BUILDING FOR WELLBEING
From air circulation to asthma and the boiler ban to burns, there’s a compelling
case for specifying underfloor heating to achieve healthier homes in the future.
Ashley Cooper of underfloor heating business, WMS explores the opportunity.
WMS is currently installing underfloor heating (UFH) in 67 houses for its client, CALA
Homes, at its Lansdown Road, development in Cheltenham.
Aware that UFH would benefit its homeowners and partners in many ways from cost and
comfort, to health and safety, the CALA team needed a bespoke system which would be
suitable for its floor structure and finishes, could be installed on budget and was easy to
maintain and manage.
Piers Banfield of CALA Homes, said: “Building and buying houses is expensive, but that
doesn’t mean there should be any less priority given to how a home might impact the
health and wellbeing of its occupants. We know underfloor heating is healthier than using
traditional convection systems – and as it’s also cheaper and faster to install, has lower
maintenance costs, has a long life-expectancy and generates lower energy bills for the
consumer, why wouldn’t you use it?
“We have now had underfloor heating from WMS installed in hundreds of homes across
our portfolio and plan to continue our partnership for many future developments”
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cold air across the floor before heating it and
then convects the warm air upwards towards
the ceiling. Those are the basic physics and
if you’ve been in a room which has UFH
installed, you’ll know how comfortable it feels
– but why is this method of heating so much
better for us?
I’ll start by talking about asthma.
In the UK each day, on average, one in
eight people receive treatment for this
respiratory condition. Convection heating
systems exacerbate this by encouraging the
movement of dust and dust mites in the
air, but because UFH uses radiant heat, this
movement is reduced, providing a much
Next, there’s home safety. Each year,
Wellbeing is a word we’re starting
to hear more and more. No
longer is it something which is
restricted to the health or medical sector –
it’s becoming something we consider in our
everyday lives, which means the houses we
live in and buildings we work in need to step
up to the mark too. This is good news for the
underfloor heating (UFH) sector, because
it’s actually one of the healthiest and safest
ways to heat a building.
UFH works by circulating warm water
through a series of continuous loops which
are fitted under a floor, creating a large radiant
surface which heats a room from the floor
upwards. This radiant form of heating is
much more comfortable than the convected
alternative provided by radiators, which draws