Having a keen interest in self build projects and sustainable architecture, we were thrilled when Charlie Luxton chose to install Herschel infrared panels for his latest eco self build project in the UK.
Herschel Inspire White 1200W infrared panel shown (above left).
The North Cornwall project was designed with the objective of constructing a highly efficient, well-insulated property that lowered usage of embodied energy. Charlie was looking for a low energy electric solution that could work with, and maximise the opportunities from, his solar PV installation.
The specification of the property meant that infrared heating would provide the perfect solution, enabling thermal mass to build up from a low power requirement, just 15wm3. The total wattage of all the heating is less than the capacity of the solar PV, meaning the electricity generated can be used to heat the property and keep a background level of warmth even when the property is unoccupied.
Heating was required for all rooms within the property including the living room, hall, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and utility. Herschel’s ultra slimline and discreet white, high quality Inspire panels were installed throughout the living areas with the stylish Select XL white glass towel rail chosen to complement the contemporary bathroom.
Charlie combined Herschel heaters with Herschel’s IQ control system which allows heating to be controlled remotely over WI-FI and full room-by-room control.
The whole system including installation and controls cost less than £5,000 and has the benefit of a 10 year warranty and zero ongoing maintenance.
“I wanted an efficient, cost effective and easy to install electric heating solution to complement a solar PV installation for my recent eco self-build in Cornwall and the Herschel infrared panels fitted the brief perfectly”.
“We are half way through our first winter and the panels are exceeding expectation, the house is warm and comfortable without knowing where or how it is being heated. The internet control and monitoring is fantastic, allowing us to pre-heat the house before anyone arrives and we can check temperatures of rooms when no-one is there, giving us peace of mind”. Charlie Luxton, December 2016.
Paul Morey, Herschel Infrared, comments “This was an exciting and ground breaking project for Herschel. Charlie Luxton has a wealth of expertise in eco-friendly design and sustainable architecture and so we were delighted that he saw the benefits of Herschel infrared panels for his latest self build project. By linking the Herschel panels to the solar and our fully zoned control system Charlie’s project is an excellent example of the future of sustainable, cost effective and low energy heating for the self build and new build market”.
For more details and photos from Charlie Luxton’s eco build, please visit our site.
Charlie Luxton’s self build project and the use of Herschel “state of the art” electric heaters are featured in The Sunday Times, 18 December 2016.