NEW AcoustiPanel™14
Combined Knauf acoustic floor deck solution with integrated Nu-Heat warm water underfloor heating.

This new acoustic solution from Nu-Heat, produced in partnership with Knauf, comprises a pre-routed gypsum board over a high performance IsoRubber-UFH-NH base, into which Nu-Heat’s 14mm tube is neatly installed.

The combination of tongue and groove panels and a self-levelling skim offer high thermal conductivity allowing a quick transfer of heat into the room and the creation of an extremely stable, monolithic floor finish.

When installed within an acoustic floor cassette, AcoustiPanel™14 exceeds Part E making the solution suitable for new build and renovation apartments, where an efficient and discreet underfloor heating system is required as part of an acoustically robust system that is simple to install.

AcoustiPanel14 UFH

This tailor-made acoustic UFH system offers:

  • Fast heat transfer combined with high performance heat output of up to 96W/m2
  • A low profile UFH solution with outstanding acoustic properties exceeding Part E
  • Minimal height build-up at just 31mm, saving typically 69mm compared to typical acoustic batten solutions
  • A low weight solution compared to liquid screed or a typical sand & cement screed UFH system
  • Ultra-low deflection, monolithic ‘fit and finished’ floor section over IsoRubber-UFH-NH base ideal for large format tiles and luxury floor finishes
  • A sustainable solution, with the gypsum board being made up of a minimum of 60% recycled product and categorised under Knauf Environmental Product Declarations – according to ISO 14025
  • IsoRubber-UFH-NH made with a recycled content in excess of 90% waste rubber, a Global Warming Potential of Zero and an Ozone Depletion Potential of Zero

A straightforward installation

  • Installed directly over a structural working deck – either suspended timber or concrete/screed
  • Fully tailored designs with 6 panel options for optimal heating layouts and pipework back to manifolds
  • Self-levelling skim dries overnight, resulting in reduced site programme
  • Single manifold, up to 160m – for quick installation, using less material
  • Complete mechanical & electrical installation design and AcoustiPanel™ layout drawings, provided by Nu-Heat
  • Floor finishes can be fitted after just 72 hours

Find out more about AcoustiPanel™14 at www.nu-heat.co.uk/ap14

Timber Expo 2015

Timber Expo is the most important timber event on the UK construction calendar and is brimming with the latest products, innovations and developments across the timber sector. It runs from Tuesday 6th – Thursday 8th October 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Our experts will be on stand T3/435 to give you advice and guidance on integrating underfloor heating, including new AcoustiPanel™14 into your project.

Get your free tickets to Timber Expo here.

A “summer” of fundraising & a sad farewell

It’s been a successful couple of months of fundraising at Nu-Heat, with various challenges and activities completed.

Skydive

Chris skydive

Chris Poole, Assistant Distribution Manager, completed a Skydive in aid of CLIC Sargent, and raised a total of £420.

“It was an amazing experience and I would quite happily do it all again! Weirdly, I wasn’t nervous at all, I just really enjoyed the whole thing – from going up in the plane to jumping out and landing.”

Race for Life

Warehouse Operative, Shirley, took part in Race for Life on 26th July. She completed the 5k course in thirty minutes and raised £150 for Cancer Research UK.

“I was really up for this run, even though it was pouring with rain! I try to think of the charity as I’m running the course, and how the money being raised will help support those with cancer.”

Nu-Heat mufti

A dress down day was held at the Nu-Heat office to raise money for Stroke Association, a charity we continue to support.

Goodbye, Clare

Clare

Clare Piper, Finance Manager, recently left the company after working with Nu‑Heat for nearly 18 years.

“Clare has a vast depth and breadth of knowledge of the business and excellent skills with credit control. But, it’s her resilience, grace under pressure, sense of humour and absolute commitment to get the job done that I will personally miss”, says Ian Jeacock, Finance Director.

All the best, Clare!

Does a heat pump need planning permission?

Many properties will be suitable for a heat pump but it is often the plot that dictates which type of heat pump would be best suited.

Generally, to see a significant saving, a heat pump is best suited to a property that does not have any access to mains gas, as these are the properties that have the potential to benefit the most from renewables. But does the plot itself have a part to play?

Heat pump siting

Ground or air source heat pump?

A ground source heat pump (GSHP) needs space for the ground loops – the available land needs to be at least two and a half times larger than the entire floor area of the property. There also needs to be space for a plant room to hold the heat pump and cylinder. Because of this, only larger properties or those in a rural location are generally suited to a GSHP. The alternative is to drill a series of vertical boreholes that will carry the ground collector pipe.

Air source heat pumps (ASHP), on the other hand, are suitable for a wide range of property sizes and require little space. The heat pump unit sits outside and because there’s no need to dig trenches for ground loops, it is a lot quicker and easier to install. Apart from building a plinth there are no groundworks needed. This is a good option for anyone on a tight build schedule and also a smaller budget.

What about planning permission?

Permitted Development Rights permits some limited minor changes to a property without the homeowner needing to apply for planning permission.

Typically, a GSHP installation will fall under Permitted Development because the heat pump will be out of site, within a plant room. However, if the unit is being installed in a listed building or within an area of conservation then it would be worth checking the specific rules and regulations with your local council.

A large percentage of ASHP installations will also fall under Permitted Development, but the fact that ASHPs do generate some noise means that their location can be an issue, sometimes requiring Planning Permission. This ought to be checked before going ahead with the installation, just in case permission is needed beforehand.

An ASHP installation must either be classified as Permitted Development or receive Planning Permission and, to achieve Permitted Development the ASHP installation must comply with certain standards.

For more information on Permitted Development and the potential need for Planning Permission, download our information sheet.

A financial incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) aims to offer a real incentive to install renewable technologies, such as heat pumps, to heat homes. The scheme offers quarterly payments to homeowners over a period of 7 years, based on estimates of a household’s annual heating consumption.

In order to qualify for the RHI payments, the property and renewables system has to meet certain criteria:

  • The product itself, whether it’s a heat pump or a solar thermal system, must be MCS approved
  • The installation of the system must adhere to strict guidelines

For more information on the criteria put in place and whether the property and system are eligible for the RHI, we recommend you contact Ofgem.

You can use Nu-Heat’s heat pump selector tool to determine if a heat pump is suitable for your project.