Dimplex is shaping up as the number one choice for low carbon heating and hot water following the introduction of its solar thermal hot water system, making it easier than ever to take the all-electric route to Part L compliance.

The solar system joins Dimplex’s extensive line-up of flexible and controllable electric heating and the UK’s widest range of heat pumps, to offer the complete low carbon electric heating solution. The system combines easily with all-electric heating systems to provide a straightforward way to meet Building Regulations requirements.

“Solar thermal water heating is future-proof and provides great flexibility in complying with Part L, allowing developers to take full advantage of the ‘Block Assessment’ methodology,” comments Chris Davis, head of renewables at Dimplex.

Electric heating is the cost-effective preferred solution for many developers, particularly for flats and apartments, with benefits including low capital costs, simple installation, faster build speeds and no pipework or flues. The ‘Block Assessment’ calculation in Part L allows developers to take an innovative approach to compliance, for example by using solar water heating for upper floor flats, with the benefit of the significant CO2 savings being shared across the entire block.

Importantly, the Dimplex flat plate collectors outperform a number of the standard values assigned for solar within the SAP software which, along with other minor adjustments, can make a real difference to achieving compliance. As a result, it’s important to use one of the main industry-recognised software packages which allow for finite adjustments to SAP’s default values, as some of the less well known packages do not have this facility.

To make specification simple and installation easy, the solar thermal hot water system is available in a choice of 12 pre-packaged kits, with each of the system’s components carefully selected for its quality and suitability for the UK’s climate. It’s a complete off-the-shelf solar hot water package, including 2, 4 or 6m2 flat-plate collector kits, heat transfer system, a full range of installation accessories and a choice of purpose-designed solar hot water cylinders with high efficiency coils, fully optimised for solar water heating.

For more details on complying with Part L and a range of other issues affecting the heating industry, visit Dimplex’s information site: www.dimplex-resource.co.uk.

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