The North East housing association Thirteen has partnered with an air conditioning manufacturing company to give gas engineers the skills they need to install new green technology.
The 34,000-home landlord has been working with Daikin to train Thirteen’s team of gas engineers and its investment installation team to allow them to install and maintain sustainable heating systems.
Thirteen’s mechanical and electrical team has now been certified by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), an internationally recognised quality assurance scheme.
The MCS is a requirement of the government’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which aims to promote the use of renewable heat.
Thirteen’s executive director of assets Paul Jenkins said: “There is a huge skills challenge around net zero. A big part of it will be upskilling our workforce so that they can install and maintain sustainable heating systems in the future. It’s important for us that we begin that training now.
“This is a fantastic achievement for the gas mechanical and electrical team, who have worked incredibly hard to achieve this certification for Thirteen and gain a wealth of knowledge and skills.
“We’re continuing to look at how we can provide more efficient ways of keeping our customer’s heating bills as low as possible, as we continue to move towards our goals of becoming carbon neutral.”
As part of Thirteen’s investment plans, the housing association’s residents at Oval Grange in Hartlepool are benefiting from new air source heat pumps.
The heat pumps work by extracting heating from the air outside homes and pumping it through the heat exchanger, providing up to 30% renewable heat.
The sustainable technology will provide residents with green, cost-effective heating which is expected to save them up to 30% on their annual energy bills.
The first phase of the scheme has seen 21 homes fitted with the air source heating so far, while 35 more are set to have heat pumps installed over the coming months.
The scheme forms part of Thirteen’s Take Control Campaign, through which it aims to become a greener organisation in line with the government’s target of reducing the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
Image: Thirteen celebrating its new heating system in Hartlepool. Credit: Dave Charnley Photography.