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UK underfloor heating market forecast to grow in 2018

UK underfloor heating market forecast to grow in 2018

The underfloor heating (UFH) market has performed well over the last few years, driven by good levels of commercial and domestic construction and now accounts for almost 7% of the total UK heating systems sector.

More recent growth can also be attributed to rising energy prices and concerns over fuel bills, and the fact that UFH is now seen as a more affordable mainstream heating option.

In 2017, the market grew by 6%, with similar growth forecast for 2018.

AMA Underfloor Heating

The domestic sector accounts for almost two-thirds of the overall UFH market value, and includes new build activity by housebuilders, the self-build market and RMI / DIY retrofit projects in residential homes.

Non-domestic applications account for the remainder. Although large-scale health and education projects represent the most significant non-domestic end-user markets, opportunities are arising in the care home, industrial, warehousing, leisure and entertainment, commercial office and retail sectors.

Water-based underfloor heating makes up the largest share by value, compared to electric systems. The supply structure is dominated by direct supply, with some manufacturers and other specialists offering a ‘supply and fit’ service.

Elsewhere, UFH systems increasingly form a core component of the product ranges of companies such as tile manufacturers and kitchen and bathroom specialists.

Factors that influence demand for underfloor heating include housebuilding activity, which is expected to continue at a steady pace, as demand for new and affordable housing is likely to remain a major political issue.

The conversion of commercial office spaces into multi-residential flats and apartments, particularly in areas of high population density, should also create additional opportunities for UFH, as they are likely to be smaller in size and high-spec.

Ease of installation continues to be an important consideration within construction, given the ongoing skills shortages and a need to reduce both build time and cost. This is expected to contribute towards further growth in modular build/off-site construction, which should benefit the UFH market.

In addition, the commitment towards further development of the renewable energy sector and sustainable homes should continue, irrespective of whether the Government meets its 2020 targets, and this is likely to favour adoption of UFH. Growth will also be driven by product development focused on flexibility and maximising individual control of systems, which is likely to increase the efficiency of UFH systems further.

The Underfloor Heating Market Report - UK 2018-2022 report is published by AMA Research. The report is available now and can be ordered online at www.amaresearch.co.uk or by calling 01242 235724.

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