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Baxi forms specialist team to target UK heat network needs

‘Special applications team’ will bring together expertise from all the company’s brands with an aim to target government ambitions for lower carbon district heat solutions

Baxi has formed a special applications team to focus on providing new solutions in line government ambitions to connect more UK homes to heat networks.

The team will be formed from existing expertise and sales networks that supports the company’s Heatrae Sadia Special Applications brand, which will take up an expanded number of responsibilities for other commercial divisions. This is expected to include the packaged plant solutions operations recently acquired by Baxi.

Ian Lock, formerly the general manager of Heatrae Sadia Special Applications, will be leading the new team as business development director.

Mr Lock said the special applications team was focused on bringing together the company’s different brands to provide complete solutions for heat networks as the government seeks to improve uptake of such technologies.

He said, “By drawing on resources and products across the Baxi brands, we will be able to provide a one-stop solution for any customers looking to establish, or work within, a heat network, and enable the government to make great strides towards meeting its upcoming carbon targets.”

The company has claimed that heat networks are expected to serve as an increasingly important component of a strategy to realise more cost effective, low carbon building services over the coming decade.

Anticipated growth in the technology is expected to include single and multiple occupancy buildings linking to a central plant room and making use of individual heat interface units. 

The government has said that heat networks are viewed as a means of adopting larger scale and lower cost sources of heat that could include renewable and recovered energy sources that may otherwise not be viable.

It added that the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that helps inform government on policy issues has estimated that 18 per cent of the UK’s heating needs would need to come from networked solutions to ensure its current carbon reduction targets are met.

Ian Lock will lead the new team in the role of business development director

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