Simple Life and Vistry launch sustainable heating solutions

Simple Life and Vistry Group set a new standard in single-family housing (SFH) Build to Rent with gas-free heating.

The Pleasley View SFH Build to Rent development that benefits from Simple Life and Vistry Group's sustainable heating solutions | BTR News
The Pleasley View SFH Build to Rent development that benefits from Simple Life and Vistry Group's sustainable heating solutions.

A partnership between Sigma Capital’s Simple Life Homes and Vistry Group will see the pair set a new standard in SFH Build to Rent with the launch of an innovative sustainable heating solution. The move offers renters an alternative to traditional gas boilers.

The implementation of on-site gas-free solutions is part of Simple Life’s continued effort to raise standards in rental housing.

An air source heat pump takes heat from the outside air and boosts it to a higher temperature using a compressor. It then transfers the heat to the heating system in the home.

Air source heat pumps only need to be serviced once a year and residents will benefit from improved fuel savings, whilst still being in control of their home’s temperature.

Simple Life and Vistry Group have partnered with Gateshead Council at its Freight Village development, to introduce a district network heating system serving heating and hot water to all houses on the development.

The Council is onboarding tenants, helping them to set up their accounts and get the most out of the council’s energy network. Additionally, the Tithe Barn development in Exeter, also benefits from a district network heating system with energy supplier Eon.

At Pleasley View in Mansfield, Beaumont Manor in Hemel Hempstead and Top Farm in Nuneaton, air source heat pumps are also being installed. 

 “We believe these to be the first operational SFH Build to Rent developments offering innovative heating solutions to renters. The benefits to residents are unrivalled, from seeing a reduction in their energy bills to contributing less emissions.

“These two developments are setting the standard for the rental industry, and we’re delighted to be working with our partners to deliver futureproof, high-quality housing.”

Luke Lightfoot, Regional Director of Asset Management, Simple Life 

The move to sustainable heating solutions aims to support the 2025 Future Homes Standard, which is set out by the Government. It ensures that new homes built from 2025 onwards will produce 75% to 80% less carbon emissions, contributing to the UK’s aim to achieve its net zero target by 2050.

“At Vistry we are proud to support Sigma’s transition to low-carbon heating. Adopting an array of low carbon technologies before the Future Homes Standard comes into force will ensure we learn valuable lessons and achieve the best outcomes for our partners and their residents.”

Jack Brayshaw, Head of Technical Innovation, Vistry Group

Sigma’s Simple Life Homes is one of the UK’s leading SFH Build to Rent providers. It currently has over 6,000 properties in the UK and c.3,000 homes underway.