Self-Build, Thurston, Suffolk

Our Energy Efficient Underfloor Heating System Warms Up Suffolk Self-Build

We provided warmth to a high specification self-build home, located in a Suffolk village, using one of our wet underfloor heating systems within all of its ground floor accommodation: offering excellent levels of energy efficiency and occupant comfort, as well as ridding the walls of unsightly radiators.

The home in Heather Close, Thurston, has been built by Bill Sylvester who wanted to create a stylish three bedroom property for himself and his family; and comply with the latest version of the Building Regulations.

The ground floor extends to an area of 75m2, split into five separate zones – including the living areas and kitchen – where the temperature is regulated by Danfoss thermostats. Then a timeclock allows the occupants to set daily or other programme cycles, while the whole Underfloor Heating array is powered by a high efficiency gas boiler.

Our own engineers carried out the installation

Work began by clip fixing the 16mm Emmetti pipes to rigid insulation boards and connecting them back to a main manifold. The pipe loops were covered by a screed which offers even heat distribution within the occupied spaces creating a comfortable temperature profile and optimising economic cycling of the boiler.

Having already lived in his new Suffolk home through one winter, Bill Sylvester, commented:

We moved into the house in August 2016 and had been very satisfied with the performance of the central heating system. While we have radiators in the bedrooms, we decided to install underfloor heating across the ground floor to keep the wall spaces free from obstructions, and chose Gaia on the basis of recommendations from other builders and customers. We were very pleased with the design work done by Gaia prior to our commencing the build, while the engineer who came to carry out the installation of the pipes and controls was very helpful. It took two days to complete and everything has worked very well.

We’re able to offer commercial specifiers, as well as self-builders and other residential clients, a wide selection of water and electric underfloor heating options to suit the demands of new or refurbishment projects.  We work very closely with the manufacturers to provide comprehensive technical and logistical support whatever the scale of the contract.