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Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is becoming more and more popular in commercial as well as residential properties: 

Gaia Climate Solutions reports that its Devi electric underfloor heating system has been installed throughout a new development of one-bedroom and studio apartments for students in Cambridge.
Called The Newton, the development, for Chard Robinson Construction, comprises 23 high-specification apartments on the site of the old Fleur de Lys hotel.
The flats, which are on sale at prices starting at £140,000, are designed to ‘blend sophisticated interiors with modern home comforts’ and are intended for occupation by students.
The original Victorian building has been completely reconstructed to modern British standards and the facade faithfully re-built, integrating original features such as the sandstone pillars and lintels.
Inside, the building is entirely modern, with each apartment isolated from neighbouring properties with double block cavity walls, low voltage LED lighting in every apartment and Gaia’s Devi underfloor system throughout.
Paul Thompson, contracts manager with installer ABS Electrical, said that this was the first time he had worked with the Devi system.
‘It was chosen because Gaia is a reputable company with a good track record. We found that the service was excellent and the system very good to work with. Gaia’s technical back-up was superb’, said Paul.
Raychem says it offers a comprehensive underfloor heating range, including the QuickNet matting and CeraPro loose cable floor warming systems that give comfort heating in bathrooms, kitchens, and other tiled areas.
It also provides self-regulating systems for wood, natural stone, laminate, tiles, and many other floor surfaces.
The company’s products also include electrical safety features so they can be installed in wet room environments enabling the bathroom floor to be heated all the way to the shower drain.
Raychem gives a 12 year Total Care Warranty on all its products including the thermostat.
Its floor heating systems are tested to the highest standards which is why a 12 year Total Care Warranty on all its products, including the thermostat, is applied.
This warranty will not only replace the product but also includes the repair or replacement of the floor covering.
The company says that by installing its products customers can enjoy a warm floor with peace of mind. In addition, Raychem’s network of Certified Pro installers provide a wealth of knowledge in support of our customers, including product selection, design, and installation support.
Certified Pro installers can also offer a 20 year total care manufacturer’s warranty for extended satisfaction of their customers.
Warmafloor, a leading provider of underfloor heating and cooling, has developed a new user-friendly touch-screen control system known as Total Integrated Control Strategy (TICS) Modular.
The technology is designed to provide an all-in-one solution for home owners and building managers to take charge of a property’s cooling, heating and hot water systems from one central location.
Mike Lamb, md of Warmafloor, said: ‘This is the first control platform especially designed for underfloor heating and cooling.
‘One of the biggest benefits of TICS Modular is that it optimises efficiency and ensures the least expensive available heat sources are used, keeping costs to a minimum.’
The system is reportedly accurate to within 0.5degC, as opposed to the 4degC band of usual thermostats, which ensures low running costs.
The general rule is that for every degree Celsius over-shoot, there is a 10% waste in energy so these are significant savings.
TICS Modular allows users to choose between different module options, thereby tailoring the system to match their specific needs, such as setting individual time and temperature control via discrete plate sensors or digital sensors. The technology has already been installed in a range of projects including Berkeley Homes’ new Goodman’s Field development in London and Larkhill Primary School in Wiltshire.

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