What happens if you ask a normal family to boldly go where no-one has gone before - to live in the future? A new Channel 4 series, sponsored by one of the UK's leading energy companies E.ON, and produced by Twofour, transforms the lives of a family, filling their home from top-to-bottom with futuristic technology and gadgets.
As well as having cutting-edge technology and gadgets to play with, the Perera family in Sheffield will be challenged by scenarios likely to come in the next twenty to fifty years – including using renewable heat sources.
Running off an Air Source Heat Pump (Mitsubishi Ecodan) and backed up with solar thermal, the producers wanted to show how practical it is to update an existing property to the latest eco standards.
The producers were concerned that opting for Underfloor heating, as is the default for most Heat Pump suppliers, would cause far too much physical disruption to the house and delay for several more weeks the target 4 week project.
As a result it was agreed to install ThermaSkirt as a more practical alternative to UFH.
DiscreteHeat was asked to completely revamp the 5 bedroom detached house with ThermaSkirt, replacing every radiator and skirting board in every room.