In England, four million households live in rented social housing – just under a fifth (17%) of all housing; in Scotland, 23% of dwellings are social rented properties; and in Wales, 10% of the population lives in social homes.

With the drive to upgrade social housing properties to a minimum of EPC Band C, housing associations and local authorities require a low carbon and cost-effective heating solution that will keep energy bills low for tenants.

Our heat panels can help meet these demands, while enhancing the lives of those in rented accommodation through reduced damp and improved air quality.

4 reasons why you should be specifying low carbon heat panels for social housing

1) Ideally suited to smaller homes

Ambion’s low carbon heat panels offer an easy, convenient and affordable means of decarbonising social homes. Our solution is designed to be the perfect partner for the smaller social housing portfolio you’re responsible for.

Social housing is often a smaller terraced home, or a mid-floor flat in a multi-tenement high-rise block. Therefore, when seeking an affordable and low-carbon heating system for properties of these sizes, social housing providers need a solution that is within budget, compact and easy to install, with minimal disruption to tenants. Systems such as air source heat pumps, for instance, are simply impractical for these smaller properties.

2) Cost-effectively decarbonise social properties

For the UK to meet its target of net zero carbon emissions from buildings by 2050, social housing providers must reduce the carbon emissions of the homes they manage to zero. Retrofitting or renovating is nearly always preferred as a lower carbon alternative to rebuilding, and space and planning limitations often prevent other heating solutions from being applied.

With our low carbon heat panels, you can cost-effectively decarbonise social homes – our solutions reduce upfront costs by 50% compared with a heat pump and cut emissions by 60% when compared with conventional systems. As a result, your budget for decarbonising social housing stock goes further, enabling more of your properties to be covered by our low-carbon solution, and setting you on a path to net zero success by 2050.

3) Enhance quality of life for tenants

As a social housing provider, your tenants’ quality of life is your number one priority. With growing concerns around damp and mould in social housing, you need a heating solution that will provide a comfortable and warm environment for tenants to live in, plus help mitigate any air quality risks. Plus, you want to ensure tenants are protected from fuel poverty.

We’re on a mission to enhance the quality of life for residents in your properties. Because our solutions heat the materials in the room, rather than the air itself, we can provide a more consistent and comfortable source of warmth for homes, improving tenants’ air quality while reducing damp and circulating dust too. And with running costs 60% cheaper than conventional electric heating systems, you’re helping protect residents from fuel poverty too.

Finally, our heat panels are incredibly easy to use, with all the system’s controls in one place – again, making your tenants’ lives easier.

4) Achieve affordable heating and improve EPC ratings

When specifying heating systems, social housing providers require a solution that’s built for the future. One which works with other low-carbon technologies, such as solar measures, ensuring the social housing sector can give a warm welcome to environmentally-friendly products for years to come.

Our low carbon heat panels are aligned with a fabric first approach to heating homes. They partner perfectly with solar solutions to help upgrade social homes to a minimum energy performance of EPC Band C – a key Government target for 2030.

Landlords require heating technology that will keep residents happy – combining low running costs and comfort with an easy-to-use system – which can be cost-effectively installed for smaller and multi-occupancy private rental properties.

Not only do our heat panels meet all these demands, they will play a pivotal role in ensuring properties are easier to let.

4 reasons why landlords should be levelling up their properties with heat panels

1) Perfect for smaller private rentals

Rented properties are typically more likely to be smaller environments. Whether it’s a studio flat, a one or two-bedroom apartment, or a terraced house, as a landlord you may find yourself up against space constraints and limitations on the types of alternative heating systems you can install.

This is not an issue for Ambion’s low carbon heat panels, which have been designed to meet the requirements of smaller rental homes. Simply wired to the mains, these are cheaper and easier to install than many other low-carbon heating options.

Finally, as our heat panels feature no moving parts, the system is extremely low maintenance. And as it does not depend on a water-based delivery system, and therefore requires no pipework or plumbing, there’s no risk of water damage.

2) Provide improved thermal performance

Councils are currently clamping down on cold and draughty rented properties across 59 local authorities in England and Wales, ensuring privately rented homes meet a minimum energy performance of EPC Band E. Those failing to fulfil their obligations can be fined up to £5,000 per property and per breach.

Our low carbon heat panels rise to this challenge, improving the thermal performance of rented properties. These are affordable to install and run, keeping your tenants out of fuel poverty. And with the ability to cut emissions by 60% when compared with conventional systems, our solution is eco-friendly too.

3) Futureproof with new technologies

Many private landlords are now considering renewable heating technologies for their rented properties, as a long-term investment for keeping homes warm and energy efficient. Because of this, you want the confidence and peace of mind that any retrofitted heating system you might consider is compatible with the latest renewable innovations.

Delivering a low and flat electrical load, our solutions are the perfect partner to technologies such as solar and battery. They’re also ideal for time-of-use tariffs, which can save 25% on the unit cost of electricity. By choosing heat panels, you’re choosing to futureproof your rented homes.

