Thornham Village Hall reaps benefits of renewable energy

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Thornham Village Hall is set to save on heating bills and enjoy the benefits of renewable energy after the installation of a ground source heat pump.

A 400m2 cedar clad building has been fitted with a Danfoss heat pump by Thermofloor, which is based in Leicestershire.

The heat pump receives its energy through 1,000 metres of horizontal ground loops, laid one metre underneath the six-acre sports field adjacent to the building.

An underfloor heating system throughout the building was also fitted which will provide optimum distribution of the space heating for the building, which has been rebuilt thanks to Lottery funding.

The heat pump will provide a sustainable means of heating the spacious village hall, which is expected to save the community up to 50 per cent on its heating bills. The village committee was also keen to reduce the carbon footprint.

Colin Venes, chairman of Thornham Village Hall, said: “The old building ran on electricity and we were pleased to be able to make use of renewable energy with our new village hall.

“We wanted to make use of the large amount of land we have close by to generate heat for the building through ground source heat pumps. We are really pleased with our decision to use heat pumps, they offer a more affordable and sustainable heating source for the future.

“We have been delighted with the performance of the heat pumps so far and we’ve been amazed with how well the ground loops can extract heat from underneath the sports field. Most people don’t even realise they’re there.”

The hall is used as a community venue for social events and sporting activities, with a room capacity of 150, plus changing rooms and shower/toilet facilities. It was officially opened by The Queen in January.