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Bedworth Fire Station unveils 
innovative new heating system

As part of the County Council’s commitment to facing the challenge of the climate change emergency, Bedworth Fire Station has unveiled its new 21-century heating system.

The Fire Station in Bedworth, which previously had a mixture of cast iron and panel (without convector fins) radiators that required high flow temperatures (approx. 75°C) to heat the rooms to a comfortable level, was completely overhauled with new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) Heat Pumps.

In addition to Heat Pumps, a control system that allows all indoor units to be controlled from a central point was installed. The control system includes control limiting the temperature range the occupants could adjust to prevent over/under heating of the building and its rooms. The system produces a minimum of 20°C, and a maximum of 23°C in heating mode. Hot Water is now provided by a ‘Hydro’ module which connects to the VRF pipework. 

Due to these changes the Heating efficiency of the fire station is over 4 times that of the previous boiler system.

The heating overhaul of Bedworth Fire Station was delivered thanks, in part, to £283,680 in vital funding from Phase 1 of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which the Council added a further £117k towards. In addition to Bedworth Fire Station, this funding was also used to deliver a VRV Heat Pump System at Station Road Care Home.  

Additionally, the Council has received grant funding to install a large array of roof mounted solar panels at a building Nuneaton.

The Council anticipates that carbon savings of 31 tonnes of CO2 per annum. which will contribute to achieving net zero carbon by 2030. Importantly, it also provides a demonstration of the financial and practical requirements to install Air Source Heat Pumps wholesale across the estate as boilers need replacing.

Find out more about the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/public-sector-decarbonisation-scheme

Find out more about how Warwickshire is facing the challenges of climate change: https://www.warwickshireclimateemergency.org.uk/

Published: 3rd April 2022

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