4) Easier to let

What do tenants want from a rented property? A home that’s comfortable and warm, household systems and appliances that are easy to operate, and a property that won’t break the bank to live in. And, ultimately, attractive properties are easier to let.

By opting for our low carbon heat panels for your rental property, you’re choosing a proven heating system that is easy to use, with all controls in one place, allowing tenants to keep track of energy usage, cost, and target and current room temperatures. The solution also offers low running costs – typically 60% less than conventional electric heating systems, helping tenants stay out of fuel poverty.

It goes without saying that developers want heating solutions that are good for the environment and will make homeowners  lives easier – but whatever system they choose needs to make good commercial sense too.

By opting for Ambion’s low carbon heat panels, these systems will assist in controlling build costs, protecting the bottom line of development projects.

4 reasons why developers should be deciding on heat panels

1) Suitable for smaller properties

For developers upgrading an existing building or completing a new development, homeowners want the assurance of an affordable and easy-to-use heating system, while you want the confidence of a solution that’s straightforward to install and cost-effective. But for compact properties, such as flats and smaller homes, options like air source heat pumps are often not suitable, due to a lack of outdoor space or indoor limitations.

Ambion’s low carbon heat panels overcome this challenge. Easily wired to the mains by a qualified electrician, these are more cost-effective and easier to install than many other low-carbon heating options, and designed to meet the demands of smaller properties.

2) Protecting profits

With the UK aiming for net zero carbon emissions from buildings by 2050, developers have a crucial role to play. Existing housing stock is responsible for 48% of emissions from the UK built environment, and new developments must be designed with sustainability front of mind. Whatever your project, whether it’s retrofitting the UK’s housing stock to more energy efficient and cheaper alternatives, or undertaking a completely new development, you need to help protect the planet while protecting your profits.

Our heat panels deliver a low-carbon solution, slashing emissions by 60% when compared with conventional heating systems. And for a low upfront spend – 50% cheaper than heat pumps – our solution helps protect your profits too.

3) Simple to sell or let

What considerations are front of mind for those looking to buy or rent? Low running costs are currently a top concern, with one survey reporting that almost half of all adults (45%) are finding affording their energy bills difficult. The UK’s housing sector has a responsibility to protect people from fuel poverty; choosing an affordable and energy efficient solution such as heat panels is a key means of doing this.

Ambion’s technology is simple to use, with all controls in one place, so those responsible can keep track of energy usage, cost, together with target and current room temperatures. Not only are running costs 60% less than conventional electric heating systems, the decision to opt for heat panels creates an attractive property for potential homeowners, so the home will be easier to let or sell.

4) Developed for the newest technologies

The rise of renewable technologies such as solar and battery is influencing the heating systems that developers are choosing. No matter what is selected, developers want a long-lasting heating solution that is future-proofed to work with these technologies.

With a low and flat electrical load, our solutions are designed to work with the latest renewable technologies. They’re also ideal for time-of-use tariffs, which can save 25% on the unit cost of electricity. By opting for heat panels, you’re delivering affordable heating, while also making it easier for you to achieve better EPC ratings on your developments.

With many alternative heating solutions impractical for smaller or multi-occupancy developments and the pressure to make sure whatever technologies are being installed will only serve to enhance the saleability of a home, what’s the best available option for housebuilders?

Here, we explain why many housebuilders are giving a warm welcome to low carbon heat panels.

4 reasons why housebuilders should fit new homes with heat panels

The newest developments are embracing renewable technologies and reducing their impact on the environment, in line with legislation.

1) Sized for smaller builds

Whether flats, or terraced or semi-detached homes on new estates, each of these scenarios present a number of challenges when it comes to choosing a suitable heating system. There’s often limited or no space for options such as air source heat pumps.

Ambion’s low carbon heat panels are designed and sized for smaller homes. They can be easily wired into the mains by a qualified electrician. Plus, with a capital cost 50% cheaper than heat pumps and cheaper than electric storage heaters too, they’re a perfect choice for your new build development.

2) Prepare now for the Future Homes Standard

The mission to decarbonise new build properties is already underway. In 2025, the Future Homes Standard will come into force, banning gas and oil boilers from being installed in new builds. With a target of net zero carbon emissions from buildings by 2050, housebuilders are looking to embrace low-carbon technologies now to maintain a competitive edge.

You can stay one step ahead by opting for our low carbon heat panels. Reducing carbon emissions by 60% when compared with conventional systems, they’re – crucially – extremely cost-effective too. This saves you money, so more of your new builds can be covered by this technology, improving your profit margins while satisfying the UK’s net zero ambitions as well.

3) Attract more buyers

Most buyers recognise that new builds will set them back more than an equivalent older property. Energy efficiency is a particularly key selling point, especially for those seeking a long-term solution to lowering their energy bills. And, of course, buyers want utility systems that are hassle-free and easy to use.

Our technology meets all these customer demands, helping your new properties to sell fast. The running costs of our solutions is 60% less than conventional heating systems, assuring potential buyers of savings, as well as being super simple to use. All the technology’s controls are in one place, so users can easily monitor energy consumption and spend, as well as desired and current room temperatures. Providing this confidence as part of a new build package will help drive more sales.

