Heat Networks

Heat networks have been identified by the UK government as an important part of the UK's future low carbon energy supply – their commitment to heat networks stems from a recognition of their many benefits. They are well suited to densely populated areas and can reduce carbon emissions when deployed in these environments, they can also be powered using a variety of fuels, including lower carbon sources such as waste heat from process, heat pumps, biomass and energy from waste.

As the heat network market is in relative infancy in comparison to the traditional energy sources of gas and electricity, it is yet to fall under full government regulation and as such there are many networks which are operating poorly, either through faults with their design or operation - to some extents hindering the uptake of a concept that can bring many benefits for all.

To these ends, CIBSE have written a Code of Practice, CP1 which lays down a stage by stage ‘best practice’ process to the identification, feasibility, design and operation phases of heat networks in the UK.

It also operates a register of certified Heat Network Consultants – recognising the skills of individuals to advise & guide parties through the stages, maximising the chances of success for the network.

We are please to announce that we are now members of the register and are looking forward to exploring the exciting opportunities that heat networks can bring to our low carbon future.