30/04/2013 Cornish manufacturer secures double win at national awards
Kensa Engineering, the Truro based manufacturer of ground source heat pumps, a renewable technology that delivers heating and hot water, has flown the flag for the South West with a double win at the prestigious H & V News Awards 2013, widely acknowledged to be the industry ‘Oscars’.
Celebrating alongside its clients at the prestigious affair hosted at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, Kensa achieved awards in the following categories:
· (Winner) Retrofit Project of the Year– In association with Yarlington Housing Group;
· (Winner) Renewable Project of the Year – In association with New Linx Housing Trust;
Simon Lomax, Managing Director of Kensa Engineering, commented:
“Kensa’s ability to perform innovative and large scale installations has been recognised by our peers and it is a proud moment for the company. As the country’s largest ground source heat pump supplier, it is important that we continue to set an example to the remainder of the industry. Heat pumps are a particularly important technology in the South West because so many rural properties have no access to mains gas. Deployment of heat pumps can result in significantly lower energy bills and carbon.”
Kensa’s award for Retrofit Project of the Year recognised the landmark scheme with Yarlington Housing Group, which involved the installation of 200 ground source heat pumps in 90 days into social housing in Somerset.
Richard Prewer, Head of Property Maintenance at Yarlington Housing Group, commented:
“This remarkable award-winning project defines Yarlington’s commitment to listening to our tenants, who had voiced concerns over their previous night storage heaters. As the judges rightly concluded, ‘the end result brought real energy and cost savings and genuine improvements for tenants’ homes.’ "It is rewarding that our efforts have been acknowledged by industry; they were certainly appreciated by our tenants"
In Summer/Autumn of 2012, Synergy cooperated with KENSA in the largest GSHP retrofit project in the country. 200 houses providing protected accommodation for vulnerable residents were retrofitted with KENSA GSHP'S. Synergy drilled scores of individual boreholes for these houses, which were located in small communities in the Yeovil area.
There was a rigid deadline to meet and space for drilling was very constricted, the resident's wishes regarding noise and disruption had to be respected.
The Yarlington project was successfully completed, well within the deadline and on budget. Simon Lomax , MD of Kensa Engineering wrote:
“The need to co-fund with both DECC RH PP support and CERT grants meant the project fulfilment was compressed into three months. This demanded exceptional project management and cooperation with Yarlington Housing Group and our drillers, a task made simpler by the turnkey approach available as a manufacturer, and the professionalism demonstrated by all of our contractors.”