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Why choose underfloor heating in a new build?

It’s really straightforward and affordable to install underfloor heating (UFH) in a new build. For a similar price to a traditional radiator system, you can benefit from far superior heating that also offers complete design freedom and the luxurious feel of warm floors underfoot.

As a low-temperature heating system, UFH is incredibly efficient in the well-insulated environment of a new build, using little energy, and is also perfectly suited to renewable heat sources, like heat pumps.

Easy to install

UFH is seamlessly installed as part of the build process. Many installers find it easier and quicker to fit in a new build than radiators.
Easy to install

It’s affordable

UFH is great value in a new build project. This is because just the core components are required in comparison to a retrofit system. Some costs, like pouring a screed, will already be factored into the build whether UFH is being installed or not.
Best value for money

Efficiency with a heat pump

UFH is up to 40% more efficient than radiators when paired with a heat pump. If a heat pump is being installed, UFH is the best option. Screed systems, in particular, help to maximise the efficiency of the heat pump.
Market leading heat pumps

The most popular UFH systems for new builds

Underfloor heating is a great choice for a new build project, and there are a variety of options for you to choose from. All of our systems are simple to install and will fit neatly into your build schedule.

So, whether you are interested in a screeded system such as ClipTrack® or saving time with a completely dry system like FastDeck®, we’re sure to have a product for you.

Underfloor Heating for New Builds

ClipTrack® screed underfloor heating

Screed systems, like ClipTrack®, are the most common underfloor heating choice for new build projects. This is because screed UFH is cost-effective, simple to install and fits neatly into the build schedule.

How is ClipTrack installed?

ClipTrack® is installed by ‘clipping’ the heating tube through a polythene layer into the insulation before the screed is poured. The track system, rather than using staples alone, makes it far easier and quicker to achieve an even tube spacing.

ClipTrack® can be used with both solid concrete slab and beam and block floors.

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FastDeck® time-saving underfloor heating

Looking to avoid wet trades and long drying times? FastDeck® is a unique underfloor heating system for new builds that offers a completely dry installation. This means you can save up to 60 days of on-site time in comparison to a screed UFH system.

How is FastDeck® installed?

FastDeck® is installed by laying a strong moulded panel, which holds the heating tube, over insulation. An aluminium laminated structural deck, which is supplied with the system, is then laid over the top. Floor coverings can be fitted immediately.

FastDeck underfloor heating

Acoustic underfloor heating

Nu-Heat also has a wide range of acoustic underfloor heating systems suitable for timber frame, solid, floating and raised access floors. Each solution reduces airborne and impact noise and can contribute towards exceeding Part E compliance standards.

Acoustic underfloor heating

Underfloor heating selector tool

Find out more about the different variations of UFH for new builds with our Underfloor Heating Selector Tool.

Choosing the right underfloor heating system for a new build

There are several different types of UFH that have been specifically developed to suit new build projects. We will always talk you through your options and recommend the right solution.

The type of system that you choose will be influenced by a few factors. Two of the most popular are:

  • The size of the property. For larger homes, you are more likely to opt for a pumped screed rather than sand and cement. This is because it’s much quicker to lay. The type of screed you use will dictate the UFH system you have installed. We offer options to suit both types of screed.
  • Time constraints. If you want to avoid wet trades and long drying times of screed altogether, then FastDeck® or a retrofit UFH system may be a better option.

Don’t forget, you can also install UFH upstairs in a new build! If you have a timber frame build, you can quickly get the first floor deck down and then fit the UFH from below, in between the joists.

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Bespoke heating design

Our underfloor heating systems are designed and overseen by our experts, to meet the specific needs of your project.

Highest quality components

We always use the highest quality, tried-and-tested components, backed up with long warranty periods for added peace of mind.

Lifetime tech support

We offer lifetime tech support on our underfloor heating systems, so you can rest easy knowing we are always on hand to help.

Award-winning service

With our award-winning customer service and support, we ensure you get the best underfloor heating system for your project.

Registered Installer Network

Our Registered Installer Network helps you to find local professionals with expertise in installing underfloor heating and renewable systems.

User-friendly guides

Our helpful guides and manuals cover everything from installation, set up and the running of our UFH systems.

What sets Nu-Heat apart from the competition is their design work and their handover manual, which is fairly comprehensive – they give that extra customer service.

Nick Cole, Director at NDC Plumbing and Heating

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Want help finding the right new build underfloor heating solution?

We would love to speak with you to discuss your project. If you have a question about your existing Nu-Heat system, our technical support team are at hand.

Underfloor heating for new builds FAQs

What is the best screed for water-based underfloor heating?

Both liquid and cement screeds can be used with water-based underfloor heating, but liquid screed generally has better performance and response times. Learn more about common screed FAQs.

How long should you leave screed to dry before using underfloor heating?

Any screed should always be completely dry before the underfloor heating system is turned on. Whilst exact drying times vary depending on project conditions and the type of screed used, typically screed dries at a rate of 1mm per day for the first 50mm and 2mm per day for every additional millimeter.

What is the minimum screed thickness for underfloor heating?

We recommend 50mm for a liquid screed, and 65mm for a sand/cement screed.

Can you screed over underfloor heating?

Yes, underfloor heating works really well with a screed floor. And, as screed is often used in new build projects anyway, the screed that is already being used can be utilised for underfloor heating installation.