Rinnai’s continuous flow gas fired water heating units have been installed at the award winning Hillcroft Park which is set in the beautiful Ullswater Valley and offers year-round holiday accommodation to suit every taste and pocket. Hillcroft Park sits at the head of Ullswater above the pretty lakeside village of Pooley Bridge and offers traditional camping, camping pods, luxury lodges and holiday homes.
Recently the site, owned operated by the Heath family, added a new visitor pavilion and shower block to add to the existing facilities. Five Rinnai 1200i continuous flow units were installed as a cascade design so that any peak demand can be easily met – the 1200i delivers up to 35 litres of useable hot water per minute. The whole system is powered by LPG. All Rinnai units used in sites which are ‘off grid’ of the mains gas supply are supplied to site LPG ready enabled.
The hot water delivery system at Hillcroft Park incorporates a secondary return utilising Rinnai pure controls and common flue headers on the units to streamline the flue configuration. The site is based on sustainability and energy savings so electronic sequencing is employed on the system. These smart sequencing controls will optimise system performance by only firing additional units when more outlets are opened meaning the site only uses energy when it is needed.
Hillcroft Park has won many awards – notably the David Bellamy Conservation Award – several years running. This honour is awarded to those sites which met and exceed a variety of criteria – Managing their land as a haven for wildlife; Reduce their use of energy, water and other resources; Reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce and support their local communities.
The site is also no strange to celebrities – earlier this year the much-loved comedian, Johnny Vegas returned to Hillcroft Park to open the impressive, new facilities block. Hillcroft Park became Johnny’s Lakeland ‘Home from Home’ for six weeks in 2017 during filming for the BBC series ‘Home from Home’ which appeared on BBC1.
Johnny opened the brand-new facilities building including a shower block that must be one of the most impressive in the UK when it comes to camping bathing facilities. Many of the fixtures and fittings would not be amiss in a luxury bathroom. Not content with high quality showers, basins, taps and tiles – campers also enjoy panoramic Lakeland scenes thoughtfully installed within the facilities themselves as well as a custom-made Lakeland soundscape of dawn chorus, sheep and, of course, water.
At Hillcroft Park, life takes on a slower pace – a throwback to those carefree, childhood holidays. While you can connect to the world wide web while you’re with us, we’d encourage you to ditch the digital, disconnect and discover simpler pleasures like a walk up the fell, a dip in the lake followed by a family feast or a quiet pint and a breath-taking sunset to the sound of birdsong.
The Rinnai HDC 1200i water heater unit uses heat exchanger technology to allow high capacity from mains pressure, thereby guaranteeing all the hot water needed, when it is needed on demand. As well as high capacities, the Rinnai unit has lower greenhouse emissions because of the new reduced NOx burner technology.
Available in both internal and external versions, HDC1200i gives end users 7% net efficiency* because the condensing process delivers up to 97% thermal efficiency, translating to significant energy savings when compared to standard tankless water heaters.
All of which makes the HDC1200i continuous flow hot water system by far the best option for all types of sites.
“The only time you are using energy is when there is a demand, in other words it is only burning gas when a tap or shower is being run and, design improvements by Rinnai have increased heat efficiency of its hot-water appliances from 80% to 95%, while decreasing gas consumption by around 14%,” says Gerard Gulliver for Rinnai.
The HDC1200i is also renewables-ready (suitable for use as a temperature booster for solar thermal and heat-pump) and can be easily configured in a manifold arrangement, ensuring they will never run out of hot water whatever the demand. As long as electricity, water, and gas supplies are connected, hot water is available when the hot water taps are open.
A DIP switch enables pin-point temperature setting and for safety, the over-temperature protection will switch off the heater should the water temperature exceed by 3°C above its set-point.
In real terms, swapping from a hot water storage system to a continuous flow hot water system can save a site several kW a day which equates to a lot of money a year at current prices.
* Tested and certificated by Technigas to EN 26.