The Atmos Solar shed
Traditional evacuated tube collector solar thermal systems separate the solar collector from the hot water tank. The upside to this is you can mount the solar collector directly to a roof but it means you mean to find space within your building for the hot water tank and the solar thermal system needs an antifreeze solution (glycol) to transfer the heat and electric pumps to circulate this which is less energy efficient.
As an all-in-one self-contained system, the Atmos Ephesus 24 solves this problem but it is an external unit and is therefore subject to UK planning rules. If your property is a not listed building and not in a conservation area you will not need planning permission if your installation fits within the “permitted development” rights.
Essentially, “permitted development” means that your installation location must be 5m from the boundary of your property. If your installation location does not fit within the planners “Permitted Development” rules of being 5m from a boundary, the Atmos Solar shed may be the answer.
Our shed is carefully designed so that the Atmos Ephesus 24 is mounted on the shed, and is no longer classed as a “standalone solar thermal installation”. It becomes a building within the ground of your home (Class E), and provided it is only 2m from your boundary it is permitted development. The shed is a traditional 8’x8′, or 2.4 x 2.4m, with a ridge height of 3m, so provided your garden is 6.4m wide and 4.4m deep, you can install the shed without planning permission. That means instead of spending money and time on planning permission, you can spend it on something of real benefit, and gain a good sized garden shed with plenty of standing room, and a solar thermal system all in one.
The shed should be as close to the house as possible, ideally up against the wall so that the hot and cold pipework can go as short a route as possible in order to keep the cost down and minimise heat losses. If you want a new high-efficiency boiler, why not put it in the shed as well, saving space in the house? If you are a housebuilder, the shed will add value to your home, and makes a perfect bicycle storage shed, something the planners love. The possibilities are endless, need an air source heat pump or an oil boiler? Put it in the Atmos Solar shed and save space in your home.
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