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Heat Pumps For Social Housing

Using social housing heat pumps grants tenants unlimited access to affordable heating throughout the year. Heat pumps offer social housing institutions the ability to dramatically reduce fuel poverty by reducing a household’s heating bills and ultimately relieving them of the ultimatum known as ‘heat or eat’.

The heating systems provided by Clade are also fully compliant with the Climate Emergency Declaration (CED) and will contribute greatly towards reducing the carbon footprint left by social housing across the United Kingdom.

The Efficiency Of Heat Pumps For Heating & Cooling Social Housing

With the growing pressure to lower CO2 emissions set out by building regulators across the United Kingdom, social housing heat pumps are the answer to increasing energy efficiency by up to 400%, making them a suitable heating solution today and for the future.

The more decarbonised the electricity grid throughout the country becomes over time, the weaker the association between the CO2 factor and ground source heat pumps will become.

And as renewable energy sources such as solar, wind power, and hydro start to dominate the electricity grid in the UK, social housing heat pumps installed by Clade Engineering will have a much lower CO2 factor for the years to come.


Heat Pump Cost Saving Benefits For Social Housing

Replacing night storage heaters with social housing heat pumps can reduce your heating bills by 30 to 50 percent. Thanks to their ability to provide affordable heating, heat pumps can end fuel poverty, improve the overall well-being of tenants, and reduce unnecessary deaths during the cold winter months.

Heat pumps can last over 20 years while requiring almost no maintenance or annual servicing, making them an equally beneficial heating solution for the tenant and the landlord.

Housing associations often cannot provide funding for the costliest aspect of a heat pump system with a ground source, the designing of the ground array, allowing them to take advantage of a ‘standing charge’ once the heat pumps establish a connection with the infrastructure.

As a result, ground source heat pump projects cost similar to a heat pump system with an air source but with significant energy, carbon, and cost savings throughout its lifespan.

Heat Pumps Can Provide Smart Heating To Social Housing

Social housing heat pumps are fully integratable with smart controllers, allowing tenants to be more comfortable at their residences while lowering their energy bills.

This is possible thanks to the smart controller’s ability to understand a household’s heating preferences. Once the smart controller has all the necessary information, it can automatically help tenants avoid using energy during peak times and shift it to when the electrical grid has the capacity to accommodate it.

This will result in the tenant using lower-cost electricity and a much lower carbon footprint.

Compared to air-source alternatives, ground-source heating pumps have a much bigger potential to help distribute the load on the electricity grid during peak times.

This allows ground source heating pumps to be just as efficient during the day as they are at night, and since the grid typically generates more power than needed during the night, variable tariffs have the ability to go negative.

Funding Options For Social Housing Heat Pumps

When it comes to funding your social housing heat pump system, there are a range of options available to you. Click on the link below to discover your options.


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To give our heat pumps customers complete peace of mind. Following installation, commissioning and a 6 month run-in period the actual performance will be assessed against predicted performance. If the heat pump does not meet the guaranteed performance we will refund the cost of the heat pump and remove it from site.


Clade is the UKs leading manufacturer of natural refrigerant heat pumps. With significant R&D, field trials and a proven deployed portfolio of over 500 natural refrigerant appliances there are no other UK manufacturers that come close to our expertise and experience.

Operating on a national basis from our green manufacturing Technology Centre in Leeds and our Head Office in Bristol, which has achieved CEEQUAL status and the internationally recognised BREEAM Excellent standard, we design, manufacture, supply and maintain heat pumps and refrigeration around the world.

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“Over the past year TRIOS and Clade Engineering Solutions have worked closely together in delivering service to a range of retail and non-retail customers. Clade has proven to be a reliable partner and demonstrated its ability to react quickly and efficiently to customer requests and problems. Through system usage and great communication Clade has rapidly evolved as a partner of choice to TRIOS. The fact that Clade has both service and installation capabilities has given TRIOS confidence that we can rely on them in every situation, where our customers have a refrigeration or mechanical problem. Clade repeatedly demonstrates its customer focused credentials and continues to give great focus and service to TRIOS and our customers.”

