Ieman Barmaki and Karl Drage join the business at a time when the British-ground source heat pump manufacturer's facilities are being expanded to allow for a 10-fold increase in current production levels.
Barmaki joins Kensa Contracting as director of Low Carbon Partnerships to work with local, regional government and social landlords to help achieve their 2030 Carbon reduction ambitions by developing innovative renewable heating projects.
Kensa Contacting's MD Matthew Trewhella said of Barmaki's appointment: "We have worked closely with Ieman since early 2017 on Enfield Council's 400 flat tower block ground-source heat pump retrofit project. I am delighted to welcome him to Kensa full-time. Ieman's experience at Enfield council and working with Kensa means he is uniquely placed to assist other local authorities achieve their low carbon plans and develop ground source heat pump projects."
"Whilst at Enfield Council I saw first-hand the social and environmental impact that Kensa heat pumps connected to shared ground loops can have," said Barmaki. "Delivering such large projects in local government can involve a lot of collaboration from different departments both internally and externally with partners and funders. I joined Kensa to both replicate and increase the speed at which local authorities can decarbonise their heating demand, addressing both carbon emissions and fuel poverty through innovation and renewables."
Karl Drage joins the Kensa Group as director of Business Development. As the focus on climate change becomes more pronounced, major entities are seeing the potential for ground-source heat pumps to enter the mainstream and Drage will be looking to partner with those organisations, creating new markets so ground-source heat pumps can deliver exceptional outcomes for the owners, users, and the environment.
"We are delighted to welcome Karl to the Kensa Group," said CEO, Simon Lomax. "Karl is hugely experienced and his exceptional technical and commercial abilities can help take ground-source heat pumps into the mainstream. There is a growing awareness that distributed heat pumps linked to shared ground arrays offers a compelling solution for both new build housing and social housing retrofit applications and Karl will help identify and deliver offers which separate the cost of the ground array from the housebuilder or social landlord."
Drage added: "I am delighted to join Kensa as it continues to grow and develop at this critical time for the heat and power industry. The next few years will see a major shift in how we heat our built environment as we transition to a low carbon economy. I am thrilled by the possibilities with Kensa to deploy our leading solutions for low carbon, renewable heating at scale."
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