Gaia’s electric underfloor heating system has been installed in two new award-winning properties completed last year on the Channel Island of Jersey. Designed by local practice Godel Architects, the two two-bedroom houses, known as Zeelandia, are sleek and modern, with subtle references to the Art Deco period. They have already won an award for “Best un-built scheme” at the Jersey Design Awards 2011.
With panoramic views over St Ouens Bay from La Pulente to Guernsey, the houses each incorporate two generous one-bed apartments to the rear and enjoy plenty of amenity space overlooking Les Ormes golf course.
Built by Jersey contractor and developer Cape Construction, the properties are of concrete, stone and glass construction and are heated with Gaia’s electric underfloor system throughout.
The Channel Islands have no mains gas supply and oil is expensive since it must be brought in by sea from the mainland. On the other hand, electricity – brought in via three major undersea cables from France – is abundant and considerably cheaper than elsewhere in the UK. Hence most properties on Jersey are heated electrically, and while traditional radiant heaters are ubiquitous, underfloor heating is becoming increasingly popular, according to Gaia Account Manager, William Theobald.