Historic sports group Lovat Shinty will benefit from low-cost heating and hot water for its new community pavilion, following the installation of two Vaillant air source heat pumps. The new facility, including showering areas, was almost entirely funded by charities and European funding groups, and, as the Lovat Shinty Club is not-for-profit, keeping future running costs low was a core consideration. With this in mind, the club turned to local renewable heating experts, R&I Cruden, who designed the most energy-efficient and cost-effective system possible. Vaillant Air-to-water heat pumps were selected to provide heating and hot water and are a highly efficient solution as they safeguard against fluctuations in oil and LPG prices that can leave owners vulnerable to ever-rising energy bills.
The pavilion system utilises two Vaillant aroTHERM air source heat pumps in cascade with a 200 litre buffer tank for an efficient and reliable supply of heating and hot water. This system is complemented by the Vaillant VRC 700 weather compensating system control which intelligently communicates with all Vaillant appliances, and further contributes to the efficiency of the system. Underfloor heating was installed throughout to provide efficient heating to the building and shower areas. The biggest challenge in this project was being able to supply all 4 changing room shower facilities with hot water. A cold water storage tank and boost pump station was installed and commission by R&I Cruden to provide pressurised hot water at all times.