Industry partners working with the Combined Heat & Power Association (CHPA) and Chartered Institute of Building Services (CIBSE) have published a draft standard for the development of district heating.
A public consultation was launched yesterday to give an opportunity for the wider industry and stakeholders to provide comment and input. The overarching aim is for the standard to ensure the conception, design, build and operation of efficient, cost-effective district heating for all users.
CHPA director Tim Rotheray said: “District heating is focussed on delivering value for the consumer, putting them at the centre of a more local, more efficient energy system. It is because of that value that more than 50 local authorities are considering new district heating investments, contributing to Government’s ambitions for heat networks to go from 2% to 14% of UK heating demand by 2030.
“If we are to meet that ambition, with district heating expanding to urban areas all around the country, we need to ensure these investments are being installed and operated with only the highest of standards so that the consumer sees the clear benefits this energy efficiency infrastructure can provide.”
Phil Jones, chair of the code of practice steering committee and the CIBSE CHP-DH Group, said: “The introduction of minimum standards for heat networks will be a step change in taking this sector to the next level. We are already working on supporting this with training, accreditation and registration of heat network professionals to implement the standards and enhance the quality of district heating from design through to operation.”