ELCO HIUs at the heart new luxury development

Residents of luxury apartments at The Franklin in Bournville, Birmingham, are benefitting from heating and instantaneous domestic hot water, thanks to NEXUS FUTURA IS heat interface units (HIUs) from ELCO Heating Solutions.

79 highly efficient HIUs have been installed as part of a network heating system, connected to three ELCO R603 floor standing boilers in a centralised plant room.

Located in dedicated utility areas in each apartment, the NEXUS FUTURA IS units are capable of providing direct central heating output up to 35kW and instantaneous hot water production via a plate type heat exchanger with heat transfer up to 41kW. The NEXUS HIUs are also easily accessible for servicing and maintenance.

ELCO R603 floor standing units are supplying highly efficient heat input to the facility, thanks to a gross seasonal efficiency of 95.8% and a proven water-cooled, down-firing, premix burner system featuring an all stainless steel heat exchanger assembly. In addition, the boilers are extremely environmentally friendly with NOx emissions less than 35mg/kWh (which easily exceeds the requirements for the best BREEAM score).

The Franklin scheme, which was the former Headquarters of Cadbury’s, comprises a combination of studio, one and two-bedroom luxury apartments, plus a gym for residents, luxury lobby and covered parking. The architects for the project incorporated many of the building’s original features, including the office roof lights, which have been utilised to create internal courtyards in the four penthouse apartments.

Brett Stokes, Area Sales Manager for ELCO Heating Solutions, was closely involved with the project from its inception. He said: “This scheme is a great example of how to effectively utilise the latest boiler technology and our latest heat interface units to provide highly efficient heating and hot water. And having this type of setup in such high end apartments just shows how powerful network heating can be in the residential sector.”

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