VIP guests put Rainham at the centre of the renewable heating revoluntion.
Representatives from national and local government have attended the launch of a brand new, state-of-the-art air source heat pump showroom in Rainham, in a landmark moment on the journey to net zero in London and the South East.
The Daikin Sustainable Home Centre has been launched by The Quantum Group, one of the region’s largest and most experienced air source heat pump installation companies, together with world-leading heat pump manufacturer, Daikin – and it’s the first of its kind in Greater London.
Visitors to the centre can familiarise themselves with air source heat pump technology and sit down with an expert to discuss and agree the best solution for heating and cooling their home, before they’re partnered with a trustedlocal installer. And as an extra bonus for environment, a tree will be planted for every heat pump sold.
As well as providing a hub for homeowners, the Daikin Sustainable Home Centre will house a heat pump training centre to help the region’s plumbing and heating installers diversify into renewable heating solutions and ensure the long-term competitiveness of their businesses, as fossil fuel boilers are phased out.
The opening was attended by Lord Callanan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Councillor Robert Benham, Deputy Leader of Havering Council.
Maria Gonella, Finance Director at The Quantum Group, commented: “This is a huge milestone for us, and a real opportunity to put London and the South East at the forefront of the UK’s journey to low carbon heating – creating jobs along the way.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support that’s been available from the government over the past two years. That’s why we were incredibly pleased to welcome representatives from both Havering Council andthe UK Government to the centre – to show them everything we’ve achieved in such challenging times for small businesses, and to kickstart our exciting next chapter.”
Iain Bevan, Commercial Manager – Heating & Renewables at Daikin UK, added: “It’s important that homeowners who want to go green can access expert advice and guidance, helping them find the best solution for their household’s heating and hot water needs.
“Being able to explore and discuss heat pump technology in person is vital, as is knowing that it will be installed by a highly-trained professional. We’ve worked with The Quantum Group for 20 years and so we’re delighted that they’re opening a Daikin Sustainable Home Centre today. We’re confident that together, we can make a significant contribution towards our national net zero targets.”
Business Minister Lord Callanan said: “To achieve our net zero ambitions, we need to change the way we heat our homes. Heat pumps are one way we can provide cost effective, low carbon heating to homes so I am delighted to open this Daikin Sustainable Home Centre in Essex.
“As well as upskilling our workforce and supporting the UK’s target of installing 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028, this centre will also enable consumers to see first-hand all the benefits that come with installing a heat pump.”
Councillor Robert Benham, Deputy Leader of Havering Council, said: “We are immensely proud of Quantum Group and what they have achieved here. The last year and a half has been incredibly tough for everyone, but businesses like Quantum were hit particularly hard by the lockdowns. Thankfully, the Council was not only able to support them with our discretionary business grant, but also through the Business Innovation Fund, which gave them the ability to adapt their businesses to this new world.
“It’s excellent to see a local company take the support on offer and move in such an exciting and worthy new direction. We wish Quantum Group every success.”
For more information, visit https://www.daikin.co.uk/en_gb/energy-for-change/homeowners/find-sustainable-home-centre.