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Switch2 Energy has welcomed publication of the new CIBSE CP1 (2020) Heat Networks Code of Practice, which will drive further improvements in the planning, design, development, commissioning and operation of UK district and community heating schemes.
The second edition of the Code of Practice provides a number of major updates to the original 2015 version, which established minimum standards to improve the quality of heat network projects from concept through to operation, including procurement.
Phil Jones, Chair of the CP1 Steering Committee, said: “It was always recognised that the Code of Practice would need to be updated at intervals to reflect new experience and understanding, feedback from the industry, changes in regulation and results from research projects. Probably the most important update has been to make compliance with CP1 easier to verify and check.
“A series of fully integrated checklists now presents a more structured and robust toolkit for checking compliance with the Code of Practice. It is hoped that this publication will support the development of a wider heat networks quality assurance scheme, ultimately contributing to the regulation and decarbonisation of the heat sector.”
Ian Allan, CP1 Steering Committee Member and Head of Market Strategy for Switch2 Energy, said: “The updated Code of Practice will take the heat network sector to the next level and support the development of lower carbon, higher efficiency, fully optimised heat schemes as the UK transitions to net zero. This is vital in supporting rapid growth of heat networks and providing customers with an affordable and reliable heat supply that can help resolve the heat decarbonisation challenge.”
He continued: “CP1 2020 introduces a significant number of new enhanced minimum requirements and includes suggested best practice requirements to encourage clients to go beyond basic minimum standards. It will drive enhanced technical standards, such as optimising sizing, reducing heat losses, ensuring low return temperatures and optimising flow – to deliver higher quality, higher performing, future-proofed heat networks.”
The new CP1 (2020) Heat Networks Code of Practice for the UK has been officially published by CIBSE and is available for download here: https://www.cibse.org/knowledge/knowledge-items/detail?id=a0q3Y00000IMrmGQAT
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District heating suppliers can find out how to comply with major updates to the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations at a free webinar, hosted by Switch2 Energy, on Tuesday 19 January 2021 (10am to 11am).
The updated legislation, which came into force on 27 November 2020, requires operators to put their unmetered heat networks into classes. Buildings that are categorised as ‘open class’ are required to use the revised cost-effectiveness tool to assess whether or not they must retrofit final customer meters or heat cost allocators into individual homes.
• Review compliance key dates & legal responsibilities
• Show heat suppliers how to assess their unmetered stock
• Provide understanding of what the building classes are
• Examine and demonstrate the cost effectiveness tool
• Explain heat meters, heat cost allocators & their applications and benefits
“In just 10 months (by 27 November 2021), heat suppliers must identify the building classes of their stock, submit notifications, carry out cost effectiveness assessments for schemes in the ‘open class’ and submit these to the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)”, said Ian Allan, Head of Market Strategy for Switch2.
He continued: “Inevitably, this will mean making plans to install final heat meters in thousands of ‘open class’ properties that are currently unmetered. Our webinar will clearly explain and demonstrate how heat suppliers must analyse their housing stock to meet the strict regulatory deadlines.
“It is already compulsory to install final customer meters on new builds and most buildings undergoing major renovation, so it is expected that there will be few exemptions among existing properties. Assessment will take time and it is vital that heat scheme operators and owners start the process soon to avoid non-compliance penalties. “
To register for the remote connectivity webinar, click on: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PQxHAvFeTXSOdN1e8-0olw