I used to wonder what the Romans ever did for us when they ruled Britain. Was it introducing the fig tree to Britain, at Reculver in Kent? Was it Latin place names? Or the first ever recorded Black residents of Britain, ushering in our fabulous multi-cultural society?
Then in 2018 along with my fiancee Claire, I fulfilled a long-standing ambition to visit Hadrian’s wall and I realised the answer … the Romans gave us under-floor heating.
Like many Roman buildings in Britain, here at Housesteads Roman Fort, you can see that they went as far as building a suspended floor so they could have under-floor heating. So they knew a thing or two about building physics, even if they hadn’t invented insulation yet. They may even have copied under-floor heating from Egypt or Mesopotamia.
Have you ever been in a building where your head feels warm but your feet feel cold? A house, or an office, or maybe a place of worship?
This is because most of our buildings have been designed for engineering convenience, and not for the comfort of the occupants, or the environmental impact of energy and water use in the building.
Not every building is suitable for under-floor heating. It is not always practical to completely re-engineer an existing building like an Edwardian house or a 1960s office block or a former pub converted to a mosque. But we can, and should, break with the bad habits of the past that have made our homes and workplaces energy inefficient.
That’s what I do when I visit your home or business. At the moment it’s full of problems. Missing insulation. Fossil fuel heating systems. I help you to find solutions to all these problems. A whole-building approach, that doesn’t start with a fixation on a particular technology, whether it’s under-floor heating, solar energy, or heat pumps; but which helps you understand where to begin and what you might do in the future.
I am the West Midlands’ leading expert in:
- energy saving
- renewable energy
- procurement of energy saving products
- water saving.
My customers include householders, landlords, public bodies, small businesses, charities and coops.
I am independent and impartial.
Phil Beardmore, FRSA AIEMA.
Cllr Karen McCarthy