Giacomini UK aims to become the underfloor heating system supplier of choice for care homes in this country.
The Italian industrial giant installed 37,000 square metres of underfloor heating (UFH) in sheltered accommodation, care homes and retirement villages in 2014, including its most recent customer, Caewern Respite Care in Neath, West Glamorgan; a project installed by Ecofit Energy Systems.
Ecofit Energy Systems senior project engineer, Kieran Swift, said that Giacomini UFH was chosen for its quality and energy saving properties. “Giacomini is well known in the industry for not just its quality of products but also the high level of service throughout the whole project. The designs are innovative and truly took the considerations of the site into account. The UFH system is energy efficient and will help the care home to reduce heating bills”.
The design of the UFH was complicated by the care home being on more than one level because it is built on a slope. To conquer the layout, part of the flooring had to be suspended over the lower ground floor and a pre-grooved floating floor panel system was installed, whilst the ground sections utilised a screeded floor build up.
“Underfloor heating is rapidly becoming the number one heating choice for hospitals, schools and care homes due to its many safety features. The large surface area of the floor means the system does not have to be heated to the same high temperatures as a radiator, therefore removing the dangers of hot and protruding surfaces,” Giacomini says.