Self Builder - Solar Hot Water
Free hot water, for life...
Solar Hot Water system for a new build home
A Solar hot water system is a very common choice for people building new houses these days. It can meet your Part L obligations while still providing you with renewable energy for your new home.
Solar hot water panels provide you with free hot water, for life. The hot water is used wherever you have taps, dishwashers, baths, showers, waching machines and so on.
All new houses being built (since 2008) must install a certain amount of renewable energy. This is in the building regulations, but it's also a very sensible thing to do. It can become easy to overlook renewable energy and to consider using that budget to upgrade your kitchen or driveway, though you as a homeowner need to consider the running costs of your home long into the future. We all know that oil is depleting rapidly and we need to move to renewable forms of energy production.
A Kingspan Solar thermal system is a great way to generate your own free hot water, without any hassle. The system from Kingspan solar is the high specification available in the world, so trest assured if you install this system. If we install your Kingspan Solar system, you will get a 20 year parts and labour warranty on the solar panels. This should give you peace of mind long into the future.
The Kingspan solar system have the longest warranty in the worl, the highest effeciency and it also is theonly solar collector in the world with overheat protection. This system prevents overheating in summer and prolongs the life of the system for 30 years and more.
To satisfy Part L in the regs, how much energy do I need to generate with solar thermal?
The simple answer is your floor area in m2 x 10
This will give you a number. This number is the amount of kwhr's you must generate from renewables every year.
Example: My house is 220m2
220 x 10 = 2,200 kwhr/year
You can achieve this with a 40 tube Kingspan solar system combined with a 400 litre solar cylinder. Call us for prices on this.
Can I generate this renewable energy requirement with different technologies?
Yes! You can use heat pumps, solar PV, pellet boilers or stoves. There are other forms of renewable energy also, though they are not very common.
What's the cheapest way to meet Part L in the regs?
Typically Solar PV is the cheapest, though it may not be the most beneficial for you. Sometimes you are better off using a high quality heat pump. This will heat your house and provide you with all your hot water also. You won't need a gas line or an oil tank with a heat pump. If the house is insulated to a good standard (not passive standard) we should be able to heat most houses for less than €1,000 per year.