Ferndown First School in Dorset

Dorset County Council has selected Remeha Gas 220 Ace boilers to improve the energy efficiency of the heating at Ferndown First School in Dorset. The move, which came as part of the Council’s wider environmental commitments, has resulted in a sharp drop in gas consumption at the school. Initial indications from Dorset County Council are of outstanding gas savings in the region of 50%.

When the original boilers serving Ferndown First School came to the end of their working life, Dorset County Council appointed Mabey Francis Building Consulting Engineers to advise on the replacement. Andy Cope, Director at Mabey Francis, recommended replacing the ageing boilers with two Remeha Gas 220 Ace condensing boilers.

“I have been specifying Remeha products for over 20 years with excellent technical back-up and product reliability,” Andy commented. “As a practice, we have specified many Quinta and Gas 210 Eco Pro boilers, especially in schools. So we had no hesitation in adopting the new generation of Gas 220 Ace boilers.”

The Gas 220 Ace range builds on proven technology to offer an even higher output to physical size ratio, optimum design simplicity and flexibility, and outstanding performance.

Contractor Darren Notley at Dixon Mechanical Services Ltd was impressed with the ease of installation.

“The Gas 220 Ace boilers are light and compact, so they were easy to handle and quick to install,” he said. “The clever packaging design meant that they came off the pallet easily once inside the plantroom and, as they have integrated wheels, positioning was equally simple. We then connected up the pipework and the flues – it all went seamlessly.”

Replacing old or inefficient boilers with high efficiency models is a proven, affordable route to significant energy savings and more sustainable operation. As school budgets grow ever tighter, optimising the energy performance of school buildings is increasingly important to maximise the funds available for students.

The Gas 220 Ace is designed to meet high efficiency, low NOx criteria with high gross seasonal efficiencies of up to 98% and ultra-low Class 6 NOx emissions. This helps contribute to lower heating bills while reliably generating a more comfortable, productive learning environment for children and their teachers.

Ferndown First School’s 286 pupils already benefit from impressive state-of-the-art facilities including an ICT suite, library, art gallery, life skills room and learning zone. Now, with the installation of two of Remeha’s next-generation floor-standing condensing boilers, the heating system is equally advanced.

“The project went extremely well and the new Remeha boilers will provide significant energy savings for the School for many years to come,” added Andy Cope.

Chris Meir, Sales Director at Remeha added: “We’re delighted that our Gas 220 Ace boilers are delivering such impressive gas savings at Ferndown First School. The Gas 220 Ace series was designed to tick all boxes for our customers and end users, from ease of installation to outstanding performance. Naturally, it’s extremely satisfying to see them performing as intended! It’s a great job by all.”

Remeha’s new Gas 220 Ace is a finalist in the Commercial HVAC Product of the Year – Heating Units category of the H&V News Awards 2018. It is available in a wide range of outputs – with 160kW, 200kW, 250kW and 300kW models – and cascade options up to 2,400kW.