08 July 2024

Independent UK law firm Burges Salmon has advised Kensa, the UK’s leading ground source heat pump manufacturer and solutions provider, on its major new partnership with GTC, the UK’s largest installer and operator of last mile multi-utility networks, to deliver a low-cost renewable heating and cooling solution for tens of thousands of new build homes a year – introducing the Networked Ground Source Heat Pump solution.

The partnership brings to market a complete end-to-end heating, hot water, and cooling solution for housebuilders. Ground source heat pumps offer a clean alternative to gas, which is planned to be banned in new build developments from next year under the Future Homes Standard, requiring all new homes to have low-carbon heating. By joining forces, GTC and Kensa will help UK housebuilders and developers transition to a proven, sustainable, low-carbon heating solution.

The Burges Salmon team advising Kensa was led by partner and head of Renewables and Net Zero Services Ross Fairley and associate Aviva Hoekstra. Ross comments: “We were really excited to help Kensa on this important arrangement, which we hope will lead to many new homes benefitting from Kensa’s British-made ground source heat pumps. Burges Salmon’s Net Zero and Renewables teams have a history of helping new technologies like this with great UK companies thrive.”

Tamsin Lishman, Kensa Group’s CEO, adds: “Kensa are delighted to partner with GTC to bring this leading heating and cooling solution to the UK’s housebuilders. Using the heat from the ground beneath our feet, boosted by Kensa’s small and highly efficient ground source heat pumps, homeowners will enjoy comfort and warmth, at low costs. We’ve been delivering this proven solution at scale for over a decade, providing reliable home heating to thousands of UK homes.

“The support and guidance we had from Burges Salmon was invaluable in finalising this significant opportunity for Kensa. We really valued their knowledge and they have a genuine enthusiasm for businesses such as ours looking to contribute to decarbonisation.”

With a dedicated Net Zero team and market-leading expertise in the clean heat sector, Burges Salmon advises Government, investors, developers, landowners and the supply chain on every part of the clean heat cycle, from funding models, procurement and planning through to compliance and evolving regulations.

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