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Biomass Heating Case Study: Loaninghead Farm

Mabeth and Malcolm Paterson run Loaninghead B&B and a self-catering holiday business from their home on Loaninghead Farm in the Loch Lomond and TheTrossachs National Park. Loaninghead is a business member of destination organisation Love Loch Lomond, also on the selected B&B list ‘The Little Green Book’ and in ‘Scotland’s Best B&Bs.’

The main house is an 18th Century red sandstone former hunting lodge and there are also two separate rental cottages and a bothy apartment. The original heating was via an LPG boiler, one of the most expensive fuel types; and the Patersons were keen to investigate options to reduce heating bills preferably using a renewable heating solution and without compromising the comfort of guests.

 Loaninghead - before digging for the biomass pipe

The company Ecoliving was asked to assess the options and put forward a proposal. With the different properties on site it made sense to consider a small district heating system supplying each with the heating and hot water they required from a centralised heat source.

A 50kW ETA pellets boiler was specified by Ecoliving along with large buffer cylinder, pellets store, flue, Heating Interface Units (HIU) and 120m of super insulated pipework to be buried underground and carry the heat to the different properties.

 Loaninghead - the arrival of the new biomass boiler

Appropriate meters were fitted for measuring heating output for the non-domestic Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) which the installation qualifies for being a commercial application and a district heating system.

With a heat demand of over 77,000 kWh/year the anticipated RHI payments amount to £6,048 a year and in excess of £120,000 over 20 years.

The Patersons are delighted with the transformation and the conversion to a renewable and more effective heating solution; for the management and sustainability of the energy measures of their home and business.

The Drymen-based tourism business has an environmental policy which it highlights to guests on its website - read more at

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