4) Homing in on other low-carbon solutions

With the Future Homes Standard drawing closer, many new developments are now choosing to feature ultra-efficient, low impact technologies that radically reduce energy bills and scale down a home’s carbon footprint. As a result, housebuilders want a heating system that complements this approach and these solutions.

With house builders such as Bellway, Barratt, Persimmon, Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey and Countryside having all pledged to work towards net zero, embracing new technologies such as solar and battery, our low carbon heat panels partner perfectly with these solutions. Their low, flat electrical load makes them the perfect match for solar measures and they can be used for time-of-use tariffs, saving as much as 25% on the unit cost of electricity.

Modern methods of construction (MMC) are a real game-changer for the industry.

With a key strategic priority for the housing sector being to improve construction productivity, the attention and investment in modular construction is only set to grow.

4 reasons why heat panels are made for modular homes

The future of UK homebuilding requires an equally forward-thinking approach to heating. Our low carbon heat panels are the perfect partner to meet this need.

1) Matched to modular dimensions

The modular building market is growing fast, typically 30-50% faster than conventional construction. Built to tighter tolerances due to their factory construction, modular homes address many of the issues faced by the construction industry – from productivity levels to health and safety challenges. Crucially, these tighter tolerances also result in more energy-efficient homes. As a result, offsite construction and Ambion’s low carbon heat panels are made for one another, ideally suited to smaller modular homes.

The Ambion system can be factory fitted and commissioned to specific modular house designs, dramatically reducing installation costs. In fact, when compared with products such as air source heat pumps, heat panels lower installation costs by around 50%. And with no onsite plumbing or pipework needed, it provides you with an efficient solution that requires minimal onsite manual work.

2) Control build costs

The cost efficiencies of MMC are already well documented: lower labour costs, integrated processes reducing the need for subcontractors and expensive subcontractor overheads, reduced rescheduling due to adverse weather, less materials and waste, and increased sustainability. As such, modular construction specialists want a heating solution that cuts costs too.

With a capital cost 50% less than heat pumps and the fact they can be factory fitted and commissioned, heat panels control your build costs too.

3) Happy homeowners

Homeowners want a heating system that’s intuitive, easy to use and affordable. One report from the Energy Saving Trust highlighted that 96% of UK homeowners polled said they were concerned about their home’s energy efficiency. By choosing Ambion’s solution, you can invest in a system that’s popular with homeowners – which will help your new modular homes to sell.

Running costs are 60% less than conventional heating systems, satisfying homeowners’ needs for an energy efficient technology, and the system’s control panel is incredibly easy to use. Households can track energy spend and usage, while staying in control of all their room’s temperatures, with the heat panels using constant dynamic pulsing to maintain this within 0.1˚C of the target temperature, 24 hours a day. By giving potential homeowners this assurance, you can encourage them to sign on the dotted line for their new home.

4) Forward-thinking, future-proof solutions

Academics from the University of Cambridge and Edinburgh Napier University say that construction using volumetric modular systems can produce up to 45% less CO2 than traditional methods of building homes. MMC has always embraced forward-thinking technologies, which is why heat panels are so well suited to modern, modular methods of construction, as they partner brilliantly with other renewable and innovative solutions.

From solar measures to battery, the low and flat electrical load from heat panels makes them ideal to use with these technologies. Ambion’s product is also ideal for time-of-use tariffs, which can save 25% on the unit cost of electricity. With modular set to become the construction method of the future, opting for heat panels aligns with this forward-thinking vision too.

Key benefits of low carbon heat panels

No space constraints
Our sleek heat panels are ideally suited to smaller homes and multi-occupancy buildings

60% less emissions than conventional heating systems.
Cost-effectively meet decarbonisation objectives

Low upfront capital cost
Up to 50% cheaper than heat pumps

Reduced running costs
60% less than conventional electric heating systems, helping keep people out of fuel poverty

Ambion example in bedroom 2

No maintenance
With no moving parts, there’s no hidden costs to worry about

Easy to install
Requiring no central boiler, external unit or water-based delivery system, heat panels can be installed by any qualified electrician

Ready for retrofitting
Aligned with a fabric first approach, heat panels can be easily retrofitted and help improve EPC ratings

Stay in control
Collecting data every hour, users can easily track energy usage and costs

Partners with other low-carbon technologies
A low and flat electrical load makes heat panels the perfect partner for solar and battery

Ambion in Utility Room

Use with time-of-use tariffs
Potential to save 25% on the unit cost of electricity

A stylish solution
As well as being robust and reliable, our stylish heat panels complement any modern home

Simple to use
With all controls in one place, our system provides all the data a user needs, from energy usage and cost to target and actual room temperatures

Ideal for MMC
Ambion’s system can be factory installed and commissioned, requires no on-site plumbing or pipework, and just needs pre-positioned fused spurs

Built to last
Offered with a 10-year warranty, plus online technical support