The care home sector is especially vulnerable to rising energy costs. Recent changes to building regulations and the introduction of the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) for assessing energy performance have contributed to the headaches operators face when seeking to comply while undertaking new build or refurbishment projects.
With more than 60 per cent of care home energy bills being made up of heating costs, it is important that operators and developers consider advances in heating technology to help reduce running and maintenance costs without jeopardising the comfort of residents in their care.
The first law of thermodynamics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed, just changed from one form to another. In the case of heating, this is achieved by transferring chemical energy into heat (that’s burning gas in simple terms) or converting electrical energy to heat, whether that’s through a panel heater or via a heat pump. So, if we cannot