Jeff Alden – Managing Director, Trios Group

Wm. Morrison Supermarkets Plc

“Clade have completed new installations on large stores, and refurbishment work within our main estate, and have many more planned in the future.

Their communication, efficiency and can do attitude make them a key strategic partner in our future within both M-Local and main estate. The key to their success with Morrisons is their transparency, and honesty. Nothing is hidden, and no conversations are off limits, they, as a team, are willing to bring new ideas to the table to make efficiencies, and also accept learnings from other teams to improve themselves.

I have absolutely no qualms in recommending them for any work, and hope that you consider them as the added benefit they can bring is invaluable.”

Tom Monaghan – Construction PM & Programme Manager, Wm Morrison Supermarket


“Clade have proved themselves to be a competent and diligent contractor for Marks and Spencer, their work has been delivered to a high standard with quality being the focus. Their deliver of M&S high profile stores has surpassed performance expectations. Clade has proved itself as a growing contractor with a bright future.”

Peter Garner – Marks & Spencer

CTS Shopfitting Ltd

“We have worked with Clade on numerous Co-op projects throughout many years and find them to be very professional and reliable with excellent communication both on and off site. The project management team work alongside ourselves and are very proactive when required.”

Martyn Clark – CTS Shopfitting Ltd

Key Property Solutions Ltd

“Thank you for the excellent work you did at M-Local Doncaster. It made a refreshing to change to come across a contractor who could adapt to change as speedily as yourselves and reacted pro-actively to anything that was required. I look forward to working with Clade again in the future.”

Lol Johansen – Key Property Solutions Ltd (Bowmer & Kirkland subsidiary)


“Clade Refrigeration (now Clade Engineering Solutions) has worked for The Co-operative Group for over 12 years. In this period they have delivered a large number of projects, some of these being high profile developments which have been installed to a very high standard indeed. Their willingness to help and Give support to the client, associated suppliers and the wider industry is noticeable, whilst they also take the time to give valuable feedback on new innovations and products. They have proved themselves in all instances to be a partner and a contractor that repeatedly delivers to the highest standards.”

Bill Watson – The Co-operative Group


Clade Engineering is able to provide heat pumps as either air, ground, or water source. The most suitable type of heat pump depends on several factors related to your property. Generally, air source heat pumps are the most popular because they have the fewest requirements to install. Any type of heat pump can provide hot water and heating to your building.

Heat pumps using CO2 refrigerant as the heat source are friendly to the environment because the CO2 they use stays contained within the appliance and does not get released into the atmosphere. Furthermore, the CO2 we use in our heat pumps has the lowest global warming potential (GWP) of 1 compared to 1000’s for other refrigerants which will all significantly reduce the carbon footprint of your building.

Clade are the industry leaders in heat pump technology. As the heat in buildings challenge became clearer, Clade began the R&D for a new range of heat pumps which would provide a solution for a growing market. The first heat pump was installed in a Co-Op store and achieved a staggering SCOP of 3.7. We have over 36 years of experience and all of our systems are designed and manufactured in the UK.

Our heat pumps meet environmental standards by using a natural refrigerant like CO2. It has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1, which reduces both cost and emissions.

Clade offers a full start to finish heat pumps solution. Our team of engineers design your system, manufacture and supply your heat pumps from our product range, our installation team ensures your heat pump is fully functional and our after sales support team provides ongoing maintenance. You can pick and choose as many or as few of our services to suit your requirements.We ensure that your heat pump system continues to function. Our heat pumps can generate heat from 50kW to multi mega-watt, with a maximum water temperature of over 80 degrees Celsius and a minimum external air temperature of -20 degrees Celsius. Each of our heat pumps also comes with total cooling recovery to ensure a high quality of continued functionality.


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