Doré Woodman are an MCS accredited installer of renewable heating systems. The core of our work is in and around Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

We are proud of our technical skills, customer service and absolute dedication when offering the very best solutions in air / ground source heat pumps, underfloor heating and plumbing solutions, to new and existing homes.


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GREEN HOME GRANT – TrustMark Update November 2020

As part of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s, “Ten Point Plan” for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ he has confirmed the Green Home Grant Voucher Scheme has now been extended until March 2022.

The scheme which launched at the end of September was set to run to March 2021, so it’s great news the scheme will continue to March 2022, which will provide relief to households and tradespeople who wish to take advantage of the Green Homes Grant.

Under the Green Homes Grant, property owners can apply for a voucher to help towards the cost of installing energy efficiency measures to their home. Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum of £5,000 or £10,000 if the household is on low income or certain benefits.

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The Green Homes Grant – MCS Update 12th August 2020

There has been much discussion, excitement and confusion as to how this will work and when it will come into practice. This is what we understand so far:

The Grant will:

  1. Come into force from the 1st September 2020 and run until April 2021
  2. Run in tandem with the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and will NOT be one or the other. The £5k will be taken from your RHI and the rest paid over the usual 7 year period
  3. Only be applicable for installations of ASHP / GSHP when carried out by an MCS accredited installer AND a member of Trustmark
  4. Will only be available to homeowners and single dwelling self-builds
  5. Will contribute 2/3 of energy saving products up to a value of £5k – and £10k for those who receive some sort of benefits or low-income allowances

It’s great news that the GHG will not replace the RHI and in fact allows homeowners to receive a larger proportion of their grants up front, to contribute towards installation costs.

Homeowners will also benefit from an even more intense scrutinisation of the installations by way of follow up checks with clients, unannounced site visits and a careful monitoring of Contractor activity.

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Yes. We always carry out a detailed survey of your home to ascertain the exact requirements for heating and hot water. We will advise on any requirements of areas that may need attention to reduce and limit any heat loss i.e, whether your loft is adequately insulated. Although they run at lower temperatures as a traditional boiler system inn most cases the Heat Pump, Air Source or Ground Source, will have the ability to provide 100 % of your heating and hot water requirements.

Our highly trained technical team specifically design your system to work as efficiently as possible. Electricity is generally more expensive than gas and well designed heating systems with a highly efficient condensing boiler can be relatively affordable to run; that said a heat pump will run at a very similar cost to a highly efficient gas boiler however, it is carbon neutral and much better for the environment.

Ground Source Heat Pump is better suited for a larger detached property and although the system is more efficient all year round it is more expensive to install and will require either enough land to lay ground collectors, up to twice the total floor area of a new build property and up to 5 times the total floor area of an older property or we would require the room to enable borehole excavation equipment and works ( a system that enables ground collector pipework to be installed vertically at up to 120 metres).

Air Source Heat Pumps require less initial works and often installed at a third of the price. You would require an outdoor space next to your home for the heat pump unit which will emit some very low noise when in operation. Both systems will require space for a hot water cylinder and a buffer tank (up to 100 Litres).

Our highly trained team will discuss each and every option available and advise the best suited installation for your particular property.

As an MCS Certified company we have the credentials to enable you to apply or the RHI scheme available once we have supplied you with the correct installation and all the documentation that is required. We can help to point you in the right direction for the application and advise wherever needed. It is extremely rare that an application is rejected or an installation does not meet the requirements and again we would advise that information to you prior to any works being carried out.

Yes a Heat Pump will most definitely be up to the task. There are very many Heat Pumps for every situation. Underfloor heating (UFH) systems run at a lower temperature than radiators which is why companies may advise it is better suited for UFH (Heat Pumps run at a lower temperature (up to 50 – 55 degrees) than a typical boiler system (60 to 70 degrees). A heat pump can run at a higher temperature and my not run quite as efficiently to supply heat to radiators. Our technical team will provide all the advise required.