So what has happened to heat pumps in this country? When I decided to give up my gas qualification and install heat pumps I genuinely assumed that heat pumps would be the future and demand would provide me with a good income installing them. I was wrong.

8 years later I have only installed a handful of ground source and air source heat pumps and the last one being 3 years ago, I think the reasons for heat pumps not being mainstream are many but it still surprises me when you look abroad to Germany and see that 85 per cent of new build has a heat pump in one form or another.

We work on high end very expensive properties where the clients will think nothing of spending huge amounts on their kitchens, communications and bathrooms fitments yet when it comes to the plumbing, heating and ventilation this is given little concern and generally treated by most Architects with disdain. I believe the reason the clients are not considering this aspect of the build design is poor information provided to them by the design professionals they have paid handsomely and is treated like an after though. The times I have been to site and seen the most appalling of installs with no care or design consideration given.

OK the long term gains are going to be good say in 10 years time, but how many people think that far ahead and more likely they will have moved house more than once in that time anyway. The big stumbling block in all this is simple – electricity – and why it costs 3 times as much as Gas after all even the worst heat pump installation will be more energy efficient than a fossil fuel gas boiler polluting the atmosphere.

Only when the government gets of it’s ‘arse ‘ and starts to develop electric generation on a large scale effectively and bring the cost of it in line with gas prices will i have any hope of making a living form installing heat pumps.