november 6th 2018
by Discreteheat –
you can visit them
on stand C23 at
The skirting board
that heats your home...
The smart alternative to radiators
and underfloor heating.
• Available in both ‘wet’ central heating
or direct electric versions
• Choice of controls including Wi-Fi
& Smart Phone enabled
• Connects onto existing heating
systems as well as new installs
• Over 40,000 installations worldwide
An innovative product from
3 Bed Detached Houses
One solution to combat the housing shortage is ‘off -site’
or modular construction. This is where, rather than build
houses often in a muddy fi eld, houses are manufactured in
clean, dry and well-lit factories, eff ectively on a production
line. This has the advantage that the labourforce is located in
one place, quality can be carefully monitored and controlled
and assembly can potentially take place around the clock, at
all times of the year. They are then sent to site on the back of
an HGV as ‘modules’ which are then craned and assembled
together to form a 2, 3, 4 bed house, or even a block of
apartments. As a result a practically fi nished house can be
assembled in a matter of days rather than weeks, especially
if brick-slip cladding or other fi nishes are used.
Just like a car assembly line, each module starts off as a
shell, and is assembled into a fi nished item as parts and
components are fi tted into it. And just like a car assembly
line speed of assembly and ‘right 1st time’ is imperative to
keep the line fl owing.
In addition, modular units are limited to a maximum size
to enable ease of transportation on a standard vehicle and
so internal useable space becomes critical. Coupled with
the fact that modular or off -site construction is very much
a 21st century technology, somehow panel radiators just
didn’t seem to be ‘on message’.
Tom Foster from Studio RHE was instrumental in the
creation of N House, and was committed to make best use
of the light and space that modular manufacturing can off er.
Tom explains “We were clear that we didn’t feel radiators
would be appropriate, both from an aesthetic perspective,
but also from a practical point of view; they consume
valuable wall space and limit window and furniture
positions. We just accepted that underfl oor heating would
be the recommended heating solution and designed the N
House to make the most of the available space. We hadn’t
heard of skirting heating”.
The envelope design was then sent to Atelier 10 in London,
who specialise in the mechanical and electrical design and
specifi cation and have a long association with modular
and off site construction. Jonathan Ward, Technical Director
at Atelier Ten, goes on “We’ve successfully specifi ed
ThermaSkirt skirting heating for several modular providers,
so we were comfortable putting it forward to N House.
Underfl oor heating doesn’t really lend itself to modular
construction, as the modules often break up the fl oorplan,
making installation and control problematic. N House
was an all-electric design, and so we recommended the
ThermaSkirt e is the electric version of the successful
ThermaSkirt H2O and combines the heating radiators into a
stylish pre-painted skirting board profi le – in this instance
a simple pencil round ‘Deco’ profi le. Combining the 2
elements in one reduces capital cost, but more importantly
simplifi es and speeds up assembly of the modules. By
distributing the heating all around the room at low level
and ‘above ground’ ThermaSkirt creates an environment
practically indistinguishable from underfl oor heating, but
usually faster and more responsive and with any fl oor
construction and covering.