Vaillant and Kevin McCloud collab to find most interesting heat pump projects  

Vaillant has teamed up with Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud to uncover the truth about having a heat pump installed in a wide variety of homes across the UK and to help answer the common queries about the practicalities of installing and living with this type of low-carbon heating technology.  

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The partnership sees the launch of the Vaillant heat pump challenge, which is looking for installers to help showcase how and when heat pumps work at their best.  

Despite the growing popularity of heat pumps in the UK, recent research carried out on behalf of Vaillant, revealed there are still many questions surrounding this heating technology – often preventing both installers and UK homeowners from taking the first step to fitting one. How they work in the cold, the costs to run, and the type of homes they are suitable for were among the frequently asked questions, to which internet research often gives polarised answers.   

Shedding light on installing and owning heating tech 

So, Vaillant aims to open the debate surrounding heat pumps and shed light on installing and owning this type of heating technology – by challenging the industry to share their heat pump projects and demonstrate the wide variety of homes for which heat pumps are possible. 

The Vaillant heat pump challenge, is looking for installers to submit the most interesting and challenging residential heat pump installations they have been involved in, where many may have initially thought it wouldn’t be feasible or effective. The winning projects will have the chance to film with British property expert and Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.  

Kevin said: “I’ve spent much of my career working with visionary people who have been able to realise their dreams – no matter how ambitious – by building extraordinary homes, despite those around them saying it’s not possible.   

“We’re now in a similar situation in the home energy sector where some have enthusiastically embraced heat pump technology while some people are fearful about reliability and suitability, or simply don’t understand what they are, how they work, and the efficiency benefits they offer.  

“Heat pumps are quite different to boilers in the way they operate, but they’re very efficient and straightforward.  I was an early adopter and chose to put them in my current home too.   So, I’m very excited to be part of Vaillant heat pump challenge, ; it’s a first opportunity to find out what is happening in the here and now to make heating our homes more efficient and climate-friendly. I’m very much looking forward to discovering some great projects and encourage anyone who has installed a heat pump to tell us all about it.”  

Projects that go beyond the obvious  

Henrik Hansen, MD of Vaillant Group, UK and Ireland, said: “We’re looking for those projects where a heat pump wasn’t perhaps the easiest or most obvious solution, but it has delivered a great result for the homeowners and their property. An older cottage, an apartment building with a heat pump on a balcony or a Victorian terrace, for example.  

A collaboration between Vaillant and Kevin McCloud aims to find the most interesting heat pump projects
A collaboration between Vaillant and Kevin McCloud aims to find the most interesting heat pump projects   

“We know this type of installation is happening across the country, so we want to highlight those times people made the decision and invested in low-carbon heating, maybe despite people saying it wouldn’t work. Perhaps the install was easier than expected or technical solutions were found to make it a success.”   

Shortlisted entries will be announced in March and reviewed by a panel of industry judges, including Kevin McCloud. The three winning projects will then be filmed, allowing entrants to discuss the heat pump system in more detail with Kevin – providing a unique opportunity to promote their skills and business. 

Henrik Hansen concludes: “Heat pumps have existed for many years and are a proven solution that can help decarbonise homes today. In many European countries, they are well-known and widely adopted as home heating solutions. 

“We know that with the right skills and expertise, heat pumps can be possible in most circumstances, whether a small apartment in a bustling city or a rustic farmhouse in the countryside. With the Vaillant heat pump challenge, we are looking for those installations where a heat pump was the most desirable choice for the heating system, but the age of the building, surrounding environment or existing system made people question the possibility. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing the entries from the installer community.”