Harry Redknapp joins VIPs at Daikin Sustainable Home Centre opening
A new, state-of-the-art air source heat pump showroom opened in Bristol on Friday 8th July to help people across the South West make a confident and successful transition to sustainable home heating.
The Daikin Sustainable Home Centre is launched by PHC Renewables, one of the region’s leading specialists in heating, cooling, and everything in between.
The new centre is a place for homeowners to familiarise themselves with air source heat pump technology, and to sit down with an expert to discuss the best solution for heating and cooling their home, before they’re partnered with a trusted local installer.
As well as providing a hub for homeowners, the centre houses 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 star-studded event was attended by numerous VIPs including Councillor Kye Dudd, Southmead’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Energy, Climate Change and Ecology, football legend Harry Redknapp and industry influencer and YouTube star ‘PB Plumber’.
The launch saw people with an interest in heat pumps, from local plumbing and heating installers to housing associations and developers, and consumers wishing to purchase one for their home.
Councillor Kye Dudd, Southmead’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Energy, Climate Change and Ecology, who cut the ribbon, commented: “I am pleased to officially open the PHC Renewables’ Sustainable Homes Centre, a place where our local community can learn about all the exciting opportunities presented by heat pumps.
“From homeowners looking to save money on their fuel bills and ‘go green’, to installers wanting to train and prepare for the future of low carbon heating, the Sustainable Home Centre, will provide an important ‘heat pump hub’ for the area and will present a step towards our national goal of reaching Net Zero!”
Guests were invited to look around the new centre, meet experts from PHC Renewables and world-leading heat pump manufacturer, Daikin, and view the latest Daikin heat pump technology.
There was also a prize draw on the day and a team from Kia to showcase some of their latest pure electric cars – for which PHC Renewables sells compatible chargers.
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. And that’s what our Sustainable Home Centres are all about.
“We’re delighted that PHC Renewables opened a Daikin Sustainable Home Centre and we’re confident that together, we can make a significant contribution towards our national net zero targets.”
Alex McKinney, Renewables Technical Sales Advisor at PHC Renewables, commented: “Opening our new Sustainable Home Centre is a fantastic milestone for our business. We were thrilled to see lots of friendly faces on the big day, and to have the Councillor, Harry Redknapp, PB Plumber and the team at Kia on board to kickstart our next chapter.
“We pride ourselves on helping homeowners in Bristol and the surrounding area save money and reduce their carbon footprint through the installation of sustainable technologies like heat pumps, heat batteries and solar PV, with great customer service at the heart of everything we do.
“With our complete renewable energy solution offering and Daikin’s market-leading domestic product range, there will be something for everyone to benefit from, at the launch event and beyond.”