building/facilities managers and landlords the power over the temperature and frequency of use of heaters – can allow for a tailored approach to heating a residence that minimises costs.


When combined with panel heaters across large scale developments


incorporating multiple dwellings, these heating controls can provide significant savings, building on the benefits already provided by panel heaters, which with their slimline design free up invaluable space in high density city centre developments. These no control heaters provide a universal service across an expansive


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