Nightingale Housing Projects

Director and co-Founder of Breathe Architecture and Nightingale Housing, Jeremy McLeod is at the forefront of sustainable design.
Automatic Heating is pleased to partner with Nightingale Housing to deliver sustainable heating hot water systems that are highly efficient and fossil fuel free. “Nightingale buildings have to be carbon neutral.” States Jeremy, “To tackle carbon, we have to electrify our buildings, and we have to find ways to heat our buildings and heat our hot water, which is why we use packaged heat pumps.”
Nightingale Housing founder, Jeremy McLeod discusses the challenges they faced integrating sustainable heating systems in their affordable housing projects and how Automatic Heating’s heat pump packages provided viable solutions.
Photo: Nightingale 1 Project at Brunswick, Victoria
Designed by Breathe Architecture
Photograph by Peter Clarke

Finding a carbon neutral solution was not easy for the Nightingale team. Consultants were nervous about specifying heat pumps, with Melbourne’s temperate climate raising concerns. “There were challenges with consultants, and misconceptions. We saw systems being over specified and a number of redundancies put in place, which was making the systems look expensive.”

For Jeremy, it was a meeting with Automatic Heating’s Owner and General Manager Anthony Plaisted that changed everything. “We met Anthony Plaisted, and he spoke to us about hot water storage as an energy battery. You can have a small CO2 heat pump working longer throughout the day. We can task the heat pump either when our solar is on, or off-peak. Anthony helped us redesign a very efficient system.”

Using natural CO₂ as the refrigerant and achieving a high coefficient of performance (COP), CO₂ heat pumps offer both ecological and financial benefits.

The rewards of installing packaged heat pumps are ongoing for Nightingale Housing. “We don’t have twenty individual hot water heaters. We have one high efficiency CO2 heat pump which heats water for the whole building. The same for our hydronic heating. We don’t have twenty individual gas condensing boilers; we have one highly efficient packaged heat pump that does that work as well.

It’s not only good for the environment, it makes it cheaper for everyone to live there over time.”
Automatic Heating is a fourth-generation family-owned HVAC company. For over 90 years we have been creating bespoke heating systems for any application. To learn more about high efficiency heat pumps and hot water solutions, contact our team today.

Crane lifting prefab Hot Water System at Nightingale 2 project
Prefabricated skid frame fitted with Revere™ CO2 Heat Pumps and Thermex Stainless Steel Tanks being crane lifted into position at the Nightingale 2 project at Fairfield in Victoria.