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Challenges for the new build projects

There is a clear starting point for the new construction: the building permit. And with the building permit come the requirements for the heating installation.

The government has decided in the climate agreement that from now on only fossil free construction is allowed. That is the very first requirement. Local regulations can also determine whether drilling is allowed and whether an air/water heat pump can be used due to the expected noise pollution. The newest requirement that will come into effect in 2020 is the BENG, the package of requirements for an Almost Energy Neutral Building. Until then we use the EPG (the Energy Performance of a Building) which is expressed in a report mark, the EPC.

What are the possibilities

Apart from the many brands and suppliers, the choices for the builders are limited. If there are no imposed restrictions, there are roughly the following choices:

For a building block

  • Connect to a heat network
  • Common heat pump with ATES, with Triple Solar PVT heat pump panels for regeneration
  • Common heat pump with Triple Solar PVT heat pump panels
  • Individual heat pump per home with a bottom loop (geothermal heat)
  • Individual heat pump per home with Triple Solar PVT heat pump panels
  • Individual air/water heat pump per home with outdoor unit

For an individual home

  • Individual heat pump with Triple Solar PVT heat pump panels
  • Individual heat pump with a bottom loop (geothermal heat)
  • Individual air/water heat pump with outdoor unit

What does the builder want?

The lowest costs for investment, maintenance and aftercare with the least risk.

Why is Triple Solar interesting:

  • Does very well in the EPC because of the high SPF in the declaration of equivalence, which means that additional measures can be canceled.
  • Easy to plan in the building process: only when the roof is ready.
  • Fewer PV panels required to achieve the EPC requirement due to a higher SPF. Often the roof surface is not large and a more efficient heat pump installation such as Triple Solar must be chosen.
  • Aesthetically attractive for the architect and client.

Outsourcing to an ESCO

Often the builder of a residential block makes use of the possibility of leaving the sustainable heating system outside the purchase price, and station it with another party that sells the energy (= heat) to the future user. Such a company is called an Energy Service Company (ESCO). The advantage for the builder is that the risk and the choice for the type of installation lies in that case with the ESCO.

The advantage for the resident is that the ESCO provides a guarantee for the installation and maintenance for a specified period.

The architect

For the architect, it is nice if the building is tightly finished with beautiful PVT heat pump panels, and is not marred by a technical installation on the roof or on the wall.

Know how for the builder

On the page EPC examples it is explained how the Triple Solar system must be entered in the EPC calculation of Uniec2 or VABI. We will supplement this very soon with the new requirements of the BENG and fill it in Uniec3, VABI etc.

Triple Solar PVT paneel zonnepaneel warmtepomppaneel De Draai Heerhugowaard - 01

Sleek finish

Above an example of a building block with Triple Solar PVT heat pump panels in the new residential area De Draai in Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands. The middle houses have 10 PVT heat pump solar panels supplemented with 2 PV solar panels. Aluminum cover caps are mounted between the surfaces over the pipework for a sleek finish.