The owner of a derelict farm building in Derbyshire who converted it into a luxury family home has chosen the Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM underfloor heating system to heat it.
Robert Clifford, a company director, purchased the 120-year old brick and stone constructed Redferns Barn in 2010 and over the past year has overseen its conversion to a family home.
This included the installation of the Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM underfloor heating system throughout the ground floor of the 3,000 sq ft ‘U’-shaped building, encompassing its large kitchen and dining room, lounge, office, cinema room and bedrooms.
Robert comments, “My wife and I lived in a smaller barn conversion in a nearby town and always had the idea of looking at a larger project in the future. We spotted this building by chance in an estate agency window and went on to purchase it.
“I first came across the Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERMsystem when visiting the Schlüter-Systems stand at a self-build exhibition. Having picked up a brochure I was particularly drawn to the system’s innovative features so selected it for our project.
Benefits of Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM include a 30% thinner screed which helps to distribute heat much faster, therefore using less energy and helping to reduce heating bills.
Robert continues, “The plumbers and architects involved in the project were slightly dubious about the system and it's shallow screed, not having installed anything like it before. However having carried out my research and liaised with representatives from Schlüter-Systems I really believed in the product and continued with it. Our home is now wonderfully warm and I know the innovative design of this system will ultimately help us to keep our energy bills lower.”
Ian Knifton, Technical Manager at Schlüter-Systems, comments, “Redferns Barn is one of a number of self-build projects across the UK where Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM has been installed recently and we’re delighted that the system’s economical, effective and energy efficient qualities are making it stand out from the crowd.
“With a low weight, low construction height and the additional system components available for waterproofing and uncoupling the substrate, Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM is particularly suitable for renovations and older buildings such as this, allowing for a wide range of custom-tailored solutions.”
“Its low supply temperature of approximately 30°C, compared to the more conventional 50°C or the 70-90°C in some radiator systems, means it is extremely effective both with conventional heat generation methods and regenerative energy sources such as heat pumps or solar panels making it ideal for new build properties and self build projects.
He adds, “Another key factor we are noticing in customers’ decisions is our five year covering assembly warranty. Whilst some systems only provide component warranties, ours covers the whole floor assembly which provides our customers with additional peace of mind. We understand that overseeing the construction of your own property is often an extremely personal and stressful process but we know that our warranty alleviates some of this pressure from self builders.”