UK commercial heat pump sales posts double digit growth in 2021

New market research from BSRIA has concluded that concerns about the cost of energy helped drive increased demand for low carbon, high capacity heating systems last year in several European markets

The UK and Italy saw double digit growth for sales of high-capacity heat pump systems during 2021, market research has found.

Analysis from BSRIA concluded that sales of heat pumps for commercial use increased on average by 27 per cent in several major European markets over the previous year.

Both the Italian and UK markets saw sales growth above this average figure as a result of what it called “generous financial incentives” for adopting lower carbon HVAC units.

In total, the research studied the market for commercial heat pumps in six countries that included the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK between December 2021 to March 2022.

Commercial units in the study were defined as having a heating capacity ranging from 50kW to 350kW.

Recent increases in the price of energy around the world were seen as driving interest in lower carbon heating systems over the course of 2021.

BSRIA stated, “Energy-saving has been an even hotter topic in some markets as some bills have risen fivefold within 12 months in some markets.”

The group’s research said that air-source heat pumps were found to have shown the largest sales growth. This was despite water-source systems generally costing less for a similar capacity heat output. Air-water heat pumps were found to account for 84 per cent of the high-capacity system market in 2021, the research found.

Of the markets studied in the research, Italy, France and the Netherlands saw the largest sales volume for commercial heat pumps in 2021 with 713, 300 and 290 air-water and ground / water to water systems sold respectively.

Local authority initiatives to support the decarbonization of buildings were identified in the research as a major driver of sales in these markets. BSRIA also cited the European Commission’s Nearly zero-emission building (NZEB) standards as another factor that contributed to the growth in sales of low carbon heating systems.

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